Dabblings in PostScript
PostScript is a very interesting and versatile language. Here I've posted
some of my experiments with the language. Send these directly to any
PostScript-capable printer and watch it do its magic.
Note that some of these may run in infinite loops, so if you don't really
have a PostScript printer, your computer's printer driver may or may not
simply lock up. On a real PostScript printer, you will need to cancel the
job or shut the printer off to stop these.
Read the PostScript code for more information about each script. Feel
free to distribute them and use them how you please, so long as you don't make
any money off of them and don't remove the copyright text.
- Prime Number Calculator
- Put your printer to work calculating prime numbers!
- MIPS calculator
- Ever wonder how much number-crunching power your printer has? This
little ditty calculates and tells you how fast your printer's PostScript
intepreter is, along with some product and version info. My DEClaser 5100
gets around 32 KIPS, while GhostScript on a 900MHz Duron clocks in at a
whopping 28 MIPS!
- a PostScript quine
- The greatest thing about PostScript quines is that it doesn't matter
whether you send the quine itself or the text of the quine to the printer,
you get the same output!
(more on quines)
- Another quine
- Possibly the shortest quine in existence. Note this doesn't print
anything to paper; use an interpreter (such as GhostScript) to view its
- BrainF*** compiler
(sample output from
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- Believe it or not, this program actually compiles BF code into
PostScript, and then executes it. Can be used by simply concatenating the BF
file onto the end of the PS file. Output is echoed to paper.
(more on BrainF***)
- Hunt the Wumpus
- The classic game, Hunt the Wumpus. Run in an interpreter (no paper
That's all for now.