On OS X, is there a good application to open PS files without converting them to PDF?

In addition, I want to associate PS.GZ files to this application, but retain the TAR.GZ association to my uncompressor. Is this feasible?

  • Hello! Regarding the opening: Have you tried to open the PS files directly with Preview.app? – myhd Aug 24 '12 at 12:47
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    Also, would you consider splitting your question, which is actually two questions, into two articles? Your second question will gain visibility, and it will be easier for people to help you. – myhd Aug 24 '12 at 12:49

There are several possibilities:

  • Preview.app (comes with OS X) will open any PS (PostScript) file. In the background, I assume, a conversion to PDF takes place, but this should not be an issue.

  • Adobe Illustrator can open and edit PostScript files. Shelling out a rather big amount of money for just viewing a PS file seems overkill, though. However, there is a free 30-day-trial (link from January 2013 for CS6).

  • PostView by Metaobject is said to support PostScript as well, but I personally am not convinced / could not get it to work.

My personal recommendation: Use Preview.app!

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    Note that Preview cannot "open any PS file" -- it is limited to Postscript files that are structured in such a way that Preview can convert them to a PDF, and then it displays the PDF. That means that hand-coded PostScript may not be compatible, but the output of any commercial application should be. – user116575 Mar 1 '15 at 19:47

To answer your first question:

No need to download anything to open the *.ps file without converting just open your terminal.

open -a textedit filename.ps

It will open a *.ps file like Ultraedit.

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