ICSD for WWW
Viewing Postscript & PDF files
ICSD for WWW uses the lazy program,
which is a version of the University of Geneva's Lazy PulverIx, together with
Tim Pearson's pgplot library,
to produce postscript or PDF plots of either X-ray, synchrotron or neutron powder
diffraction patterns. (The PDF file option is only available if the administrator
has installed a recent version of Ghostscript on his ICSD server - already
installed in the "jaws" Windows server; Ghostscript
converts the postscript file to the popular PDF format, for which most users already
have a browser plug-in).
You do NOT need to install lazy or pgplot to use this feature, but you
WILL need to install the
or else a postscript viewer such as GSview or Ghostview using
Unix and X-window systems also have built-in postscript viewers, which might be used.
Without such a viewer, you will still be able to save the postscript file and send it
to your local postscript printer.
The advantage of PDF or postscript is that the transmitted file is relatively small, yet the
plot can be viewed and printed at high resolution, compared to the usual WWW Gif file.
For postscript viewing with GSView, set Options/DSC Warnings to off
MS Internet Explorer sometimes cannot find/open the postscript file - use PDF instead.
Use Acrobat-6 with MSIE, and uncheck the Acrobat Edit/Preferences/Internet/Display-PDF-in-browser box .
If you are using your own Windows server on the same machine, open Acrobat-6 first (timing).
Mozilla Firefox does not have these problems :-)
You can also Copy the file to your disk, reset the extension to "ps" and open it there.
How to set up to make life easy on Unix computors
You must add the following to your Unix .mailcap and .mime.types files if you
want Ghostscript to automatically open when it encounters a postscript file.
(You can do the equivalent for Macintosh and Windows in the menu set-up) :
To .mime.types add:
To .mailcap add something like:
application/postscript; ghostview %s; description="Postscript document"
application/pdf; acrobat %s; description="PDF document"
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Please report technical problems with ICSD for WWW to email@example.com (Alan Hewat).