Prima::PS::PostScript - PostScript interface to Prima::Drawable


        use Prima;
        use Prima::PS::PostScript;

        my $x = Prima::PS::PostScript-> create( onSpool => sub {
                open F, ">> ./";
                print F $_[1];
                close F;
        die "error:$@" unless $x-> begin_doc;
        $x-> font-> size( 30);
        $x-> text_out( "hello!", 100, 100);
        $x-> end_doc;


Realizes the Prima library interface to PostScript level 2 document language. The module is designed to be compliant with the Prima::Drawable interface. All properties' behavior is as same as Prima::Drawable's except those described below.

Inherited properties


Can be set while the object is in the normal stage - cannot be changed if the document is opened. Applies to implementation of the fillPattern property and general pixel-to-point and vice versa calculations


alpha is not implemented

Specific properties


The number of copies that the PS interpreter should print


could be 0 or 1


The physical page dimension, in points


Non-printable page area, an array of 4 integers: left, bottom, right, and top margins in points.


if 1, a 90 degrees rotated document layout is assumed

Internal methods


Can be called for direct PostScript code injection. Example:

        $x-> emit('0.314159 setgray');
        $x-> bar( 10, 10, 20, 20);
pixel2point and point2pixel

Helpers for translation from pixels to points and vice versa.

fill & stroke

Wrappers for PS outline that are expected to be either filled or stroked. Apply colors, line, and fill styles if necessary.


Prima::PS::PostScript is not responsible for the output of the generated document, it only calls the ::spool method when the document is closed through an ::end_doc call. By default discards the data. The Prima::PS::Printer class handles the spooling logic.


Calls Prima::Application::fonts and returns its output filtered so that only the fonts that support the iso10646-1 encoding are present. This effectively allows only unicode output.