Artifex Software Inc. is the exclusive licensing agent for the highly regarded Artifex Ghostscript® PDF, PostScript, XPS, and PCL interpreter technologies. Ghostscript software began in 1986 as a freely available alternative to Adobe's PostScript products and is now widely recognized as a premiere independent implementation of all the leading page description languages. Artifex also developed and distributes the high-performance PDF and XPS rendering engine "MuPDF".
Known for its unique open architecture, availability of source code, responsive support and portability across an enormous range of CPU's, operating systems and output devices, Ghostscript software has long been considered one of the best pieces of freely available software on the Net.
The growing number of Artifex's licensees worldwide is testament to our successful application of these technologies in the commercial arena. Our clients include such industry leaders as two divisions of Hewlett Packard, IBM, Konica-Minolta, Kyocera and Xerox. In addition, we have highlighted a few of our OEM customers under the "Partner Solutions" links on our home page.
We've earned the confidence of our OEM customers through demonstrated reliability and highly competitive results on performance benchmarks. Each generation of Artifex's technologies reaches maturity through the scrutiny of dozens of external beta testers and thousands of diverse users on the Internet. Before release to customers, Artifex's products are validated with the demanding Quality Logic conformance test suites (the de facto industry compatibility standard).
The foundation of Artifex's technical excellence is our experienced team of design engineers and QA experts. Our staff includes the most senior PDF, PostScript, XPS, PCL, and color science technologists in the industry. They provide responsive support for our existing technologies, as well as the expertise to extend those capabilities both as a part of our continuous product improvement process and by targeted development projects in response to specific customer needs.
As a technology provider, Artifex Software Inc. is committed to offering complete and independent implementations of all the commercially important high-level PDL's for the printing and document processing industry. Artifex Software Inc. is continually expanding its array of interpreter and technology offerings to meet the current and emerging needs of our OEM customers.
Artifex Software Inc. began in 1993 as the exclusive commercial licensing agent for the Ghostscript interpreter technologies of Aladdin Enterprises. Ghostscript software was the first independent implementation of PDF and PCLXL. With an increasing presence in both host-based and embedded applications, Ghostscript technologies set the pace for PostScript, PDF, PCL5, PCLXL and XPS.
In support of the concept of open technology, Ghostscript software was created as a fully functional, cross-platform PDF, PostScript, PCL, and XPS interpreter with source code availability. Originally distributed as a freely available end-user package, Ghostscript software became highly sought after by OEMs who wanted to license it for their own products. Thus, Artifex was created to facilitate transfer of freely available software to commercial licensing applications. In keeping with Artifex's open source tradition, we also provide MuPDF under the open source AGPL license.