Artifex Software began 25-years ago with Ghostscript, a page description language (PDL) interpreter software prevalent in printing and related applications requiring rendering and/or conversion from one software language to another. Founded by renowned computer scientist Dr. L. Peter Deutsch, our company has thrived on the basis of our sharp focus on this area of expertise, a zealous commitment to quality and a strong customer service orientation.
Artifex has a long history of engagement with the open source software community. Ghostscript was first released in 1991 as a freely available open source (GPL) alternative to Adobe’s PostScript products and is now widely recognized as a premiere independent implementation of all the leading page description languages. In fact, a June 2016 report released by the PDF Association noted Ghostscript as the third largest creator of PDF files in the world, ranking only behind Adobe and Microsoft.
Known for their unique open architecture, availability of source code, responsive support and portability across an enormous range of CPU’s, operating systems and output devices, our Ghostscript and MuPDF software technologies have long been considered some of the best pieces of freely available software on the Internet.
Originally distributed only as a freely available end-user package, Ghostscript software became highly sought after by OEMs who wanted to license it for their own products. Artifex was created in 1993 to facilitate licensing of Ghostscript under commercial licensing terms.
Over the past twenty years, Artifex has grown its product line and built a strong reputation as a trusted creator, partner, and provider of core technologies for document handling and management. We provide essential technologies to nearly all major printer manufacturers, document management solution companies and PDF tools/creation solutions companies. With the addition of SmartOffice (mobile MS Office document viewing/editing app and SDK), Artifex offers a complete document ecosystem used by organizations ranging from Fortune 500 enterprises to developers and startups.