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With QuickDraw GX, the Macintosh gets a brand new, powerful, and totally different model for text and graphics. Programmers of graphics and page layout applications accustomed to using custom PostScript code during the printing process will have to learn new techniques for imaging on the Macintosh, but the reward is a robust feature set, an easier API, and consistent output whether to a screen (of any resolution or color depth) or a printer (PostScript, raster, or vector). This article should help those programmers make the transition.

QuickDraw, while a powerful imaging model for its time and well suited for interactive graphics on the screen, lacks many features demanded by today's users. To provide features such as transformation (rotation, skewing, and so on) and Bézier curves (ubiquitous in most modern graphics applications), applications in a QuickDraw world must do much of the work of drawing to the screen themselves. However, when printing to PostScript devices such as the Apple LaserWriter, these applications can offload much of this work to the printer by simply using the PostScript language to draw most, if not all, of their graphics and text. For this reason, many Macintosh application programmers have also become PostScript programmers and know how to get things done with the PostScript language.


Before getting into the details of how to make the transition from the PostScript language to QuickDraw GX, you need to understand the two models. The article "Getting Started With QuickDraw GX" in this issue of develop provides an introduction to QuickDraw GX. For an overview of the features of the PostScript language, read on.

The PostScript language is probably best known as a robust graphics model with many capabilities. These capabilities include the ability to fill or frame paths made up of line and cubic Bézier segments, render continuous tone images in both color and grayscale, transform graphics with a matrix, and clip to a path made up of line and cubic Bézier segments. PostScript code can also draw text in a variety of different typefaces and manipulate this text as a graphic.

To a limited extent the PostScript language is also a printing model. Certain operators in the PostScript language are related to printing. These include operators for page control (showpage and copypage), for controlling paper selection, and for controlling device-specific features (setpagedevice in PostScript Level 2).

In addition, the PostScript language serves as a document interchange format. Since it's so widely available on so many different platforms and printers, a PostScript file can be treated as a device-independent document interchange. (However, it's not easily edited except by an expert.) Similarly, it's also used to export clip art. Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files are widely used for exporting and importing artwork into documents.

But the most important attribute of the PostScript language is that, more than a graphics model, it's a programming language with most of the constructs of modern high-level languages. The PostScript language is really a wrapper for the PostScript graphics model. The graphics are invoked by operators in the language. This full programmability makes it easy for programmers to extend the PostScript model to meet their needs. If a desired feature isn't in the PostScript graphics model, it can frequently be programmed in the PostScript language. For example, PostScript Level 1 doesn't contain patterns, but a PostScript procedure can be written to fill a PostScript path with a pattern.

Due to this programmability, it's possible to emulate directly on PostScript printers many of the QuickDraw GX features that aren't present in the PostScript graphics model. When QuickDraw GX generates a PostScript stream, it includes a complex set of PostScript procedures to do so.


This section compares QuickDraw GX and the PostScript language in terms of their graphics, text- drawing, printing, and programming models.

Some differences between the QuickDraw GX and PostScript graphics models include math types, Bézier curves, matrix transformation, and orientation of the y-axis.

Math types. Before entering the world of QuickDraw GX programming, a PostScript programmer must understand the basic differences in how numbers are represented by QuickDraw GX and the PostScript language.

The PostScript language uses floating-point numbers and QuickDraw GX uses fixed-point numbers. The advantage to floating-point numbers is numeric range; the advantage to fixed-point numbers is speed. With fixed-point numbers, addition and subtraction are no slower than with regular integers. QuickDraw GX uses 16.16 fixed-point numbers (32-bit numbers with the high 16 bits representing the integer portion and the low 16 bits representing the fractional portion).

In the PostScript language, color component values are represented by floating-point numbers between 0.0 and 1.0. In QuickDraw GX, color component values are represented by a type called colorValue, which is really a short such that 0x0000 is 0.0 and 0xFFFF is 1.0. QuickDraw GX also uses a type called fract. The fract type is like the fixed type except that only the high two bits are the integer portion and the low 30 bits are the fractional portion. This is generally used for numbers between -1 and 1 where fractional precision is important.

Curves. Both QuickDraw GX and the PostScript language support Bézier curves. However, each supports a different kind (see Figure 1). While the PostScript language uses cubics, GX uses quadratics. A cubic Bézier curve segment is defined by four control points: a starting point on the curve, two points off the curve, and an ending point on the curve. A quadratic Bézier curve is defined by three control points: a starting point on the curve, a control point off the curve, and an ending point on the curve.

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Figure 1 Comparing Control Points on Bézier Curves

Figure 2 illustrates two similarly shaped paths. The one on the left is defined by two quadratic segments, requiring five control points. The one on the right is defined by a single cubic segment, requiring four control points. This seems to imply that in drawing similar shapes, more points are required using quadratics than using cubics and that, therefore, quadratics are at a disadvantage. However, to reduce data size, the data structure for a QuickDraw GX path allows implied points. Each point in the QuickDraw GX path has a control bit, indicating whether the point is on or off the curve. If two consecutive points in the path are off the curve, there's an implied point halfway between the two explicitly specified points. So, as shown in Figure 2, it's only necessary to supply four points for the quadratic path, as the point between point 2 and point 3 is implicit.

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Matrix transformations. Both QuickDraw GX and the PostScript language allow anything to be transformed through a matrix before being drawn. Both use a 3 x 3 transformation matrix. However, in the PostScript language the matrix has implicit constant values in the last column, so there are only six degrees of freedom rather than nine. QuickDraw GX allows you to specify all nine elements of the matrix.

To modify the current transformation matrix (CTM) by a given transformation, an application may use the following PostScript code:

[ 4.17 0.0 0.0 -4.17 -1280.0 1650.5 ] concat
This code concatenates the following matrix with the CTM in the graphics state:

QuickDraw GX has a data structure called gxMapping, which is a structure containing one field. The field is a 3 x 3 array. The first two columns contain fixed-point numbers and specify the skewing, scaling, rotation, and translation of the transformation. The third column is made up of fractional numbers (numbers of type fract) and specifies the perspective portion of the transformation. The following code generates a mapping that's equivalent to the matrix in the PostScript code:

/* Declare a mapping structure (fract1 is a constant for 1.0 in
   mathtypes.h). */
gxMapping       aMapping =
               { { fl(4.17),    fl(0.0),    fl(0.0) }
                 { fl(0.0),    -fl(4.17),   fl(0.0) }
                 { -fl(1280.0), fl(1650.5), fract1  } };

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The y-axis. The y-axis orientation differs in the PostScript graphics model and QuickDraw GX. In the PostScript model, the y-axis increases from the bottom of the page or window to the top and in QuickDraw GX, as in QuickDraw, it increases from top to bottom (see Figure 3).

A fundamental difference between graphics code for QuickDraw GX and PostScript code is that QuickDraw GX is object-based and PostScript code is essentially a stream-based protocol. Although the PostScript language is a programming language, documents usually consist of a set of PostScript procedures followed by a stream that invokes those procedures. Each model has advantages: With a stream-based protocol the graphic content of any given page is virtually infinite. As long as PostScript code is continuously streamed to the printer, it renders into the frame buffer until showpage is issued -- which essentially says, "This page is done; start the next one." With an object model it's relatively easy to share data between objects. A quick summary of objects in QuickDraw GX illustrates this advantage.

QuickDraw GX objects. The shape object is the basic element of the QuickDraw GX graphics model. A shape contains a geometry of any primitive type and points to three other objects that describe how to render that geometry: the ink object, which describes how to apply color to the geometry (as well as transfer mode); the style object, which describes how to affect the geometry before rendering (pattern, dash, and so on); and the transform object, which describes how to map and clip the geometry before rendering. These objects can, in turn, point to other objects. For example, a transform object points to a list of view port objects that describe where to draw the geometry (such as in which window). An ink object points to a color profile object that describes the colors in the ink in a device-independent manner. All the previously described objects could also have lists of tag objects. A tag object is simply a container for any data the application associates with the owning object.

Data sharing is extremely easy in this object model. If I have a picture made up of 100 different shapes and 30 of them have the same color, these 30 shapes can all point to the same ink object. The color for these 30 shapes is stored only once. In a stream-based protocol, it's only convenient to share data between consecutive items in the stream. (You can write PostScript code that shares data between nonconsecutive objects, but it's not easy.)

PostScript procedures and dictionaries versus QuickDraw GX objects. Emulating the object model in PostScript code is possible because it's a programming language. You could use PostScript dictionaries as containers for shapes and then have a PostScript procedure that draws one of these dictionaries. The following is a simple example of how this could work. (Warning: Serious PostScript code ahead.)

/aShape 7 dict def          % Make a dictionary for the shape.
aShape begin                % Put it on the dictionary stack.
    /geometryProcedure {    % Define a procedure for the geometry
        newpath             %  to draw a rectangle.
        100 100 moveto
        0 100 rlineto                   
        100 0 rlineto
        0 -100 rlineto
    } bind def      
    % Dictionary entries for transform.
    /Transform [ 10 0 0 10 0 0 ] def

    % Dictionary entries for the color.
    /redComponent 1.0 def
    /greenComponent 0.0 def
    /blueComponent  1.0 def

    /penWidth 5.0 def
    /fillType (framed) def
end                          % Dictionary definition.

% The following procedure takes a shape dictionary and draws it.
/DrawShapeDict {
    begin                    % Put the shape dictionary on the stack.
    gsave                    % Shape shouldn't affect graphics state.
    Transform concat         % Apply transform.
    redComponent greenComponent blueComponent setrgbcolor
                             % Set the color.
    geometryProcedure        % Execute the geometry procedure.
    fillType (framed) eq {   % If the shape is framed,
        penWidth setlinewidth   %  set the pen width and
        stroke               %  stroke the path.
    } {                      % Else, fill the shape. 
    } ifelse
} bind def

% The following would be in the stream to draw the shape stored in
% the dictionary.
aShape DrawShapeDict

You could use PostScript code in this manner, but most printers have limited memory, and memory management in PostScript printers is difficult (a subject for another article), so it's usually not done.

Graphics state versus shape attributes. In a stream-based graphics model, a graphics state determines how a particular item is drawn. In the PostScript language, the graphics state attributes include the color, pen thickness, transformation matrix, clip, miter limit, end caps, and joins that will be used to fill or stroke the current path, bitmap, or text to be drawn. Applications using PostScript code must efficiently manage the graphics state -- you never want to send more information to the printer than necessary, but sending too little is fatal to the fidelity of the graphics. So, an application emitting PostScript code must send the color for the item to be drawn only if it's different from that of the last item drawn, and do similarly for pen thickness, transformation matrix, and so on.

In the QuickDraw GX object-based model, every shape points to all the information necessary to draw itself. An application merely needs to call GXDrawShape to draw the shape properly with the designated color and pen thickness and other designated characteristics. The application no longer has to keep track of the graphics state. However, there's a different burden (though less cumbersome): making sure shape objects share other objects when possible to reduce the memory used by the picture.

The following code samples effectively illustrate the difference between the two models. Each sample draws two rectangles, one red and one blue, and offsets the second one by (100, 100). First, here's the PostScript code:

/DrawRect {100 100 moveto 25 0 rlineto 0 25 rlineto -25 0 rlineto
    closepath fill} bind def
1.0 0.0 0.0 setrgbcolor             % Set the color red.
100 100 translate                   % Move the coordinate system by 100,100.
0.0 0.0 1.0 setrgbcolor             % Set the color blue.

Now compare the QuickDraw GX code:

void GXDraw2Rectangles()
    gxRectangle     aRectangle =
                        { ff(100), ff(100), ff(125), ff(125) };
    gxShape         rectShape;
    gxInk           redInk, blueInk;
    gxColor         aColor; = rgbSpace;                /* Color will be RGB. */
    aColor.profile = nil;                   /* No color profile. */ = 0xFFFF; = 0x0000; = 0x0000;
    redInk = NewInk();                      /* Make red ink. */
    GXSetInkColor(redInk, &aColor); = 0x0000; = 0x0000; = 0xFFFF;
    blueInk = NewInk();                      /* Make blue ink. */
    GXSetInkColor(blueInk, &aColor);

    rectShape = GXNewRectangle(&aRectangle);/* Create a shape. */

    GXSetShapeInk(rectShape, redInk);        /* Use red ink. */
    GXDrawShape(rectShape);                  /* Draw it. */
    /* Move it over and draw it in blue. */
    GXMoveShape(rectShape, ff(100), ff(100));
    GXSetShapeInk(rectShape, blueInk);       /* Use blue ink. */
    GXDrawShape(rectShape);                  /* Draw it. */

    /* Clean up. */

The PostScript code uses a procedure to draw the rectangle. The procedure is analogous to the shape object. However, each time the rectangle is drawn, the graphics state must be modified to change the color and the transformation. At the end, the graphics state for subsequently drawn items is blue and the origin is shifted by (100, 100) from the original rectangle. Thegrestoreoperator is needed to set the graphics state back to what it was to begin with.

The QuickDraw GX code created a shape, made it red, drew it, moved it, made it blue, and drew it again. No global state was affected, only the shape itself. Moving the rectangle with PostScript code necessitated modifying the graphics state's CTM. With QuickDraw GX code, moving the rectangle involved only translating the shape's own geometry with the GXMoveShape routine.

QuickDraw GX database versus PostScript container. In QuickDraw GX a picture is a type of shape object whose geometry is a list of other shapes. Those shapes in the list can also be picture shapes. Therefore, a QuickDraw GX picture shape is a hierarchical database of shapes. This database can be queried and modified with QuickDraw GX routines such as GXSetPictureParts, which inserts or replaces shapes in a picture shape, and GXGetPictureParts, which retrieves shapes from a picture. Since a picture can have objects that refer to each other, QuickDraw GX must have the whole picture shape available at one time (although not actually in memory, but rather in the disk-based backing store in low-memory conditions).

A PostScript file describing a picture is essentially a container for graphics. The file contains all the data needed to draw the picture, but it can't be readily edited or queried without having an interpreter for the PostScript language built into your application. The PostScript stream-based protocol lets the device draw the stream on the fly.

Again, each model has its advantages. The object model is best suited for interactive applications and the stream-based protocol is best suited for printers with limited memory and no disk drives.

QuickDraw GX contains three different types of shape objects for drawing text: the text type, the glyph type, and the layout type. The text type is the simplest of the three, although it's not the mostprimitive form. Drawing a text shape is similar to using the PostScriptshow operator, as illustrated by the following code samples. First, here's a PostScript "Hello World" program:

24 scalefont                        % Scale it to 24 points.
setfont                             % Make it the current font.
100 100 moveto                      % Move to location 100, 100.
(Hello World) show                  % Draw the text.

Now here's the QuickDraw GX "Hello World" program:

void GXHelloWorld(void)
    gxShape         helloShape;
    gxFont          aFont;
    gxPoint         location = {ff(100), ff(100)};

    /* Find the font object for Times. */
    aFont = FindPNameFont(fullFontName, "\pTimes Roman");

    /* Make a text shape. */
    helloShape = NewText(11, "Hello world", &location);

    GXSetShapeFont(helloShape, aFont);
    GXSetShapeTextSize(helloShape, ff(24));

You can use these examples to help you get started with drawing text in QuickDraw GX. They also show some similarities between the PostScript model and the QuickDraw GX model. Both have font entities: in PostScript code it's a dictionary and in QuickDraw GX code it's an object. In PostScript code, the font matrix entry in the dictionary itself is scaled by thescalefontoperator to set the point size; in QuickDraw GX code, the point size is contained in the shape's style and can be set by a call to GXSetShapeTextSize. For the most part, that's it for similarities.

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Figure 4 Different Glyphs From a Roman Font

Characters and glyphs. To understand the full capabilities of QuickDraw GX typography, you must first understand the difference between characters and glyphs. Characters are symbols that havelinguistic meaning, usually a letter from an alphabet. Glyphs are renditions of those characters or combinations of them. For example, for any given character from an alphabet, there may be various forms of this character that are appropriate to draw at different times (see Figure 4).

The most complex text drawing in QuickDraw GX comes from the layout shape. With a layout shape, the application specifies which characters in the language make up the piece of text to be displayed. Given the language and script system specified in the layout shape's style object, QuickDraw GX can then figure out which glyphs to use for those characters.

The top line of Figure 4 shows three glyphs from a particular Roman font. They're the glyphs for lowercasef , lowercasei, and a lowercase fi ligature. The ligature is an example of a glyph that represents two characters. With a layout shape, QuickDraw GX can detect when thei follows thef and automatically choose thefi ligature glyph when drawing. This allows the user to typef followed by i rather than having to figure out what key combination to type and what font to select to get thefi ligature.

The bottom line of Figure 4 illustrates another example of different glyphs for the same character. The glyph on the left is the normal capitalA for that font. The glyph on the right is a glyph to use at the beginning of the line. With a layout shape, QuickDraw GX detects when the character is at the beginning of the line and automatically chooses the correct glyph.

Platforms and encodings. In most versions of the PostScript language, any given encoding of a font has access to only 256 glyphs at a time. If a font contains more than 256 glyphs, you must use different font dictionaries, each with a different encoding. In effect, the application generating the PostScript code must select from different font dictionaries to create all the glyphs in a given typeface. QuickDraw GX can take advantage of fonts that contain up to 65535 glyphs, all of which are available to any shape object.

The bytes contained in the geometry of a text, layout, or glyph shape can have different meanings depending on the gxFontPlatform and gxFontScript attributes set in the style object. When gxFontPlatform is set to gxMacintoshPlatform and gxFontScript is set to gxRomanScript, the stream of bytes means the same thing it does on a Roman Macintosh system today. If gxFontPlatform is set to gxGlyphPlatform, the bytes are taken two at a time as a short and are treated as glyph indices in the font; a shape object then has direct access to all the glyphs in a font. Each font indicates which platforms, languages, and scripts it supports.

Positioning glyphs in a line of text. The PostScript language provides several methods for allowing your application to explicitly position glyphs on a page. The simplest is theshow operator. This operator simply draws each glyph specified by the string and moves the current point by the advance width of that glyph. The ashow and awidthshow operators allow the application to modify the advance width for all glyphs or a particular glyph. With the kshow operator you can call a general procedure between the drawing of each pair of glyphs specified by the string and the procedure can modify the graphics state before drawing the next glyph. This process is generally used for kerning. In kerning the procedure is passed the two character codes, uses those two codes to look in a kerning table, and modifies the current point appropriately. This method, while totally flexible, is difficult to use because the application must parse font metric files to derive kerning tables to use with thekshowprocedure.

PostScript Level 2 provides a way to position characters without executing a procedure for each glyph drawn -- the xshow, yshow, and xyshow operators. With these operators the application can specify an array of advance widths to use in place of the built-in advance widths of the font. This is faster than using thekshowoperator. Again, the application must generate the advance widths to use, usually by parsing font metric tables and deriving kerning information.

It's possible for applications to generate PostScript code that uses the kshow operator or the xshow, yshow, and xyshow operators to justify, kern, and track text. In QuickDraw GX, a layout shape does this automatically, as specified by metrics in the QuickDraw GX font. Each font contains tables that specify kerning pairs with kerning amounts, optimal tracking values, and optimal choices for how justification should occur. Your application can override these values if you choose, but the values in the font are written by the font designer and therefore cause QuickDraw GX to position the glyphs as the font designer intended. Your application need not parse the font metric tables and position glyphs directly.

When you use layout or glyph shapes, text can have multiple style runs. This allows a single shape object to switch between fonts, sizes, text faces, and languages as many times as desired (see Figure 5).

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Figure 5 A Shape Object With Multiple Style Runs

If you want the application to have direct control over positioning glyphs, use a glyph shape object rather than a layout shape object. Glyph shapes bypass the automatic positioning information. This approach is similar to using PostScript operators. When using a glyph shape, you specify exactly which glyphs are to be drawn in what styles and at what positions and angles. Then, when GXDrawShape is called, it uses this information for rendering.

Using the positions and advance bits in a glyph shape, your application can draw the glyphs anywhere on the page. Figure 6 illustrates some of the data in a glyph shape with various values in the positions and advance bits. Where the advance bit is 1, the value in the positions array is that glyph's absolute position on the page (before being mapped through the shape's transform). Where the advance bit is 0, the value in the positions array is an amount to add to the normal advance vector of the glyph. Not shown in Figure 6 is the tangents array. Each glyph in a glyph shape object also has a tangent vector that specifies an orientation for the glyph in addition to the position.

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Figure 6 Some of the Data in a Glyph Shape

Given the tangent (Tx, Ty), the glyph is transformed through the following 2 x 2 matrix:


It's important to note that glyph shapes don't do any character-to-glyph mapping, as do layout shapes. They map character codes to glyph codes as specified by the gxFontPlatform attribute in the style object, but they don't automatically pick alternate forms of characters (ligatures, for example). If you use glyph shapes in your application, you have to do nearly everything; however, glyph shapes provide the most flexibility.

QuickDraw GX is language aware. When you use the layout type of shape objects, QuickDraw GX is aware of the language and script as specified by the style object. This allows QuickDraw GX to automatically run text, for example, from left to right for English, right to left for Hebrew, and vertically for Chinese. Each font/language combination has a set preference for which way to run text. Because the layout shape can automatically determine where to position the glyphs based on the language, your application can maintain the text for the shape in its linguistic order rather than the display order.

QuickDraw GX also uses script-dependent information when justifying text. For example, in English, justification involves adding or removing white space between glyphs. In Arabic, glyphs are joined by horizontal lines called Kashidas. When justifying Arabic text, QuickDraw GX automatically varies the length of the Kashida to compensate for added or removed space in the text.

The printing models for QuickDraw GX and the PostScript language differ in much the same ways as the graphics models do. PostScript code uses a stream-based protocol while QuickDraw GX uses an object model.

PostScript stream-based printing. PostScript language elements invoke various printing commands such as commands for choosing a particular type of paper or a particular page orientation. With PostScript Level 1, some implementations added operators for bin selection and other device-dependent features. PostScript Level 2 has thesetpagedeviceoperator, which is a generalization of this idea.

A PostScript stream that represents an actual document rather than a particular encapsulated graphic has those various operators embedded between the pages to instruct the printer page by page. In addition to operators, there's a defined protocol for including comments in a PostScript stream to identify the document elements. Some of these occur at the beginning of the stream and some of them occur between the pages. They're called document structuring conventions (DSCs) and are described in detail in thePostScript Language Reference Manual, Second Edition.

QuickDraw GX object-based printing. For each element of a printed document, there's a corresponding QuickDraw GX object. Your application simply associates the appropriate objects when spooling the document's pages and QuickDraw GX does the rest. Your application need not worry about the details of paper trays and transformation matrices to reorient the page.

Global document properties, such as the device information and the number of pages or copies, are stored in the job object. Properties associated with a particular page are stored in the format object. Each format object owns a paper type object.

The job object can be thought of as a context for the document that your application is spooling. The format object contains information such as the page orientation (portrait or landscape) and paper type (US Letter, Envelope, and so on). Each page your application generates can have a different format associated with it. The job object contains a default format that's used if a specific format isn't specified for a page. All your application needs to do to set up the contents of these objects is call the QuickDraw GX printing dialog boxes. The following code example shows how five pages in one job can be printed with four different formats. (The contents of each page are stored in a picture shape object.)

OSErr Print5Pages(shape page1, shape page2, shape page3, shape page4,
        shape page5)
        OSErr                   status;
        EditMenuRecord          myEditMenu;         
        gxFormat                format1, format2, format3;
        gxJob                   myJob;
        DialogResult            result;

        status = GXNewJob(&myJob);
        if (status != noErr) return (status);

        /* Add code here to set up the Edit menu record. */
        . . .

        /* Use dialog box to set up default format for the job. */
        result = GXJobDefaultFormatDialog(myJob, &myEditMenu);
        if (result == okSelected) {

            /* Create three separate formats for the first three
               pages. */
            format1 = GXNewFormat(myJob);
            format2 = GXNewFormat(myJob);
            format3 = GXNewFormat(myJob);
            /* Bring up dialog box to set up page 1's format. */
            result = GXFormatDialog(format1,
                "\pPage Setup for Page 1", &myEditMenu);
            if (result != okSelected) goto canceled;
            /* Bring up dialog box to set up page 2's format. */
            result = GXFormatDialog(format2,
                "\pPage Setup for Page 2", &myEditMenu);
            if (result != okSelected) goto canceled;
            /* Bring up dialog box to set up page 3's format. */
            result = GXFormatDialog(format3,
                "\pPage Setup for Page 3", &myEditMenu);
            if (result != okSelected) goto canceled;

            /* Bring up the Job dialog box. */
            result = GXJobPrintDialog(myJob, &myEditMenu);
            if (result != okSelected) goto canceled;

            /* Now spool the document. */
            GXStartJob(myJob, "\pdevelop Article", 5);
                GXPrintPage(myJob, format1, page1, 1);
                GXPrintPage(myJob, format2, page2, 2);
                GXPrintPage(myJob, format3, page3, 3);
                GXPrintPage(myJob, nil, page4, 4);
                              /* Page 4 uses job's default format. */
                GXPrintPage(myJob, nil, page5, 5);
                                                /* So does page 5. */

        status = GXGetJobError(myJob);
        return (status);

This example calls the QuickDraw GX routines that present dialog boxes, allowing the user to configure all the job and format properties. However, the QuickDraw GX printing API allows the programmer to control these properties directly, if desired. Using this API, your application can exert total control of all aspects of printing without ever bringing up a dialog box!


This section shows you how to use QuickDraw GX to do some of those tricky things you've figured out how to do with PostScript code.

QuickDraw has the concept of a nonsquare pen. You can set the width and height of the pen independently. Both the PostScript language and QuickDraw GX have only one pen dimension; however, you can simulate the framing of a path with a nonsquare pen. Here's the PostScript code:

% Assuming there exists a path ready for drawing in the graphics
% state:
gsave           % Save the current graphics state to muck with later.
1 setlinewidth  % Set the current line width to 1.
xPen yPen scale % Scale the CTM by the pen width and pen height.
stroke          % Stroke the path. The scaled matrix will scale the
                % 1-unit line width by xPen in the x-axis and yPen in
                % the y-axis when stroking. This produces the desired
                % effect.
grestore        % Put back the CTM and line width.
newpath         % Clear the path since we did grestore after stroke.

Now, here's how to do it with QuickDraw GX:

void FrameNonSquare(gxShape theShape, fixed xPen, fixed yPen)
    gxShape         tempShape;
    gxMapping       aMapping;
    gxTransform     aTransform;
    /* Make a copy of the shape to operate on. */
    tempShape = GXCopyToShape(nil, theShape);
    /* Make a new transform for the shape so it's scaled by the */
       pen. */
    aTransform = GXCopyToTransform(nil,
    GXScaleTransform(aTransform, xPen, yPen, 0, 0);
    GXSetShapeTransform(tempShape, aTransform);
    /* Make an inverse mapping to premap the shape so that when it's
        scaled by the pen it will return to its original self. */
    GXResetMapping(&aMapping);      /* Set to identity. */
    GXScaleMapping(&aMapping, FixedDivide(ff(1), xPen),
        FixedDivide(ff(1), yPen), 0, 0);
    GXMapShape(tempShape, &aMapping);
    GXSetShapePen(tempShape, ff(1));        /* Set pen width to 1. */
    GXDrawShape(tempShape);                 /* Draw it. */

The PostScript language allows you to modify the behavior of glyphs by changing entries in the font dictionary, either directly or with themakefontoperator.

Oblique text. This PostScript code creates oblique text:

/Helvetica findfont 24 scalefont        % Put 24-point Helvetica
                                        % dictionary on the stack.
[1.0 0.0 -0.25 1.0 0.0 0.0] makefont    % Skew the font dictionary.
setfont                                 % Make it the current font.
This is how to do it with QuickDraw GX:

/* Modify the style object to do oblique text. */
void ObliqueText(gxStyle aStyle)    
    gxTextFace      theFace;
    gxTransform     aTransform;
    aTransform = GXNewTransform();            /* Make a transform. */
    GXSkewTransform(aTransform, fix1/4, 0, 0, 0);   /* Skew it. */
    theFace.faceLayers = 1;           /* Set text face to 1 layer. */
                     /* Make advance mapping the identity mapping. */

    theFace.faceLayer[0].outlineTransform = aTransform;
    theFace.faceLayer[0].outlineStyle = nil;
    theFace.faceLayer[0].boldOutset.x = 0;
    theFace.faceLayer[0].boldOutset.y = 0;
    theFace.faceLayer[0].outlineFill = gxSolidFill;
    theFace.faceLayer[0].flags = 0;

    GXSetStyleFace(aStyle, &theFace);

The text face data structure is used to modify the way glyphs are drawn. A text face can have multiple layers and each layer can have a style (for patterns and so on), a transform, a boldness, and a fill type. By using all of the fields and layers in the text face, you can affect the drawing of text in all sorts of nasty ways. The next example uses the fill type to simulate outline text.

Outline text. This code creates outline text in QuickDraw GX:

/* Modify the style object to do outline text. */
void OutlineText(gxStyle aStyle)
    gxTextFace      theFace;
    gxStyle         layerStyle;

    theFace.faceLayers = 1;           /* Set text face to 1 layer. */
                     /* Make advance mapping the identity mapping. */
    layerStyle = GXNewStyle();
    GXSetStylePen(layerStyle, fix1/16);    /* Make pen 1/16 point. */
    theFace.faceLayer[0].outlineTransform = nil;
    theFace.faceLayer[0].outlineStyle = layerStyle;
    theFace.faceLayer[0].boldOutset.x = 0;
    theFace.faceLayer[0].boldOutset.y = 0;
    theFace.faceLayer[0].outlineFill = gxClosedFrameFill;   
    theFace.faceLayer[0].flags = 0;
    GXSetStyleFace(aStyle, &theFace);

To do the same thing with PostScript code, modify the font dictionary:

/Helvetica findfont        % Put Helvetica's dictionary on the stack.
dup length 1 add dict begin
        % Make a copy of the font dictionary and put it on the stack.
    1 index /FID eq {pop pop} {def} if else
} forall

/PaintType 2 def     % Make the font PaintType 2. This means stroked.
/StrokeWidth 1.0 16.0 div def           % Make the stroke width 1/16.

/HelveticaFramed exch definefont pop    % Define the outlined font.
/HelveticaFramed findfont 24 scalefont setfont     % Make it current.

Sometimes you want a shape that, if filled, is the same as the result of stroking the original shape. In PostScript code, calling strokepath on the current path applies the current pen width to the path, and the resulting path is one that can be filled to produce the result that calling stroke would have produced.

In QuickDraw GX, the GXPrimitiveShape routine applies the fill and style to any shape to produce a primitive shape. A primitive shape is one that's completely described by its geometry and fill and doesn't need a style object to be drawn properly. For example, a path that's framed with a pen width of 10 becomes a solidFilled shape.

In the PostScript language, the charpath operator takes a string and converts it into a path using the current font in the graphics state. The following code converts the wordHello into a path using the font and font size of the current graphics state:

(Hello) false charpath

Any QuickDraw GX text, glyph, or layout shape object can be turned into a path shape object by calling GXSetShapeType as follows:

GXSetShapeType(myTextShape, pathType);

This converts the shape object myTextShape into a path shape object by applying the font, font size, and text face in the shape object's style object.


Whether or not you're familiar with the PostScript language, the preceding samples and comparisons should help you get going on your QuickDraw GX application. In the days of QuickDraw, you frequently had to resort to generating PostScript code from your application because the graphics constructs simply didn't exist in QuickDraw. However, QuickDraw GX is a robust graphics, text, and printing architecture that does all the things that current drawing applications do and then some. There should be no need to generate your own PostScript code from your application in the world of QuickDraw GX. Using QuickDraw GX as the medium for all drawing also gives your application the added benefit of being able to produce application-independent portable digital documents. You can view portable digital documents with TeachText and print them on any printer, PostScript or not. Enjoy!

DANIEL LIPTON, in addition to being an accomplished PostScript programmer, is an avid animal lover. He lives with a variety of pets, most notably his dog SpotFunction. As a result of many hours of training, SpotFunction can perform some impressive tricks, including both "roll" and "loop." Dan's affinity for animals extends beyond the canine domain to include his pet iguana, who can neither roll nor loop. Although warm-blooded himself, Dan can often be found sunning himself on a rock outside his office at Apple. "I find myself mysteriously drawn to the reptilian lifestyle," he confesses, his eyes intently tracking a fly buzzing about his office. Dan is known to break into fits of uncontrollable laughter whenever he's shown a picture of a gorilla, a fact that his coworkers often use to their advantage during meetings. *

The definitive reference on the PostScript language is PostScript Language Reference Manual, Second Edition (Addison- Wesley, 1990).*

There's more information on QuickDraw GX objects in the article "Getting Started With QuickDraw GX" in this issue ofdevelop .*

THANKS TO OUR TECHNICAL REVIEWERS Pete ("Luke") Alexander, Tracey Davis, Herb Derby, Dave Williams *

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