Windows – How to open an EPS file in GIMP 2? “Could not interpret PostScript file”

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I've created some EPS files in GIMP 2, but I can't open them back up. When I try, the "Import from PostScript" dialog comes up, but no matter what I do, when I proceed I get an error "could not interpret PostScript file".

I'm using Windows 7 x64/64-bit and GIMP 2.8.14, also x64/64-bit.

Best Answer

Per the GIMP EPS bug report on GNOME Bugzilla, you'll have to install Ghostscript (if you haven't done so already), then replace a DLL in GIMP with one from Ghostscript.

  1. Install Ghostscript from the Ghostscript download page. Be sure to get the 64 bit version.
  2. If GIMP is open, close it.
  3. From the Ghostscript bin folder (C:\Program Files\gs\gs9.18\bin for me; your version number may be different), copy the gsdll64.dll file to the GIMP bin folder (C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\bin\ for me).
  4. In the GIMP bin folder, rename libgs-8.dll to libgs-8.dll.backup. You can revert back to this file in case something goes wrong.
  5. Then, rename gsdll64.dll to libgs-8.dll.

The next time you run GIMP and open/import an EPS file, after the "Import from PostScript" dialog, the file will open as usual. =)