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Asciitopgm User Manual(0)						Asciitopgm User Manual(0)

NAME
       asciitopgm - convert ASCII graphics into a PGM

SYNOPSIS
       asciitopgm [-d divisor] height width [asciifile]

DESCRIPTION
       This program is part of Netpbm(1)

       asciitopgm  reads ASCII data as input and produces a PGM image with pixel values which are
       an approximation of the 'brightness' of	the  ASCII  characters,  assuming  black-on-white
       printing.   In  other words, a capital M is very dark, a period is very light, and a space
       is white.

       Obviously, asciitopgm assumes a certain font in assigning a brightness value to a  charac-
       ter.

       asciitopgm  considers  ASCII control characters to be all white.  For a lower case charac-
       ter, It assigns a special brightnesses which has nothing to do with  what  it  looks  like
       printed.   asciitopgm  takes  the ASCII character code from the lower 7 bits of each input
       byte.  But it warns you if the most significant bit of any input byte is not zero.

       The output image is height pixels high by width pixels wide, truncating and  padding  with
       white on the right and bottom as necessary.

       The  divisor value is an integer (decimal) by which the blackness of an input character is
       divided; the default value is 1.  You can use this to adjust the brightness of the output:
       for example, if the image is too bright, increase the divisor.

       In  a  sort  of reminiscence of Fortran line printer carriage control, where a line starts
       with + (plus), asciitopgm combines it with the previous row of output instead of  generat-
       ing  a new row.	This allows a larger range of gray values.  (In Fortran carriage control,
       the first character of every line sent to the printer tells how much to advance the paper,
       with  +	meaning not at all, so that the rest of the characters on the line overstrike the
       ones already on the paper.  What asciitopgm does is rather different  in  that  asciitopgm
       does  not  reserve  the first character of every line that way.	If the first character is
       anything but +, asciitopgm considers it just to be first character of the image.

       If you're looking for something that creates an image of text, with that text specified in
       ASCII, that is something quite different.  Use pbmtext for that.

SEE ALSO
       pbmtoascii(1) , pbmtext(1) , pgm(1)

AUTHOR
       Wilson H. Bent. Jr. (whb@usc.edu)

netpbm documentation			 20 January 2011		Asciitopgm User Manual(0)
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