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Pnmtorle User Manual(0) 						  Pnmtorle User Manual(0)

NAME
       pnmtorle - convert a Netpbm image file into an RLE image file.

SYNOPSIS
       pnmtorle

       [-h] [-v] [-a] [-o outfile] [pnmfile]

DESCRIPTION
       This program is part of Netpbm(1)

       This  program  converts	Netpbm image files into Utah RLE image files.  You can include an
       alpha mask.  If the input is a multiple image file, the output consists	of  several  con-
       catenated RLE images.

       The RLE file will contain either a three channel color image (24 bits) or a single channel
       grayscale image (8 bits) depending upon the pnm file depth.  If a converted  ppm  is  dis-
       played  on  an  8  bit  display, the image must be dithered.  In order to produce a better
       looking image (on 8 bit displays), it is recommended that the image be  quantizing  (to	8
       bit  mapped  color)  prior  to its display.  This may be done by piping the output of this
       program into the Utah mcut or rlequant utilities.  We show an example of this later.

OPTIONS
       -v     This option will cause pnmtorle to operate in verbose mode.  The header information
	      is written to 'stderr'.  Actually, there is not much header information stored in a
	      Netpbm file, so this information is minimal.

       -h     This option allows the header of the Netpbm image to be dumped to 'stderr'  without
	      converting  the  file.  It is equivalent to using the -v option except that no file
	      conversion takes place.

       -a     This option causes pnmtorle to include an alpha channel in the output  image.   The
	      alpha  channel is based on the image:  Wherever a pixel is black, the corresponding
	      alpha value is transparent.  Everywhere else, the alpha value is fully opaque.

       -o outfile
	      If you specify this option, pnmtorle writes the output to this file.  If outfile is
	      - or you don't specify -o, pnmtorle writes the output to Standard Output.

       pnmfile
	      The name of the Netpbm image data file to be converted.  If not specified, standard
	      input is assumed.

EXAMPLES
	  pnmtorle -v file.ppm -o file.rle

       While running in verbose mode, convert file.ppm to RLE format and store resulting data  in
       file.rle.

	  pnmtorle -h file.pgm

       Dump the header information of the Netpbm file called file.pgm.

SEE ALSO
       rletopnm(1)

AUTHOR
       Wes Barris,
       Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC)
       Minnesota Supercomputer Center, Inc.

netpbm documentation			  March 31, 1994		  Pnmtorle User Manual(0)
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