pstopnm(1) General Commands Manual pstopnm(1)
pstopnm - convert a PostScript file into a portable anymap
pstopnm [-stdout] [-forceplain] [-help] [-llx s] [-lly s] [-landscape] [-portrait] [-nocrop] [-pbm |-pgm |-ppm] [-urx s] [-ury s] [-ver-
bose] [-xborder n] [-xmax n] [-xsize f] [-yborder f] [-ymax n] [-ysize n] psfile[.ps]
Reads a PostScript file as input. Produces PBM, PGM, or PPM files as output. This program simply uses GhostScript to render a PostScript
file with its PNM device drivers. If you don't have GhostScript installed (invoked by a gs command), or the version you have installed was
not built with the relevant PNM device drivers, pstopnm will fail. You can see if you have the proper environment by issuing the command
gs --help . If it responds and lists under "Available Devices" pbm, pbmraw, pgm, pgmraw, pnm, pnmraw, ppm, or ppmraw, you're in business.
pstopnm does not use the Netpbm libraries to generate the output files, so may not be entirely consistent with most Netpbm programs.
psfile[.ps] is the name of the input file. .pstopnm will add the ps to the end of the name you specify if no file exists by the exact name
you specify, but one with added does. Use - to indicate Standard Input.
If you use the -stdout option, pstopnm outputs images of all the pages as a multi-image file to Standard Output. Otherwise, pstopnm cre-
ates one file for each page in the Postscript document. The files are named as follows: If the input file is named psfile.ps, the name of
the files will be psfile001.ppm, psfile002.ppm, etc. The filetype suffix is .ppm, .pgm, or .pbm, depending on which kind of output you
choose with your invocation options. If the input file name does not end in .ps, the whole file name is used in the output file name. For
example, if the input file is named psfile.old, the output file name is psfile.old001.ppm, etc.
Note that the output file selection is inconsistent with most Netpbm programs, because it does not default to Standard Output. This is for
historical reasons, based on the fact that the Netpbm formats did not always provide for a sequence of images in a single file.
Each output file contains the image of a rectangular part of the page to which it pertains. The selected area will always be centered in
the output file, and may have borders around it. The image area to be extracted from the PostScript file and rendered into a portable
anymap is defined by four numbers, the lower left corner and the upper right corner x and y coordinates. These coordinates are usually
specified by the BoundingBox comment in the PostScript file header, but they can be overridden by the user by specifying one or more of the
following options: -llx, -lly, -urx, and -ury. The presence and thickness of a border to be left around the image area is controlled by
the use of the options -xborder and -yborder. If pstopnm does not find BoundingBox parameters in the input, and you don't specify image
area coordinates on the command line, pstopnm uses default values. If your input is from Standard Input, pstopnm does not use the Bound-
ingBox parameters (due to the technical difficulty of extracting that information and still feeding the file to Ghostscript), so you either
have to specify the image area coordinates or take the default.
Unless you specify both output file width and height, via the -xsize and -ysize options, pstopnm maps the document into the output image by
preserving its aspect ratio.
It has been reported that on some Postscript Version 1 input, Ghostscript, and therefore pstopnm, produces no output. To solve this prob-
lem, you can convert the file to Postscript Version 3 with the program ps2ps. It is reported that the program pstops does not work.
forces the output file to be in plain (text) format. Otherwise, it is in raw (binary) format. See pbm(1), etc.
selects bx as the lower left corner x coordinate (in inches).
selects by as the lower left corner y coordinate (in inches).
renders the image in landscape mode.
renders the image in portrait mode.
does not crop the output image dimensions to match the PostScript image area dimensions.
-pbm -pgm -ppm
selects the format of the output file. By default, all files are rendered as portable pixmaps (ppm format).
causes output to go to Standard Output instead of to regular files, one per page (see description of output files above). Use pnm-
split to extract individual pages from Standard Output.
selects tx as the upper right corner x coordinate (in inches).
selects ty as the upper right corner y coordinate (in inches).
prints processing information to stdout.
specifies that the border width along the Y axis should be frac times the document width as specified by the bounding box comment in
the PostScript file header. The default value is 0.1.
specifies that the maximum output image width should have a size less or equal to xs pixels (default: 612).
specifies that the output image width must be exactly xs pixels.
specifies that the border width along the X axis should be frac times the document width as specified by the bounding box comment in
the PostScript file header. The default value is 0.1.
specifies that the maximum output image height should have a size less or equal to ys pixels (default: 792).
specifies that the output image height must be exactly ys pixels.
The program will produce incorrect results with PostScript files that initialize the current transformation matrix. In these cases, page
translation and rotation will not have any effect. To render these files, probably the best bet is to use the following options:
pstopnm -xborder 0 -yborder 0 -portrait -nocrop file.ps
Additional options may be needed if the document is supposed to be rendered on a medium different from letter-size paper.
gs(1), pstofits(1), pnmtops(1), psidtopgm(1), pbmtolps(1), pbmtoepsi(1), pnmsplit(1)
Copyright (c) 1992 Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
PostScript is a Trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated.
Alberto Accomazzi, WIPL, Center for Astrophysics.
28 June 2000 pstopnm(1)