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JPEGTOPNM(1)			     General Commands Manual			     JPEGTOPNM(1)

       jpegtopnm - convert JPEG/JFIF file to portable pixmap or graymap

       jpegtopnm  [-dct  {int|fast|float}] [-nosmooth] [-maxmemory N] [{-adobe|-notadobe}] [-com-
       ments] [-dumpexif] [-exif=filespec] [-verbose] [-tracelevel N] [ filename ]

       All options may be abbreviated to their shortest unique prefix.

       jpegtopnm converts the named JFIF file, or the standard input if no file is named to a PPM
       or  PGM	image file on the standard output.  If the JFIF file is of the grayscale variety,
       jpegtopnm generates a PGM (Portable Graymap) file.  Otherwise, it generates a PPM  (Porta-
       ble Pixmap) file.

       jpegtopnm uses the Independent JPEG Group's JPEG library to interpret the input file.  See
       http://www.ijg.org for information on the library.

       "JFIF" is the correct name for the image format commonly known as "JPEG."  Strictly speak-
       ing,  JPEG is a method of compression.  The image format using JPEG compression that is by
       far the most common is JFIF.  There is also a subformat of TIFF that  uses  JPEG  compres-

       EXIF  is an image format that is a subformat of JFIF (to wit, a JFIF file that contains an
       EXIF header as an APP1 marker).	jpegtopnm handles EXIF.

       JFIF files can have either 8 bits per sample or 12 bits per sample.  The 8 bit variety  is
       by far the most common.	There are two versions of the IJG JPEG library.  One reads only 8
       bit files and the other reads only 12 bit files.  You must link	the  appropriate  one  of
       these  libraries  with  jpegtopnm.   Ordinarily,  this means the library is in your shared
       library search path when you run jpegtopnm.

       jpegtopnm generates output with either one byte or  two	bytes  per  sample  depending  on
       whether	the  JFIF input has either 8 bits or 12 bits per sample.  You can use pnmdepth to
       reduce a two-byte-per-sample file to a one-byte-per-sample file if you need to.

       If the JFIF file uses the CMYK or YCCK color space, the input does  not	actually  contain
       enough  information  to know what color each pixel is.  To know what color a pixel is, one
       would have to know the properties of the inks to which the color space refers.	jpegtopnm
       interprets  the colors using the common transformation which assumes all the inks are sim-
       ply subtractive and linear.

       The options are only for advanced users:

       -dct int
	      Use integer DCT method (default).

       -dct fast
	      Use fast integer DCT (less accurate).

       -dct float
	      Use floating-point DCT method.  The float method is  very  slightly  more  accurate
	      than the int method, but is much slower unless your machine has very fast floating-
	      point hardware.  Also note that results  of  the	floating-point	method	may  vary
	      slightly	across	machines,  while the integer methods should give the same results
	      everywhere.  The fast integer method is much less accurate than the other two.

	      Use a faster, lower-quality upsampling routine.

       -maxmemory N
	      Set limit on the amount of memory jpegtopnm uses in processing large images.  Value
	      is  in  thousands  of bytes, or millions of bytes if "M" is suffixed to the number.
	      For example, -maxmemory 4m selects 4000000 bytes.  If jpegtopnm needs  more  space,
	      it uses temporary files.


	      There  are  two  variations on the CMYK (and likewise YCCK) color space that may be
	      used in the JFIF input.  In the normal one, a zero value	for  a	color  components
	      indicates  absence of ink.  In the other, a zero value means the maximum ink cover-
	      age.  The latter is used by Adobe Photoshop when it creates a bare JFIF output file
	      (but not when it creates JFIF output as part of Encapsulated Postscript output).

	      These  options  tell  jpegtopnm  which  version of the CMYK or YCCK color space the
	      image uses.  If you specify neither, jpegtopnm tries to figure it out on	its  own.
	      In the present version, it doesn't try very hard at all: It just assumes the Photo-
	      shop version, since Photoshop and its emulators seem to be the main source of  CMYK
	      and YCCK images.	But with experience of use, future versions might be more sophis-

	      If the JFIF image does not indicate that it is CMYK or YCCK, these options have  no

	      If  you  don't use the right one of these options, the symptom is output that looks
	      like a negative.

	      Print the interpreted contents of any Exif header in the input file to the Standard
	      Error file.  Similar to the program jhead (not part of the Netpbm package).

	      Extract  the  contents  of the EXIF header from the input image and write it to the
	      file filespec.  filespec = - means write it to  Standard	Output.   In  this  case,
	      jpegtopnm does not output the converted image at all.

	      jpegtopnm  writes  the contents of the EXIF header byte-for-byte, starting with the
	      two byte length field (which length includes those two bytes).

	      You can use this file as input to ppmtojpeg to insert an identical EXIF header into
	      a new JFIF image.

	      If  there  is no EXIF header, jpegtopnm writes two bytes of binary zero and nothing

	      An EXIF header takes the form of a JFIF APP1 marker.  Only the  first  such  marker
	      within the JFIF header counts.

	      Print any comments in the input file to the Standard Error file.

	      Print details about the conversion to the Standard Error file.

       -tracelevel n
	      Turn  on	the  JPEG  library's trace messages to the Standard Error file.  A higher
	      value of n gets more trace information.  -verbose implies a trace level of at least

       This example converts the color JFIF file foo.jpg to a PPM file named foo.ppm:

	      jpegtopnm foo.jpg >foo.ppm

       You  can  use ppmquant to color quantize the result, i.e. to reduce the number of distinct
       colors in the image.  In fact, you may have to if you want to convert the PPM file to cer-
       tain other formats.  ppmdither Does a more sophisticated quantization.

       Use pnmscale to change the dimensions of the resulting image.

       Use ppmtopgm to convert a color JFIF file to a grayscale PGM file.

       You can easily use these converters together.  E.g.:

	      jpegtopnm foo.jpg | ppmtopgm | pnmscale .25

       -dct fast and/or -nosmooth gain speed at a small sacrifice in quality.

       If  you	are fortunate enough to have very fast floating point hardware, -dct float may be
       even faster than -dct fast.  But on most machines -dct float is slower than -dct  int;  in
       this  case  it is not worth using, because its theoretical accuracy advantage is too small
       to be significant in practice.

       Another program, djpeg, is similar.  djpeg is maintained by the Independent JPEG Group and
       packaged  with  the  JPEG  library which jpegtopnm uses for all its JPEG work.  Because of
       that, you may expect it to exploit more current JPEG features.  Also, since  you  have  to
       have  the  library to run jpegtopnm, but not vice versa, cjpeg may be more commonly avail-

       On the other hand, djpeg does not use the NetPBM libraries to generate its output, as  all
       the NetPBM tools such as jpegtopnm do.  This means it is less likely to be consistent with
       all the other programs that deal with the NetPBM formats.  Also,  the  command  syntax  of
       jpegtopnm is consistent with that of the other Netpbm tools, unlike djpeg.

	      If  this	environment  variable is set, its value is the default memory limit.  The
	      value is specified as described for the -maxmemory option.  An explicit  -maxmemory
	      option overrides any JPEGMEM.

       ppm(5),	 pgm(5),   ppmtojpeg(1),  ppmquant(1),	pnmscale(1),  ppmtopgm(1),  ppmdither(1),
       djpeg(1), cjpeg(1), jpegtran(1), rdjpgcom(1), wrjpgcom(1), jhead(1)
       Wallace, Gregory K.  "The JPEG Still Picture Compression Standard", Communications of  the
       ACM, April 1991 (vol. 34, no. 4), pp. 30-44.

       Arithmetic coding is not supported for legal reasons.

       The program could be much faster.

       jpegtopnm and this man page were derived in large part from djpeg, by the Independent JPEG
       Group.  The program is otherwise by Bryan Henderson on March 19, 2000.

					  19 March 2000 			     JPEGTOPNM(1)

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