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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for pnmtojpeg (redhat section 1)

PNMTOJPEG(1)									     PNMTOJPEG(1)

       pnmtojpeg - convert PNM image to a JFIF ("JPEG") image

       pnmtojpeg [ options ] [ filename ]

       pnmtojpeg converts the named PBM, PGM, or PPM image file, or the standard input if no file
       is named, to a JFIF file on the standard output.

       pnmtojpeg uses the Independent JPEG Group's JPEG library to create the output  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).  pnmtojpeg creates an EXIF image when you specify the
       -exif option.

       The basic options are:

	      This option specifies that the output image is to be EXIF (a  subformat  of  JFIF),
	      i.e.  it	will  have  an	EXIF  header as a JFIF APP1 marker.  The contents of that
	      marker are the contents of the specified file.  The special value - means  to  read
	      the  EXIF  header  contents from standard input.	It is invalid to specify standard
	      input for both the EXIF header and the input image.

	      The EXIF file starts with a two byte field which is the length of the file, includ-
	      ing  the	length	field,	in pure binary, most significant byte first.  The special
	      value of zero for the length field means there is to be no EXIF  header,	i.e.  the
	      same  as	no -exif option.  This is useful for when you convert a file from JFIF to
	      PNM using jpegtopnm, then transform it, then convert it back to  JFIF  with  pnmto-
	      jpeg, and you don't know whether or not it includes an EXIF header.  jpegtopnm cre-
	      ates an EXIF file containing nothing but two bytes of zero when the input JFIF file
	      has  no EXIF header.  Thus, you can transfer any EXIF header from the input JFIF to
	      the output JFIF without worrying about whether an EXIF header actually exists.

	      The contents of the EXIF file after the length field are the exact  byte	for  byte
	      contents	of  the  APP1 marker, not counting the length field, that constitutes the
	      EXIF header.

	      Scale quantization tables to adjust image quality.  n is 0 (worst) to  100  (best);
	      default is 75.  (See below for more info.)


	      Create  gray  scale JFIF file.  With this option, pnmtojpeg converts color input to
	      gray scale.  If you don't specify this option, The output file is in  color  format
	      if the input is PPM, and grayscale format if the input is PBM or PGM.

	      In  the PPM input case, even if all the colors in the image are gray, the output is
	      in color format.	Of course, the colors in it are still gray.   The  difference  is
	      that color format takes up a lot more space and takes longer to create and process.

	      Perform  optimization of entropy encoding parameters.  Without this, pnmtojpeg uses
	      default encoding parameters.  --optimize usually	makes  the  JFIF  file	a  little
	      smaller,	but  pnmtojpeg	runs  somewhat	slower and needs much more memory.  Image
	      quality and speed of decompression are unaffected by --optimize.

	      Create a progressive JPEG file (see below).

	      Include a comment marker in the JFIF output, with comment text text.  Without  this
	      option, there are no comment markers in the output.

       The --quality option lets you trade off compressed file size against quality of the recon-
       structed image: the higher the quality setting, the larger the JFIF file, and  the  closer
       the output image will be to the original input.	Normally you want to use the lowest qual-
       ity setting (smallest file) that decompresses into  something  visually	indistinguishable
       from  the  original  image.  For this purpose the quality setting should be between 50 and
       95; the default of 75 is often about right.  If you see defects at --quality=75,  then  go
       up  5 or 10 counts at a time until you are happy with the output image.	(The optimal set-
       ting will vary from one image to another.)

       --quality=100 generates a quantization table of all 1's, minimizing loss in the	quantiza-
       tion step (but there is still information loss in subsampling, as well as roundoff error).
       This setting is mainly of interest for experimental purposes.  Quality values above  about
       95  are	not recommended for normal use; the compressed file size goes up dramatically for
       hardly any gain in output image quality.

       In the other direction, quality values below 50 will produce very small files of low image
       quality.   Settings  around 5 to 10 might be useful in preparing an index of a large image
       library, for example.  Try --quality=2 (or so) for some amusing	Cubist	effects.   (Note:
       quality	values	below  about 25 generate 2-byte quantization tables, which are considered
       optional in the JFIF standard.  pnmtojpeg emits a warning message when  you  give  such	a
       quality	value,	because  some  other  JFIF programs may be unable to decode the resulting
       file.  Use --baseline if you need to ensure compatibility at low quality values.)

       The --progressive option creates a "progressive JPEG" file.  In this type  of  JFIF  file,
       the  data  is stored in multiple scans of increasing quality.  If the file is being trans-
       mitted over a slow communications link, the decoder can use the first scan  to  display	a
       low-quality  image  very  quickly,  and	can then improve the display with each subsequent
       scan.  The final image is exactly equivalent to a standard JFIF file of the  same  quality
       setting,  and  the  total file size is about the same -- often a little smaller.  Caution:
       progressive JPEG is not yet widely implemented, so many decoders will be unable to view	a
       progressive JPEG file at all.

       Options for advanced users:

	      Use integer DCT method (default).

	      Use fast integer DCT (less accurate).

	      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.

	      Emit  a JPEG restart marker every n MCU rows, or every n MCU blocks if you append B
	      to the number.  --restart 0 (the default) means no restart markers.

	      Smooth the input image to eliminate dithering noise.  n, ranging	from  1  to  100,
	      indicates the strength of smoothing.  0 (the default) means no smoothing.

	      Set  a  limit  for amount of memory to use in processing large images.  Value is in
	      thousands of bytes, or millions of bytes if you append M to the number.  For  exam-
	      ple,  --max=4m selects 4,000,000 bytes.  If pnmtojpeg needs more space, it will use
	      temporary files.

	      Print to the Standard Error file messages about the conversion process.	This  can
	      be helpful in debugging problems.

       The  --restart option tells pnmtojpeg to insert extra markers that allow a JPEG decoder to
       resynchronize after a transmission error.  Without restart markers, any damage to  a  com-
       pressed	file  will  usually  ruin the image from the point of the error to the end of the
       image; with restart markers, the damage is usually confined to the portion of the image up
       to the next restart marker.  Of course, the restart markers occupy extra space.	We recom-
       mend --restart=1 for images that will be transmitted across unreliable  networks  such  as

       The --smooth option filters the input to eliminate fine-scale noise.  This is often useful
       when converting dithered images to JFIF:  a moderate smoothing factor of 10 to 50 gets rid
       of  dithering  patterns	in the input file, resulting in a smaller JFIF file and a better-
       looking image.  Too large a smoothing factor will visibly blur the image, however.

       Options for wizards:

	      Force baseline-compatible quantization tables to be generated.  This clamps quanti-
	      zation  values  to  8  bits  even  at low quality settings.  (This switch is poorly
	      named, since it does not ensure that the output is  actually  baseline  JPEG.   For
	      example, you can use --baseline and --progressive together.)

	      Use the quantization tables given in the specified text file.

	      Select which quantization table to use for each color component.

	      Set JPEG sampling factors for each color component.

	      Use the scan script given in the specified text file.  See below for information on
	      scan scripts.

       The "wizard" options are intended for experimentation with JPEG.  If you don't  know  what
       you  are  doing,  don't	use them.  These switches are documented further in the file wiz-
       ard.doc that comes with the Independent JPEG Group's JPEG library.

       This example compresses the PPM file foo.ppm with a quality factor of  60  and  saves  the
       output as foo.jpg:

	      pnmtojpeg --quality=60 foo.ppm > foo.jpg

	      cat foo.bmp | bmptoppm | pnmtojpeg > foo.jpg

       JFIF  is not ideal for cartoons, line drawings, and other images that have only a few dis-
       tinct colors.  For those, try instead pnmtopng or ppmtobmp.  If you need to  convert  such
       an  image  to  JFIF, though, you should experiment with pnmtojpeg's --quality and --smooth
       options to get a satisfactory conversion.  --smooth 10 or so is often helpful.

       JPEG compression is notable for being a "lossy."  This means that, unlike with most graph-
       ics  conversions,  you  lose  information,  which means image quality, when you convert to
       JFIF.  If you convert from PPM to JFIF and back repeatedly, image quality loss will  accu-
       mulate.	 After	ten  or so cycles the image may be noticeably worse than it was after one

       Because of this, you should do all the manipulation you have to do on the  image  in  some
       other  format  and  convert  to	JFIF as the last step.	And if you can keep a copy in the
       original format, so much the better.  PNG is a good choice for a format that is	lossless,
       yet  fairly  compact.   GIF  is	another way to go, but chances are you can't create a GIF
       image without owing a lot of money to Unisys and IBM, holders of patents on the	LZW  com-
       pression used in the GIF format.

       The  --optimize	option	to pnmtojpeg is worth using when you are making a "final" version
       for posting or archiving.  It's also a win when you are using low quality settings to make
       very small JFIF files; the percentage improvement is often a lot more than it is on larger
       files.  (At present, --optimize mode is automatically in effect when you generate  a  pro-
       gressive JPEG file).

       Another program, cjpeg, is similar.  cjpeg is maintained by the Independent JPEG Group and
       packaged with the JPEG library which pnmtojpeg 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 pnmtojpeg, but not vice versa, cjpeg may be more  commonly  avail-

       On  the	other  hand, cjpeg does not use the NetPBM libraries to process its input, as all
       the NetPBM tools such as pnmtojpeg 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
       pnmtojpeg is consistent with that of the other Netpbm tools, unlike cjpeg.

       Use the -scan option to specify a scan script.  Or use the -progressive option to  specify
       a particular built-in scan script.

       Just  what  a  scan script is, and the basic format of the scan script file, is covered in
       the wizard.doc file that comes with the	Independent  JPEG  Group's  JPEG  library.   Scan
       scripts are same for pnmtojpeg as the are for cjpeg.

       This  section  contains additional information that isn't, but probably should be, in that

       First, there are many restrictions on what is a valid scan script.  The JPEG library,  and
       thus  pnmtojpeg, checks thoroughly for any lack of compliance with these restrictions, but
       does little to tell you how the script fails to comply.	The messages are very general and
       sometimes untrue.

       To  start with, the entries for the DC coefficient must come before any entries for the AC
       coefficients.  The DC coefficient is Coefficient 0; all	the  other  coefficients  are  AC
       coefficients.  So in an entry for the DC coefficient, the two numbers after the colon must
       be 0 and 0.  In an entry for AC coefficients, the first number after the colon must not be

       In  a DC entry, the color components must be in increasing order.  E.g. "0,2,1" before the
       colon is wrong.	So is "0,0,0".

       In an entry for an AC coeffient, you must specify only one color  component.   I.e.  there
       can be only one number before the colon.

       In the first entry for a particular coefficient for a particular color component, the "Ah"
       value must be zero, but the Al value can be any valid bit number.  In subsequent  entries,
       Ah  must be the Al value from the previous entry (for that coefficient for that color com-
       ponent), and the Al value must be one less than the Ah value.

       The script must ultimately specify at least some of the DC coefficent for every color com-
       ponent.	 Otherwise,  you  get  the error message "Script does not transmit all the data."
       You need not specify all of the bits of the DC coefficient, or any of the AC coefficients.

       There is a standard option in building the JPEG library to omit	scan  script  capability.
       If for some reason your library was built with this option, you get the message "Requested
       feature was omitted at compile time."

	      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 --maxmem-
	      ory option overrides any JPEGMEM.

       cjpeg(1), djpeg(1), jpegtran(1), rdjpgcom(1), wrjpgcom(1)
       ppm(5), pgm(5), jpegtopnm(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.

       pnmtojpeg and this man page were derived in large part from cjpeg, by the Independent JPEG
       Group.  The program is otherwise by Bryan Henderson on March 07, 2000.

					  07 March 2000 			     PNMTOJPEG(1)

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