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v04INF1: PostScript Sources monthly FAQ v1.13 04-30-95 [2 of 3]


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                  Introduction to comp.sources.postscript 

                  (the comp.sources.postscript FAQ v1.13) 

                              Allen Braunsdorf 

                        postscript-faq@cc.purdue.edu 






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        sent to me at postscript-request@cc.purdue.edu 

        Related FAQs: comp.lang.postscript, comp.sources.misc, 
        comp.text, comp.text.tex, comp.fonts, comp.graphics. 

        The comp.sources.postscript archives are available by ftp 
        to ftp.sterling.com in /usenet/comp.sources.postscript/ or 
        ftp.ips.cs.tu-bs.de in /usenet/comp.sources.postscript. 
        There is an index in the last section of this FAQ. 

        This FAQ and the indexes are available by anonymous ftp to 
        wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/comp.sources.postscript. You can get 
        the comp.lang.postscript FAQ by anonymous ftp to 
        wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/comp.lang.postscript. Both come in 
        ASCII, LaTeX, DVI, and PostScript formats. 


        5 PostScript Interpreters and Utilities 

        This section lists all the large PostScript programs that I 
        know of, both commercial and for free. These programs have 
        largely not been posted to comp.sources.postscript, but 
        there are references about where to get all programs. You 
        should look at the comp.sources.postscript index to see all 
        the PostScript programs posted there. 

        I would like very much to be able to recommend some of 
        these programs over others. Unfortunately, I have very 
        little information about most of them. Please send 
        information or additions! Programs without significant 
        information will be dropped shortly. 

        Included in this index are a number of ASCII to PostScript 
        conversion programs. These are quick and dirty programs, 
        and it is unclear why having so many of them is 
        interesting, so many will probably be deleted (send mail 
        about the ones you like most). If you really want to 
        convert ASCII to PostScript in a high quality way, what you 
        want is a real text formatter. (See the FAQ for comp.text 
        and comp.text.tex) 

        If you have a program, please let me know. Section 10 of 
        the comp.lang.postscript FAQ, ``About the FAQ'' has some 
        hints on what I'm hoping to get when I get a program 
        description. 

        I am grateful to Howard Gayle (howard@hal.com) for a large 
        portion of the below information. 

        Now that there is Linux, IBM PC (and clone) users can run 
        any of the X-windows and UNIX programs in the utilities 
        section. 


        5.1 How can I find a program? 

        To find a program, try using an ``archie'' server. Archie 
        will figure out which FTP sites have the program that you 
        are looking for. Please try archie before asking people for 
        the program. 

        I would be happy to answer questions about where to get 
        programs. Just send me email. If you find a good ftp site 
        for these programs, please let me know. 

        To use archie, just type ``archie'' or ``xarchie''. If you 
        don't have that program, then you can telnet to one of the 
        following addresses and type ``archie'' as the username. To 
        get help type ``help''. 

      
            archie.rutgers.edu     (Rutgers University)
            archie.unl.edu         (University of Nebraska in Lincoln)
            archie.sura.net        (SURAnet archie server)
            archie.ans.net         (ANS archie server)
            archie.au              (Australian server)
            archie.funet.fi        (European server in Finland)
            archie.doc.ic.ac.uk    (UK/England server)
            archie.cs.huji.ac.il   (Israel server)
            archie.wide.ad.jp      (Japanese server)
      
        If you don't have telnet, send email to archie at any of 
        the above sites with the subject ``help''. 


        5.2 How can I browse through PostScript programs? 

        To find ftp sites that carry PostScript programs, try 
        ``archie postscript''. Then use ftp to look through them. 


        5.3 Keywords 



        What: 



          Bounding-Box 
             Determines the bounding box of a PostScript program 
             (so it can be converted to EPSF for example). 


          Converts 
             The program converts back and forth between formats 
             such as: ASCII, PostScript, TeX, Images, PCL 


          Converts-Images 
             A program that converts to too many image formats to 
             name! 


          Device-Utility 
             A utility for a PostScript device. 


          Document-Previewer 
             The previewer has options for viewing text documents. 
             NOTE: most previewers make passable document previewer 
             even without these extra options. 


          Example 
             The source code for this program is a programming 
             example for programmers. 


          Font-Utility 
             The program does something useful with font 
             descriptions. 


          Interpreter 
             The program can understand the PostScript language. 


          Level-2 
             The program can interpret a reasonable amount of 
             PostScript level 2. 


          Non-PostScript-Printer-Driver 
             The program allows PostScript drawings to be printed 
             on at least one non-PostScript printer. 


          Page-Reordering 
             The program allows you to either choose a page or a 
             few pages to print from a big document, or lets you 
             print in reverse order, or lets you ``N-Up'', which 
             means to put more than one page on a physical page. 
             These programs work only if the PostScript input 
             follows the Adobe Document Structuring Conventions. 
             (See Section 9 of the comp.lang.postscript FAQ, 
             ``Encapsulated PostScript''). 


          Previewer 
             The interpreter displays PostScript on the screen. 


          Programmer-Utility 
             The program helps write PostScript programs. 


          Text-Formatter 
             The program formats text in some interesting way, or 
             lets you include PostScript in a text formatter. 


          Written-in-PostScript 
             The program is written entirely in PostScript and thus 
             can run on any computer with an interpreter, or on any 
             PostScript printer. 


        Status 



          Shareware 
             means that the program is free but the author would 
             like money. 


          Free 
             means that the program is freely available. This 
             usually means that source code is included and that it 
             is freely distributable. 


          Commercial 
             means that some company sells the program. 


          Platforms: 
             What computers does it run on? For the IBM PC, look 
             for ``MS-DOS''. For most workstations, look for 
             ``UNIX''. 


          Get-From 
             tells where to get the program, through ftp or some 
             other source. 


        5.4 Interpreters 

        The following are all programs that understand the 
        PostScript graphics programming language. PostScript is an 
        interpreted language, which means that there is no compiler 
        for it. An interpreter is like a compiler that, instead of 
        producing a sequence of actions in machine language for the 
        computer to handle at some future time, performs the 
        actions itself immediately. 

        Most interpreters are also previewers, which allow you to 
        view the PostScript drawing as it is created by the 
        PostScript program. Unfortunately, viewing the document 
        on-line is not guaranteed to be a perfect simulation of 
        printing the document. Complex programs that use random 
        numbers or check the device type will almost certainly run 
        differently. 

        Some interpreters are meant for looking at text documents 
        without printing them. They usually have a number of 
        functions for flipping back and forth between pages. These 
        interpreters are called document previewers. 



        dxpsview 
          from DEC provides user selectable options to control its 
          execution. It will accept DSC comments and honor them, 
          but it allows the user to turn them off if that's the 
          best thing to do. 

          It images valid PostScript, it honors color (if the DEC 
          workstation is a color workstation), it images one page 
          and stops with the showpage so the user can see the 
          image. It allows you to page back and forth in the 
          document EVEN IF IT'S NOT DSC! (Sure, slow at times if 
          it's not DSC, but it still does the job!) It provides 
          scaling and rotation under user control. 


                  What: Previewer. Status: commercial. Platforms: 
                  DEC workstation. Get-From: Digital Equipment 
                  Corporation. 


        Freedom of Press 
          ??? 

          For most users who only want to print to common printers 
          like DeskWriters, StyleWriters, or Personal LaserWriter 
          LS's, the light version of Freedom of the Press will 
          suffice. ( $ 55). 


                  What: Interpreter, Non-PostScript-Printer-Driver. 
                  Status: commercial ( $ 55). Platforms: ???. 
                  Get-From: ???. 


        Gammascript 
          ??? 


                  What: Interpreter. Status: ???. Platforms: 
                  MS-DOS. Get-From: ???. 


        Ghostscript 
          is perhaps the most popular previewer. It is a PostScript 
          interpreter written by L. Peter Deutsch, and is 
          distributed under the terms of the GNU Library General 
          Public License. Unlike commercial interpreters, 
          ghostscript isn't tied to a particular piece of hardware. 
          Ghostscript will compile on most common platforms, and 
          has drivers for many common peripherals, including X11R [ 
          345 ] , MS-DOS-VGA, Deskjet 500, Epson dot matrix 
          printers, and HP laserjets. 

          Ghostscript deals well with ``normal'' documents, such as 
          output from Tomas Rokicki's dvips. If you're into testing 
          the outer limits of PostScript, however, your mileage 
          with Ghostscript may vary. The output character quality 
          is (obviously) dependent upon the fonts which ghostscript 
          uses. Most of ghostscript's fonts are outlines generated 
          from the bitmap fonts that were donated by Adobe to the X 
          consortium. These are certainly good enough for screen 
          previewing, and rough drafts, but show their limitations 
          when used on laser printers. Fortunately, Ghostscript can 
          use type 1 fonts, so if you happen to have some around, 
          you'll find that the output quality is very close to that 
          of a PostScript interpreter. Ghostscript comes with a few 
          type 1 fonts that were donated to the X consortium from 
          Adobe, IBM, and Bitstream. Note that if you're using TeX 
          or LaTeX with the cmr fonts, this last statement implies 
          that ghostscript will probably suit your needs, since 
          your dvi-to-ps converter will include the cmr fonts in 
          its output PostScript file. It also handles the special 
          hints in Adobe Type 1 fonts (see Section 4 of the 
          comp.lang.postscript FAQ, ``Fonts''). 

          If you're using IBM OS/2 2.0, you can make a Ghostscript 
          icon and drag PostScript files onto it and they'll be 
          printed automatically. 

          Ghostscript 2.2 has been ported to the Atari ST platform 
          by Timothy Gallivan. It's available by ftp to 
          atari.archive.umich.edu. 

          Ghostscript has been ported to Amiga. It's available at 
          any Aminet FTP site, for example wuarchive.wustl.edu 
          pub/aminet/text/print/. The files are 
          'ghostscript2.6.1.lha' and 'gs2.3-fonts.lha'. 

          For more information about Ghostscript, read the 
          gnu.ghostscript.bug newsgroup, or contact the author, 
          Peter Deutsch, at ghost@aladdin.com. 


                  What: Interpreter, Previewer, Programmer-Utility, 
                  User-Utility, Non-PostScript-Printer-Driver, 
                  Level-2, Converts-PostScript-to-GIF, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-PBM. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: MS-DOS, UNIX, VMS, Xwindows, 
                  Macintosh, Acorn Archimedes, Amiga, Atari-ST. 
                  Get-From: Japan: ftp.cs.titech.ac.jp, 
                  utsun.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp:ftpsync/prep Australia: 
                  archie.oz.au:gnu Europe: src.doc.ic.ac.uk:gnu, 
                  ftp.informatik.tu-muenchen.de, 
                  ftp.informatik.rwth-aachen.de:pub/gnu, 
                  nic.funet.fi:pub/gnu, ugle.unit.no, isy.liu.se, 
                  ftp.stacken.kth.se, sunic.sunet.se, 
                  ftp.win.tue.nl, ftp.diku.dk, ftp.eunet.ch, 
                  archive.eu.net United States: 
                  ftp.cs.wisc.edu:pub/X, prep.ai.mit.edu:pub/gnu, 
                  wuarchive.wustl.edu, ftp.cs.widener.edu, 
                  uxc.cso.uiuc.edu, col.hp.com, 
                  gatekeeper.dec.com:pub/GNU, 
                  ftp.uu.net:systems/gnu. Macintosh: 
                  ftp.cs.wisc.edu:pub/ghost/ghostscript-2.5.2runtime*mac.hqx 
                  Archimedes: contact David Elworthy 
                  (David.Elworthy@cl.cam.ac.uk). Amiga: available 
                  at any Aminet FTP site, for example 
                  wuarchive.wustl.edu pub/aminet/text/print/. The 
                  files are 'ghostscript2.6.1.lha' and 
                  'gs2.3-fonts.lha'. 

          See Ghostview and GSPreview. 


        Ghostview 
          is an X11 user interface for ghostscript. It was written 
          by Tim Theisen, and is distributed under the terms of the 
          GNU General Public License. Ghostview runs on UNIX and 
          VMS platforms. To compile ghostview, you should have the 
          X11R5 distribution from MIT. Many vendors do not provide 
          the Athena widgets. 

          Ghostview provides a menu driven interface with ample 
          keyboard accelerators. It also provides popup zoom 
          windows and the ability to save or print selected pages. 

          For more information about ghostview, contact the author, 
          Tim Theisen, at ghostview@cs.wisc.edu. 


                  What: Bounding-Box, Document-Previewer, Level-2, 
                  Page-Reordering. Status: free. Platforms: X11 on 
                  Unix or VMS systems. Get-From: Source: 
                  ftp.cs.wisc.edu:/pub/X/ghostview-1.4.1.tar.Z or 
                  ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/pub/gnu/ or 
                  other GNU distribution points (see ghostscript's 
                  listing) Binaries: 
                  ftp.cs.wisc.edu:/pub/X/ghostview-exe directory. 


        GoScript 3.0 
          ??? 


                  What: Interpreter. Status: ???. Platforms: 
                  MS-DOS. Get-From: ???. 


        GSPreview 
          A document previewer based on GhostScript, by Richard 
          Hesketh. 


                  What: Document-Previewer, Level-2. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: X Windows. Get-From: prep.ai.mit.edu. 


        Hijack-PS 
          is part of the Hijaak packge for DOS, or for Windows. 


                  What: Interpreter, Converts-???. Status: 
                  commercial. Platforms: IBM PC. Get-From: 
                  MicroWarehouse sells it for $ 129. 


        Island Draw 
          is a picture editor that can save in and read in 
          PostScript. It contains a full PostScript interpreter. 


                  What: Interpreter. Status: ???. Platforms: ???. 
                  Get-From: ???. 


        JAWS 
          ??? 


                  What: Interpreter. Status: Commercial. Platforms: 
                  Sun. Get-From: ???. 

          Where to get it: uad1077@dircon.co.uk 


        Magus Pageturner 
          is a front-end for Ghostscript that (like Ghostview) 
          allows you to browse documents easily. 


                  What: Interpreter Status: Commercial Platforms: 
                  IBM PC, OS/2 2.1 Get-From: Indelible Blue, Inc. 
                  (800-776-8284; 919-878-9700). 


        NeXTStep, 
          release 3.2 supports full level 2 PostScript. 


                  What: Interpreter/OS/OO-Framework. Status: 
                  commercial. Platforms: NeXT, Intel-486. Get-From: 
                  NeXT (800-848-NEXT), PC-Connection, 
                  Next-Connection (800-800-NEXT) 


        Opium 
          converts PostScript to several raster image formats. It 
          has several language extensions relating to image 
          processing (alpha channel, ``forall'' for images etc.) 
          and usability of PostScript as a general purpose script 
          language (``system'', secure and non-secure modes, etc.) 
          Converts to TIFF 5.0 (including RLE, LZW, fax3, fax4, and 
          JPEG compressions), PBM, PGM, PPM, Sixel (VT240, LN03), 
          Group 3 fax, ASCII, and HPGL (experimental). 


                  What: Interpreter, Converts-PostScript-to-ASCII, 
                  Converts PostScript-to-TIFF, Converts-Images, 
                  Level-2, Converts-PostScript-to-HPGL. Status: 
                  commercial. Platforms: UNIX, Sun, DECstation, 
                  AIX, NeXT, Alpha and VMS. Get-From: Stream 
                  Technologies Inc., Valkjarventie 2, SF-02130 
                  Espoo, FINLAND, Tel: +358 0 43577340, Fax: +358 0 
                  43577348, Email: info@sti.fi. 


        pageview 
          can preview PostScript on the Sun screen. The document 
          must follow the DSC conventions described in section 9 of 
          the comp.lang.postscript FAQ (EPSF). 


                  What: Previewer. Status: commercial. Platforms: 
                  OpenWindows. Get-From: Sun. 


        PixelScript 
          ??? 


                  What: Interpreter, Previewer. Status: commercial. 
                  Platforms: Amiga. Get-From: ???. 


        PowerPage 
          from Pipeline Associates handles the special hints in 
          Adobe Type 1 fonts (see Section 4 of the 
          comp.lang.postscript FAQ, ``Fonts''). 


                  What: Interpreter. Status: commercial. Platforms: 
                  ???. Get-From: Pipeline Associates. 


        Post 
          turns PostScript files into screen images, image files, 
          and prints on non-PostScript printers. Scaling & pixel 
          density are adjustable by the user. It is excellent, 
          works in color, supports types 1 and 3 fonts. By Adrian 
          Aylward, 20 Maidstone Rd Swindon, WILTS. UK. 

          This is not the same as Post for MS-DOS. 


                  What: Interpreter, Previewer, Converts-Images. 
                  Status: free. Platforms: Amiga. Get-From: 
                  Compuserve, or from any Amiga PD source, in the 
                  well-known Fred Fish collection. Current version 
                  is 1.7, on Fish Disk 669. Or 
                  grind.isca.uiowa.edu, gatekeeper.dec.com [ 
                  /pub/micro/amiga/fish ] , monu6.cc.monash.edu.au, 
                  ux1.cso.uiuc.edu [ amiga/fish/f6/ff669 ] . 


        PS-Magic 
          ??? 

          Registration is $ 40 and includes the usual 40 font 
          family. Otherwise it only includes the Times font family. 


                  What: Interpreter. Status: shareware ( $ 40). 
                  Platforms: ???. Get-From: Advantage Computer, Box 
                  524, Fremont CA 94537, U.S.A. Or, in Toronto, it 
                  can be downloaded from CRS: Canada Remote Systems 
                  (Mississauga). 


        PSView 
          ??? 


                  What: Interpreter. Status: ???. Platforms: 
                  Macintosh. Get-From: ???. 


        TScript 
          ??? 

          For most users who only want to print to common printers 
          like DeskWriters, StyleWriters, or Personal LaserWriter 
          LS's, the Basic version of TScript will suffice ( $ 55). 

          A more complex version is available that works with more 
          esoteric printers, particularly color printers and 
          very-high-end imagesetters. 


                  What: Interpreter. Status: commercial ( $ 55). 
                  Platforms: Macintosh. Get-From: ???. 


        UltraScript PC 
          is a PostScript previewer for level 1 PostScript only. 

          UltraScript PC can print from within an application. This 
          feature requires about 1 Mbyte of memory above the 
          minimum requirement. It can process hinted type-1 (Adobe) 
          fonts. The products include QMS fonts with metrics that 
          match those of Adobe's fonts. 

          The main PostScript interpreter in UltraScript PC runs as 
          a TSR, mostly living in extended memory (occupies about 
          24K below the 640K line). There is a different TSR called 
          PCAPTURE that intercepts LPTn output and routes it to 
          UltraScript, which interprets it and prints to the real 
          printer. There's also a front-end program which selects 
          printing from an already-existing file or lets you run in 
          interactive mode (similar to ``executive'' on a 
          PostScript printer). 

          UltraScript PC is $ 195. It runs in PC/AT compatibles and 
          needs about 1M of extended memory. The basic version 
          includes 25 fonts. UltraScript PC Plus is $ 445 includes 
          47 fonts. The previewer requires Microsoft Windows 3. 

          UltraScript for the Macintosh requires at least a 2 Mbyte 
          system to run. The basic version is $ 195 and includes 15 
          fonts. UltraScript Plus is $ 495, includes 43 fonts, and 
          has an AppleTalk print spooler. It appears on the Chooser 
          as a printer. 


                  What: Previewer, Non-PostScript-Printer-Driver, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-PCL, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-PCX, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-TIFF. Status: commercial. 
                  Platforms: MS-DOS, Macintosh. Get-From: PM Ware 
                  in Escondido, California, 1-800-845-4843 or 
                  1-619-738-6633. CompuClassics, phone 
                  1-800-733-3888. 


        5.5 Utilities 

        The following are utilities intended to make using 
        PostScript or programming in PostScript easier. Many 
        interpreters are also very useful utilities. A program that 
        makes something nice-looking but does not help you use or 
        program in PostScript would be in one of the next section, 
        PostScript Programs. This section has not yet been 
        created, but I am accepting information for it! 



        a2ps 
          v4.2 places two pages on each physical page, borders 
          surrounding pages, headers, line numbering, multiple 
          copies, landscape and portrait mode, wide format, lines 
          numbering, fold/cut long lines, control font size. It can 
          handle 8 bit characters, twin pages in portrait mode, and 
          two-side printing. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX, MS-DOS. Get-From: ftp from 
                  imag.fr, in archive/postscript. 


        asc2ps 
          is part of Psroff3.0, and is integrated with psxlate. It 
          is of particular interest because it understands nroff's 
          backspace bold and italic conventions and doesn't 
          introduce lots of extra bells and whistles. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: ???. Get-From: See Psroff3.0. 


        asciiprint.ps 
          ??? 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript, Example. 
                  Status: free. Platforms: PostScript. Get-From: 
                  zben@umd5.umd.edu (Ben Cranston). 


        ato2pps 
          prints ASCII printable text boxed, 2-up, in landscape 
          mode. Prints boxed header with date & time, file name, 
          and page number. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX, possibly available on Macintosh 
                  (C program). Get-From: Mark Edwards 
                  (edwards@vms.macc.wisc.edu). 


        Bar-a-Coda 
          is an application for creating PostScript (EPS and EPSI) 
          and TIFF bar codes. Bar-a-Coda allows you to easily 
          create an individual bar code, a sheet, or many sheets. 


        BarCodeKit 
          is an object library (in Objective-C) for creating 
          PostScript (EPS and EPSI) and TIFF bar codes. 

          The two products offer every major bar code symbology. 
          They can also create two-dimensional/multiple row bar 
          codes. 

          Bar codes can be scaled and rotated, colorized, dragged 
          and dropped into documents and accessed from any 
          application via the NEXTSTEP Services menu. 


                  What: User-Utility. Status: Commercial. 
                  Platforms: NEXTSTEP. Get-From: Hot Technologies, 
                  email to info@hot.com or phone 617-252-0088. 


        bbfig 
          will let you calculate the bounding box of a PostScript 
          picture. It prints the figure and then calculates the 
          bounding box around the figure and print the box and its 
          coordinates. This usually works. However, for the times 
          that it fails you have to measure it by hand. 


                  What: Bounding-Box. Status: free. Platforms: ???. 
                  Get-From: 
                  world.std.com:/src/text/tex/dvips/contrib, 
                  ftp://emx.cc.utexas.edu/pub/mnt/source/tex/, 
                  isfs.kuis.kyoto-u.ac.jp:/TeX/styles/kth.se. 


        behandler.ps 
          is a PostScript error handler. If you prepend it to a 
          broken PostScript file it will give a lot of information 
          when the program crashes. 


                  What: Programmer-Utility. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: PostScript. Get-From: 
                  wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/postscript/behandler.ps 
                  and behandler.doc. 


        cz 
          is table-driven, handles almost any character set, uses 
          any font on printer, control font sizes, paper size, page 
          layout, number of columns, line numbers, portrait or 
          landscape mode, page reversal, leading (line spacing), 
          tab expansion. Emacs interface. By Howard Gayle. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: comp.sources.misc 
                  volume 8 issues 65-75, 77-78 ( 1 Oct 1989) issue 
                  97 (28 Oct 1989) (Other prerequisites: see README 
                  file at beginning of issue 65.). 


        crossword.ps 
          converts a specially formatted ASCII file to a crossword 
          puzzle. By Carl Lydick. Just prepend to an ASCII file and 
          send it to the printer. 


                  What: Written-in-PostScript, 
                  Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: PostScript. Get-From: send a mail 
                  message whose body consists of the line ``SEND 
                  ASCII_TO_POSTSCRIPT'' to 
                  FILESERV@SOL1.GPS.CALTECH.EDU (or, if you're on 
                  ESnet/NSInet, to SOL1::FILESERV). 


        double.ps 
          prints two pages of ASCII side by side in landscape mode. 
          By Carl Lydick. 


                  What: Written-in-PostScript, 
                  Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: PostScript. Get-From: send a mail 
                  message whose body consists of the line ``SEND 
                  ASCII_TO_POSTSCRIPT'' to 
                  FILESERV@SOL1.GPS.CALTECH.EDU (or, if you're on 
                  ESnet/NSInet, to SOL1::FILESERV). 


        dvips 
          , by Tomas Rokicki of Radical Eye Software, is the most 
          popular DVI to PostScript conversion program. It converts 
          TeX and LaTeX DVI files into PostScript. It also allow 
          you to use PostScript fonts and PostScript graphics 
          inside TeX and LaTeX documents. The distribution includes 
          the epsffile and psfig macro packages for including 
          PostScript graphics. 


                  What: Converts-DVI-to-PostScript, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-TeX, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-LaTeX. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: 
                  labrea.stanford.edu:/pub/dvips*.tar.Z. 


        Documenter's Workbench (DWB) 
          is the successor to the original Bell Labs version of 
          troff. The current package, DWB 3.4, includes 86 
          commands: troff, tbl, eqn, grap, pic, picasso, a pipeline 
          builder, PostScript drivers and utilities for bounding 
          box computation and device interrogation; optional (at no 
          cost) LaserJet and Imagen printer support; man, mm and 
          other macro packages, font tables, etc. A companion 
          add-on, DWBX 3.4, provides an X Window previewer, drawing 
          program, spell corrector and hypertext man page viewer. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript Status: 
                  Commercial. Platforms: UNIX Get-From: AT & T 
                  Software Solutions, 1-800-462-8146 (US), 
                  +1-908-580-5719 from elsewhere; fax 
                  1-908-580-6355. Technical inquiries: 
                  dwb@mhpo.att.com. 


        enscript 
          formats text in 1 or 2 columns, portrait or landscape, 
          manual paper feed, headers, line printer simulation, line 
          wrap or truncation, control lines on page, fonts. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: 
                  commercial -- a part of Transcript. Platforms: 
                  UNIX. Get-From: Adobe Systems. 


        epsffile 
          TeX macros to include PostScript figures in TeX or LaTeX 
          documents. 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-TeX, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-LaTeX. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: See the dvips entry. 


        epsffit 
          fits an EPSF file to a given bounding box. 


                  What: Bounding-Box. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  UNIX. Get-From: See the psutils entry. 


        epsfinfo.ps 
          converts PostScript output to encapsulated PostScript. 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-EPS. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: PostScript. Get-From: The Adobe 
                  fileserver: ftp.adobe.com. 


        epsonps 
          Epson LX-800 to PostScript translator, supports 
          international character sets, IBM graphics characters, 
          different width fonts, bit-mapped graphics. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: MS-DOS. Get-From: comp.sources.misc. 


        eps2epsi 
          does a conversion if you have GhostScript and Perl. 


                  What: Converts-EPS-to-EPSI. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: Perl. Get-From: 
                  wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/postscript/eps2epsi.shar. 


        ETSR 
          in an Epson MX-80 to PostScript translator, includes 
          Epson Mx-80 graphics modes, supports virtual printers, 
          PrintScreen key 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: 
                  commercial. Platforms: MS-DOS. Get-From: $ 75 
                  from Niche Marketing, 7198 Camino Colegio, 
                  Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA. Phone +1 
                  707-795-7306. Overseas shipping is $ 5 extra. CA 
                  residents please include 6.25 % sales tax. 


        fixbb 
          Gets the bounding box of a PostScript file made with 
          Framemaker, because Frame gets it wrong sometimes. Uses 
          an idea of Doug Crabhill's. 


                  What: Bounding-Box. Status: free. Platforms: You 
                  need Poskanzer's pbm toolkit, Ghostscript, and 
                  GNU awk (or awk and sed). Get-From: email to 
                  jgm@cs.brown.edu. 


        fontutils 
          ??? 

          The GNU font-making utilities. They can convert a 
          PostScript font to TeX's TK format. 


                  What: Convert-PostScript-to-TK. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: 
                  prep.ai.mit.edu:pub/gnu. 


        getafm 
          outputs PostScript to retrieve an AFM file from printer. 


                  What: Device-Utility. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  UNIX. Get-From: See the psutils entry. 


        Groff 
          is a Free Software Foundation package that can convert 
          troff to PostScript. 


                  What: Converts-Troff-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX, C++. Get-From: prep.ai.mit.edu. 


        gs_2asc.ps 
          prints all the characters of a PostScript program as well 
          as the (X,Y) positions. You can use the (X,Y) positions 
          to retain the format of your document, as well as just 
          the strings. 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-ASCII. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: GhostScript. Get-From: included in 
                  GhostScript. 


        hp2pbm 
          can convert all of PCL4 (up to and including rasters, 
          downloaded fonts and macros). It's somewhat slow because 
          it converts PCL into Poskanzer's Portable Bitmap format 
          rasters (PBM) before generating PostScript, but it's 
          theoretically pixel-for-pixel identical with the original 
          PCL. Plus it's capable of driving many other types of 
          graphics devices or printers. 


                  What: Converts-PCL-to-PBM, 
                  Converts-PCL-to-PostScript, Interpreter, 
                  Non-PostScript-Printer-Driver. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: comp.sources.misc, 
                  soon to be a part of Psroff3.0. 


        hp2ps 
          is an HPGL interpreter written in Postscript, with a 
          small C wrapper program, to allow programs written for 
          most pen plotters to work on Postscript output devices. 
          Written by Alun Jones (alun@wst.com). 


                  What: Converts-HPGL-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: PostScript, C. Get-From: 
                  ftp://huey.wst.com/pub/. 


        hp2xx 
          can convert HPGL into encapsulated PostScript. 


                  What: Converts-HPGL-to-PostScript, 
                  Converts-HPGL-to-EPS Status: free. Platforms: ??? 
                  Get-From: 
                  aeneas.mit.edu:pub/gnu/hp2xx-3.1.0.tar.z 


        hpscat 
          features Hangul (Korean). 

          Unfortunately, font is not a part of 'hpscat'. It's a 
          property of ELEX Inc., a Korean Mac dealer. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: ???. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: kum.kaist.ac.kr or 
                  cair.kaist.ac.kr. 


        i2ps 
          handles ISO 8859/1 and Norwegian ISO 646. Written in 
          Perl. Line numbers, wrap or truncate long lines, 
          landscape, 2 or 3 column, control body font size. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX (any Perl platform). Get-From: 
                  Get-from alt.sources article 
                  (AAS.90Oct30172546@boeygen.nr.no) posted 30 
                  October 1990. 


        ImageMagick 
          is an X11 package for display and interactive 
          manipulation of images. Includes tools for image 
          conversion, annotation, compositing, animation, and 
          creating montages. ImageMagick can read and write many of 
          the more popular image formats including Postscript. By 
          John Cristy (cristy@dupont.com), E. I. du Pont de Nemours 
          & Co. 

          ImageMagick uses GhostScript. 


                  What: Converts-Images, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-TIFF, Document-Previewer, 
                  Converts-TIFF-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: X11. Get-From: 
                  export.lcs.mit.edu:contrib/ImageMagick.tar.Z. 


        imtools 
          Converts just about everything in the image bitmap 
          universe. 


                  What: Converts-Images. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  UNIX. Get-From: San Diego Supercomputer Center 
                  distributes binaries only. 


        Impressario 
          Converts text, SGI image, and PostScript (and a number of 
          other formats) to print on HP Series II and III (PCL4 and 
          above) printers. It includes format conversions, and even 
          does line-by-line adaptive compression to ensure the 
          fastest transmission times. 

          It's for use on any SGI box running IRIX 4.0.1 or later. 

          What: Converts-PostScript-to-PCL. Status: Commercial, $ 
          800. Platforms: SGI's IRIX. Get-From: Silicon Graphics. 


        LameTeX 
          can convert simple LaTeX to PostScript or to ASCII. 

          It specializes in complete versatility of the printed 
          page. The standard model for text formatters is that 
          every page is necessarily rectangular. LameTeX will let 
          you format text inside a triangular page, or a circle 
          page. Just like professional magazine editors, you can 
          include pictures of any shape and ask the text to flow 
          around them or inside them. 

          These flexible arbitrarily-shaped margins are PostScript 
          paths. If you don't know PostScript, it contains a big 
          library of interesting LameTeX page margins. With LameTeX 
          you can fit several ``pages'' onto one 8.5x11 inch piece 
          of paper, so you can easily make index cards, labels, and 
          half-pages of text. 

          Also, if you know how to write programs in PostScript, 
          LameTeX allows you to very tightly integrate your LameTeX 
          commands with your PostScript code. In fact, the 
          PostScript that LameTeX outputs is nicely formatted and 
          commented so that you can modify it yourself and see how 
          it's done. LameTeX is written with PostScript version 1, 
          so it should run on all PostScript printers. 

          LameTeX is in use for Usenet FAQs for 
          comp.lang.postscript, comp.sources.postscript, 
          comp.text.tex, rec.boats, comp.fonts, alt.quotations, 
          etc. 

          Finally, everything about LameTeX is set up to be 
          compatible with LaTeX. LameTeX can't do everything that 
          LaTeX can, but the special stealth commands guarantee 
          that your fancy LameTeX document can be processed by 
          normal LaTeX. This allows you to share it with anyone who 
          doesn't happen to have LameTeX. 

          By Jon Monsarrat, jgm@cs.brown.edu. 


                  What: Converts-LaTeX-to-PostScript, 
                  Text-Formatter, Converts-LaTeX-to-ASCII. Status: 
                  free. Platforms: UNIX, any C++ platform. 
                  Get-From: wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/lametex.tar.Z. 


        landscape.ps 
          prints pages of 132 characters by 60 lines in landscape 
          mode in 9 point Courier. By Carl Lydick. Just prepend to 
          an ASCII file and send it to the printer. 


                  What: Written-in-PostScript, 
                  Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: PostScript. Get-From: send a mail 
                  message whose body consists of the line ``SEND 
                  ASCII_TO_POSTSCRIPT'' to 
                  FILESERV@SOL1.GPS.CALTECH.EDU (or, if you're on 
                  ESnet/NSInet, to SOL1::FILESERV). 


        LaserWriter 8 
          converts Macintosh Postscript to Encapsulated PostScript 
          (EPS) 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-EPS. Status: free 
                  Platforms: Mac. Get-From: 
                  ftp.apple.com:dts/mac/sys.soft/imaging/laserwriter8.x. 


        lineprinter.ps 
          is a simple text to PostScript translator. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: ???. 
                  Platforms: PostScript. Get-From: from the Adobe 
                  file server (see Section 6 of the 
                  comp.lang.postscript FAQ, ``About Adobe''). 


        lj2ps 
          does a conversion of a (small) subset of PCL into 
          PostScript. By Chris Lewis. 

          There is a different lj2ps in psroff3.0 which does a 
          somewhat more complete job (handles downloaded LJ fonts) 
          and should work well with most ``WP'' or text processing 
          applications. 


                  What: Converts-PCL-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: comp.sources.misc. 


        lpp 
          features headers, different paper sizes, borders, font, 
          font size, banner page, truncate or fold long lines, 
          adjust margins, Swedish ISO 646, ISO 8859/1, multiple 
          copies, landscape or portrait, multiple columns, 
          localized date, double-sided printing, nroff font 
          selection, and more. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX, VMS, TOPS-20. Get-From: send 
                  request to fred@nada.kth.se (Fredric Ihren). 
                  UNIX-version is shareware ( 8 single-user, 12 
                  multi-user). TOPS-20 and VMS versions free. 
          . 


        lprps 
          is a collection of programs for interfacing the BSD lpr 
          spooler to a PostScript printer over a bidirectional 
          serial link. 



                What: 
                  Device-Utility 

                Status: 
                  free 

                Platforms: 
                  UNIX (SunOS, Ultrix, and other BSD-based 
                  versions) 

                Get-From: 
                  comp.sources.misc volumes 31 and 32, or 
                  ftp.jclark.com:/pub/lprps/lprps-2.4.tar.Z 

          lwf features indent, portrait/landscape, margin adjust, 
          page range, point size, tab stops, headers, page 
          reversal, multicolumn printing (via pr). 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. 

                Get-From: 
                  ftp.cs.ubc.ca or pub/local/src/lwf-2.2.shar.Z 


        macps 
          is a Unix program that takes an uploaded PostScript file 
          created on a Macintosh (by typing Command-F at the 
          LaserWriter dialog box; see macps.1 for more details) and 
          includes an appropriately modified LaserPrep file so that 
          the result can be sent to a PostScript printer from Unix. 
          The LaserPrep file contains macros used by the PostScript 
          generator on the Macintosh. 

          Macps is difficult to install, and may not really be 
          necessary. 


                  What: Device-Utility. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  UNIX. Get-From: 
                  src.doc.ic.ac.uk:/computing/systems/mac/macps/macps-23.shar 
                  and 
                  ftp://sumex-aim.stanford.edu/info-mac/unix/. 


        mutips 
          is a package that can print four pages to a sheet, etc. 


                  What: Page-Reordering. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  ???. Get-From: ftp.su.oz.au: pub/ps_ 
                  printing/multi/* 


        mp 
          lets you print mail messages and news articles, including 
          digests, as well as ASCII text files. 2-up landscape 
          mode. Prints Filofax, Franklin Planner, Time Manager, and 
          Time/System International formats. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: iesd.auc.dk 
                  (130.225.48.4) in the PostScript directory, or 
                  ftp.adelaide.edu.au (129.127.40.3) in the 
                  pub/sun/richb directory. 


        mpage 
          prints ASCII or PostScript 1-, 2-, 4-, or 8-up, 
          optionally boxed or landscape. Automatically figures out 
          whether input is ASCII text or PostScript. Can arrange 
          pages down or across and print a count of pages printed. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: 
                  ftp.eng.umd.edu:pub/misc/mpage-2.tar.Z. 


        nenscript 
          is an enscript clone. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: MS-DOS, UNIX, OS/2. Get-From: 
                  comp.lang.postscript article 
                  (geoffw.718500346@extro.ucc.su.OZ.AU), posted 7 
                  October 1992. You can find nenscript for OS/2 
                  1.x--2.0 and MSDOS on ftp-os2.nmsu.edu in 
                  pub/os2/all/nensc113.zip. A portable unzip 
                  program is available in comp.sources.misc. 


        netpbm 
          can convert between a lot of image formats. By Jef 
          Poskanzer. The old name for this tool is pbmplus. You can 
          convert images to PostScript and back. 


                  What: Converts-Images. Status: free Platforms: C 
                  Get-From: 
                  ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu/graphics/graphics/packages/ 
                  or ftp.cs.ubc.ca:/ftp/archive/netpbm 


        numbered.ps 
          prints pages of 80 characters by 58 lines in portrait 
          mode, with pages numbered in the lower-right corner in 11 
          point Courier. By Carl Lydick. Just prepend to an ASCII 
          file and send it to the printer. 


                  What: Written-in-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: PostScript. Get-From: send a mail 
                  message whose body consists of the line ``SEND 
                  ASCII_TO_POSTSCRIPT'' to 
                  FILESERV@SOL1.GPS.CALTECH.EDU (or, if you're on 
                  ESnet/NSInet, to SOL1::FILESERV). 


        quarto.c 
          shuffles and scales PostScript pages. It does signature 
          printing, reversal, page selection, page listing, etc. By 
          Michael Hawley. 


                  What: Page-Reordering. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  C. Get-From: 
                  wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/postscript/quarto.c. 


        PBM utilities 
          in the X11R4 and X11R5 distributions can convert between 
          many image formats. They handle: 

        
            Sun icon file                               reading writing
            Sun raster file                             reading writing
            X10 and X11 bitmap file                     reading writing
            MacPaint                                    reading writing
            CMU window manager format                   reading writing
            MGR format                                  reading writing
            Group 3 FAX                                 reading writing
            X11 window dump file                        reading writing
            X10 window dump file                        reading
            Xerox doodle brushes                        reading
            GEM .img format                             reading
            PC paintbrush (.pcx) format                 reading
            PICT                                        reading
            ASCII graphics                                      writing
            HP LaserJet format                                  writing
            GraphOn graphics                                    writing
            BBN BitGraph graphics                               writing
            Printronix format                                   writing
        
          See PPM and PGM for more X Windows conversion help. 


                  What: Converts-Images. Status: ???. Platforms: 
                  X11. Get-From: ???. 


        PBMPLUS 
          can convert between a lot of image formats. By Jef 
          Poskanzer. The new name for this tool is netpbm. You can 
          convert images to PostScript and back. 


                  What: Converts-Images. Status: free Platforms: C 
                  Get-From: 
                  ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu/graphics/graphics/packages/ 
                  or ftp.cs.ubc.ca:/ftp/archive/netpbm 


        pc2ps 
          handles IBM code page 437 line graphic symbols. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: Free 
                  Platforms: MS-DOS. Get-From: SIMTEL archives, or 
                  email giersig@ekpds1.tuwien.ac.at. 


        enscript 
          formats text in 1 or 2 columns, portrait or landscape, 
          manual paper feed, headers, line printer simulation, line 
          wrap or truncation, control lines on page, fonts. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free 
                  Platforms: UNIX, DOS, OS/2. Get-From: 
                  comp.sources.postscript, volume 3 


        PdB 
          version 2.1 is an ANSI-C to PostScript optimizing 
          compiler that allows you to write PostScript programs in 
          C. 

          There is no more need to write PostScript! Start using 
          PdB right now! PdB is an optimizing compiler to compile 
          ANSI-C (like) code into Adobe compatible PostScript. The 
          release of version 2.1 includes: 

          Binaries for Sun SPARC station and IBM RS6000; Include 
          files for Abobe PostScript level; Include files for NeWS 
          upto version 3.1.; Include files for TNT upto version 
          3.1.; Support for CPS OpenWindows upto version 3.1.; 
          Support NeWS classing in a C++ manner; Plenty of examples 
          of all the above functions.; NeWS/OpenWindows test 
          suite.; PostScript reference manual.; UNIX manual pages. 


                  What: Converts-C-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: ANSI-C. Get-From: 
                  turing.com:pub/pdb2.1-demo.tar.Z. 


        PGM utilities 
          in the X11R4 and X11R5 distributions can convert between 
          many image formats. They handle: 

        
            TIFF                                        reading
            Usenix FaceSaver file                       reading
            HIPS                                        reading
            FITS                                        reading writing
            PostScript ``image'' data                     reading
            raw grayscale bytes                         reading
            Encapsulated PostScript                             writing
        
          See PBM and PPM for more X Windows conversion help. 


                  What: Converts-Images. Status: ???. Platforms: 
                  X11. Get-From: ???. 


        portrait.ps 
          prints pages of 80 characters by 60 lines in portrait 
          mode in 11 point Courier. Just prepend to an ASCII file 
          and send it to the printer. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript, 
                  Written-in-PostScript. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  PostScript. Get-From: send a mail message whose 
                  body consists of the line ``SEND ASCII_TO_ 
                  POSTSCRIPT'' to FILESERV@SOL1.GPS.CALTECH.EDU 
                  (or, if you're on ESnet/NSInet, to 
                  SOL1::FILESERV). 


        Post 
          handles control margins, fonts, orientation, scaling This 
          is not the same as Post for the Amiga. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: 
                  shareware ( $ 5). Platforms: MS-DOS. Get-From: F. 
                  C. Betts, Veda Incorporated, Suite 200, 5200 
                  Springfield Pike, Dayton, OH 45431, U.S.A. 


        POSTPRN 
          is a device driver that prints portrait and landscape, 
          and 1-up, 2-up, and 4-up pages. Automatically converts 
          ASCII to PostScript simply by opening the device and 
          writing to it. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: MS-DOS. Get-From: 
                  ftp://grape.ecs.clarkson.edu/d/dosutil/ 
                  (315)268-6667 (1N8, 12/2400), file area 7, 
                  postprn.zip. 


        PostScript Processing Speed Test version 3.1 
          measures the speed of your PostScript device. By 
          Jean-Serge Gagnon. 


                  What: Device-Utility. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  ???. Get-From: GAAJ.UOTTAWA.CA (132.122.6.203). 


        The PostScript Zone 
          lets you pretend your PostScript programming space is 
          three dimensional. This package is a set of headers that 
          you can add to your files to make them know how to draw 
          in three dimensions. By Jonathan Monsarrat 
          (jgm@cs.brown.edu). 

          The page, of course, is a perspective two-dimensional 
          projection of this three-dimensional drawing space. You 
          can adjust this projection, rotate your three-dimensional 
          coordinate system, translate, and so on. 

          You can convert any 2D PostScript image into 3-space, 
          warping it over any arbitrary transformation or over a 
          surface. 

          The Zone is written entirely in PostScript level 1 and 
          runs on any PostScript device. 

          The Zone comes with a C program that lets you 
          interactively build a 3D image and rotate it with simple 
          keystrokes. 

          The PostScript Zone also has examples of arbitrary 
          non-affine transformations and conformal mapping. 


                  What: 3D, Warps, Conformal-Mapping, 
                  Written-in-PostScript. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  PostScript. Get-From: 
                  wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/zone.tar.Z. 


        postscript.el 
          is an emacs mode for PostScript programming. There's a 
          much better version of Chris Maio's -- it's definitely 
          worth replacing your September 1988 version with the 
          11/22/90 patch by John Relph. 


                  What: Programmer-Utility, elisp. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: Emacs. Get-From: 
                  wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/postscript/postscript.el. 


        pps 
          is designed to be extended into further tools. It 
          consists of a front-end that converts the file into 
          generic PostScript. You tack a header onto it that 
          defines the behavior of tabs, font changes, newlines, 
          formfeeds, and so on. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: alt.sources and 
                  comp.lang.postscript article 
                  (1992May13.013042.23844@NeoSoft.com), posted 13 
                  May 1992. 


        psformat.shar 
          is a PostScript code beautifier. 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-PostScript. Status: 
                  free. Platforms: ???. Get-From: The Adobe file 
                  server, ftp.adobe.com. 


        pstoepsi 
          converts arbitrary PostScript to Encapsulated PostScript 
          with an optional preview Image using either a UNIX based 
          or PC based (TIFF) preview format. This means it can 
          generate EPS, EPSI, and EPSF. By Doug Crabill 
          (dgc@cs.purdue.edu). 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-EPS, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-EPSI. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX, need PBMPLUS and either 
                  GhostScript or OpenWindows (version 2 or 3). 
                  Get-From: 
                  ftp.cs.purdue.edu:pub/dgc/pstoepsi-1.2.shar.Z 


        pstohtml 
          is a UNIX script that converts PostScript to HTML format. 
          You need Ghostscript to use it. 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-HTML Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX with Ghostscript Get-From: 
                  comp.sources.postscript archives, volume 3, 
                  ftp.sterling.com in 
                  /usenet/comp.sources.postscript/ 


        PPM 
          utilities in the X11R4 and X11R5 distributions can 
          convert between many image formats. They handle: 

        
            color Sun raster file                       reading writing
            GIF                                         reading writing
            Amiga IFF ILBM                              reading writing
            color X11 window dump file                  reading writing
            color X10 window dump file                  reading
            MTV ray-tracer output                       reading
            QRT ray-tracer output                       reading
            TrueVision Targa file                       reading
            Img-whatnot file                            reading
            color Encapsulated PostScript                       writing
        
          See PBM and PGM for more X Window System conversion help. 


                  What: Converts-Images. Status: ???. Platforms: 
                  X11. Get-From: ???. 


        printer 
          uses Monofont (Courier); monosize (12 pitch). With other 
          devps programs, it supports portrait and landscape 
          printing, manual feed, reverse page order printing, 
          message and other overlays, control-L (form feed) page 
          eject. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: 
                  commercial. Platforms: UNIX, MS-DOS. Get-From: 
                  Part of Pipeline Associates' devps package. 


        ps2a.sh 
          Converts PostScript to ASCII on a Sun by sending the PS 
          into psh or Ghostscript. The ASCII is spat back out on 
          stdout. It does a reasonable job since it uses positional 
          information to determine word breaks. The greatest 
          weakness is that it does not understand fonts. 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-ASCII. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: 
                  ftp://macadam.mpce.mq.edu.au/pub/comp/src/ or 
                  iamsun.unibe.ch:PostScript/ps2a.sh. 


        ps2ascii 
          The output from this gives a rough ascii version of the 
          postscript document. Requires a PostScript interpreter 
          (such as Ghostscript) and perl. Written by Steven Dick 
          (ssd@engr.ucf.edu). 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-ASCII. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: 
                  ftp://apocalypse.engr.ucf.edu/usr/ssd/. 


        ps2ascii.pl 
          prints all the words of a PostScript program. 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-ASCII. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX (any Perl platform). Get-From: 
                  wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/postscript/ps2ascii.pl. 


        ps2ascii.ps 
          prints all the words of a PostScript program as well as 
          the (X,Y) positions. You can use the (X,Y) positions to 
          retain the format of your document, as well as just the 
          strings. 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-ASCII, 
                  Written-in-PostScript. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  PostScript. Get-From: 
                  wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/postscript/ps2ascii.ps. 


        ps2eps-11 
          is a UNIX program that lets you convert an EPS file into 
          EPSF. It uses GhostScript and PBMPLUS. It creates a 
          macbinary file which can be transferred to the Mac using 
          macbinary option. It can use almost any PS including that 
          from some other Mac application after cleaning with 
          macps. 


                  What: Converts-EPS-to-EPSF. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: 
                  sumex-aim.stanford.edu:info-mac/unix/ps2eps-11.shar. 


        ps2pk 
          is astandalone C program which rasterizes a PostScript 
          font into TeX's PK format. 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-TeX. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: ???. Get-From: ftp.urc.tue.nl, 
                  ftp://ipc1.rrzn.uni-hannover.de/pub/tex/utilities/, 
                  ftp://rusmv1.rus.uni-stuttgart.de/.serv2/soft/tex/utilities/, 
                  ftp://miki.cs.titech.ac.jp/pub/text/TeX/misc/, 
                  ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/packages/tex/fonts/utilities/. 


        ps2txt 
          is by Iqbal Qazi. 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-ASCII. Status: ???. 
                  Platforms: ???. Get-From: ftp.funet.fi in 
                  /pub/archive/alt.sources/volume92/Feb/920223.01.gz. 


        ps2a.sh 
          is a UNIX shellscript that redefines the show and related 
          operators in the manner you suggest, and decides when 
          kerning is taking place. By Leonard Hamey. 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-ASCII. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: ftp.mpce.mq.edu.au. 


        psbook 
          can rearrange pages in a PostScript file into 
          ``signatures''. This is useful for printing books or 
          booklets. 

          From the psutils collection by Angus Duggan. 


                  What: Page-Reordering. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  UNIX. Get-From: See the psutils entry. 


        psbox 
          allows ps files to be included in TeX documents, and 
          allows ps figures to to resized as required. 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-TeX Status: free. 
                  Platforms: TeX Get-From: 
                  cs.nyu.eduu:pub/tex/psbox 


        psf 
          can do 2-up, 4-up, landscape, portrait, control fonts and 
          sizes, double-sided printing, scaling, banner page. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX, Xenix, MS-DOS. Get-From: 
                  comp.sources.misc volume 12 issues 104-109, 
                  archive name psf2. Or ftp to 
                  fsa.cpsc.ucalgary.ca:pub/psf/psf3.5.tar.Z 


        PsFrag, 
          by Craig Barratt, is a set of LaTeX macros for overlaying 
          postscript figures with fragments of LaTeX. More 
          precisely, the PsFrag macros allow specific pieces of 
          postscript text in a postscript figure (included via\ 
          epsfbox or\special) to be replaced with arbitrary 
          fragments of LaTeX. When your document is latex'ed and 
          dvips'ed, each piece of postscript text is replaced by 
          the LaTeX text. 

          The postscript file might be produced, for example, by 
          xfig, idraw, matlab, xmath, etc. Each string displayed by 
          postscript's show operator is a candidate for replacement 
          by LaTeX text, math symbols, equations, pictures etc. For 
          example, you can include a matlab plot in a LaTeX 
          document with the title, axis labels, and legend 
          generated by LaTeX. 

          The LaTeX fragments can be optionally rotated, scaled, 
          and repositioned relative to the text being replaced. The 
          LaTeX fragments automatically track the postscript text 
          position as the postscript file is modified, or as the 
          scaling and offsets of the\special or\epsfbox are 
          changed. 

          You need GhostScript and dvips from Radical Eye Software 
          to use the program. 


                  What: Converts-TeX-to-PostScript, 
                  Converts-LaTeX-to-PostScript, Text-Formatter, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-TeX, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-LaTeX. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: 
                  isl.stanford.edu:pub/boyd/psfrag/psfrag.tar.Z. 


        psfig 
          allows you to include PostScript easily in your LaTeX or 
          TeX or ditroff documents. By Trevor Darrell. 


                  What: Text-Formatter, Converts-PostScript-to-TeX, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-LaTeX, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-Troff. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: ftp.uu.net 
                  /usenet/comp.sources.unix/volume11/psfig or 
                  ftp://csc-sun.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/pub/ 


        psnup 
          puts many PostScript pages on one page. 


                  What: Page-Reordering. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  ???. Get-From: Part of psutils. . 


        PSR 
          is a simple C program that compiles under DOS and Unix 
          that converts NROFF output (namely ASCII with overstrikes 
          and backspaces) into Postscript. 


                  What: ???. Status: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. 
                  Platforms: C Get-From: 
                  ftp://biome.bio.ns.ca/pub/postscript/ 


        psroff3.0 
          contains programs that can convert TeX PK format or HP 
          SFP format fonts into PostScript bitmap fonts. While 
          bitmap fonts scale poorly, this is sometimes of use in 
          special circumstances. By Chris Lewis. 


                  What: Converts-PK-to-PostScript, 
                  Converts-SFP-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX, for psxlate and asc2ps also VMS. 
                  Get-From: ftp.uunet.ca in distrib/chris_ 
                  lewis/psroff3.0. 


        psselect 
          lets you select pages and ranges of pages to be printed 
          from among all the pages of a big document. It selects 
          individual pages, page ranges, or odd or even pages from 
          a DSC compliant file. PSselect can also reverse the order 
          of pages in a DSC compliant files. 


                  What: Page-Reordering. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  UNIX. Get-From: See the psutils entry. 


        pstext 
          handles tabs and backspaces, prints two-up, landscape or 
          portrait. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: email to 
                  jgm@cs.brown.edu . 


        pstops 
          rearranges the pages in a PostScript file. 


                  What: Page-Reordering. Status: ???. Platforms: 
                  UNIX. Get-From: See the psutils entry. 


        PSTricks 
          v0.93 is an extensive collection of PostScript macros 
          that is compatible with most TeX macro packages, 
          including Plain TeX , LaTeX AmSTeX and AmS-LaTeX. 
          Included are macros for color, graphics, rotation, trees 
          and overlays. It has several special features: 



           * There is a wide variety of graphics (picture drawing) 
             macros, with a flexible interface and with color 
             support. All lines and outlines can be solid, dotted 
             or dashed. Lines and curves can have arrowheads, 
             t-bars, brackets or circles on the ends. Regions can 
             be filled with solid colors, lines or crosshatch. By 
             Timothy Van Zandt 


           * There is support for polar and cartesian coordinate 
             systems. 


           * There are macros for plots and axes. 


           * Nested rotations can be made with respect to the 
             physical page. 


           * There are flexible node macros, useful for trees, 
             mathematical diagrams, and linking information of any 
             kind. 


           * There is a powerful loop macro that is useful for 
             making pictures. 


           * There are macros for coloring or shading the cells of 
             tables. 


                  What: Text-Formatter, Converts-PostScript-to-TeX, 
                  Converts-PostScript-to-LaTeX. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: 
                  princeton.edu:pub/tvz/pstricks.tar.Z. 


        * [ PSxlate ] is part of psroff3.0, and is available from 


                  What: Page-Reordering, Device-Utility. Status: 
                  free. Platforms: UNIX. Get-From: 
                  comp.sources.unix archives, or ftp.uunet.ca in 
                  /distrib/chris_lewis/psroff3.0/part??.Z. 


        * [ psutils ] is a set of useful PostScript utilities: 
          epsffit, getafm, psbook, psnup, psselect, pstops, and 
          showchar. By Angus Duggan 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript, 
                  Page-Reordering. Status: free. Platforms: UNIX. 
                  Get-From: 
                  ftp.dcs.ed.ac.uk:pub/ajcd/psutils.tar.Z. 


        * [ SerialOff.PS ] works with SerialEHandler.ps to 
          communicate bidirectionally to the printer. Works on 
          PostScript 2 printers only. 


                  What: Device-Utility. Status: free. Platforms: . 
                  Get-From: wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/postscript. 


        * [ showchar ] outputs PostScript to draw a character with 
          metric information. 


                  What: Font-Utility. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  UNIX. Get-From: See the psutils entry. 


        * [ spike.ps ] prints out an ASCII file in PostScript. Just 
          prepend to an ASCII file and send it to the printer. You 
          can play with the margins, font, etc. easily. By John 
          Hughes. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: 
                  PostScript. Platforms: Written-in-PostScript. 
                  Get-From: 
                  wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/postscript/spike.ps. 


        * [ StripFonts ] strips out font definitions from a 
          PostScript file intended to be printed on a printer which 
          already knows the fonts. 


                  What: Font-Utility. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  Macintosh. Get-From: ???. 


        * [ swtext ] started off as a clone of Adobe's 
          ``enscript'', but is now greatly enhanced, and has large 
          numbers of columns, ``document'' mode with paragraph 
          fills and *bold* and_italic _ printing (controlled by 
          *...* and_... _ respectively), more control over page 
          layout.... 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: 
                  commercial. Platforms: ???. Get-From: Harlequin 
                  Ltd, Barrington Hall, Barrington, Cambridge, 
                  CAMBS, United Kingdom. 
                  scriptworks-request@harlqn.co.uk. 


        * [ Tailor ] can edit PostScript documents. 


                  What: Edit-PostScript Status: Commercial 
                  Platforms: NEXTSTEP (3.1 or higher). Get-From: 
                  FirstClass NV, Peter Camps, Avennesdreef 32, 
                  B-9031 Drongen, BELGIUM, +32 9 227 62 48 voice, 
                  +32 9 227 15 89 fax, info@firstclass.be 


        * [ t1utils ] can convert PFB to PFA. By Lee Hetherington. 


                  What: Converts-PFB-to-PFA, Converts-PFA-to-PFB. 
                  Status: free. Platforms: ???. Get-From: 
                  ftp.cs.umb.edu (192.12.26.23): 
                  /pub/misc/t1utils-1.1.tar.Z. 


        * [ text2ps ] allows arbitrary rotation, control body font, 
          body font size, horizontal spacing, leading, left margin 
          on even and odd pages, top margin, fold long lines 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: ???. 
                  Platforms: DOS, UNIX?. Get-From: 
                  comp.binaries.ibm.pc, volume 1, archive name 
                  text2ps. 


        * [ TOPS ] is a very simple text to ps filter. Quite fast. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: MS-DOS. Get-From: Ian Farquhar 
                  (ifarqhar@macuni.mqcc.mq.oz.au). 


        * [ Trimmer ] strips out font definitions from a PostScript 
          file intended to be printed on a printer which already 
          knows the fonts. 


                  What: Font-Utility. Status: Shareware. Platforms: 
                  Macintosh. Get-From: ???. 


        * [ unps ] 


                  What: Converts-PostScript-to-ASCII. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: POSIX, UNIX with nawk. Get-From: 
                  wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/postscript/unps. 


        * [ up ] is a Perl hack to convert ps files to n-up 
          (conforming output from conforming input, so you can pass 
          it through again...), where n is whatever you want it to 
          be, based on a configuration file. It also includes 
          page-reordering for book-making. 


                  What: Page-Reordering. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  Perl. Get-From: comp.sources.misc late in '89 
                  (volume 8). 


        * [ wide.ps ] prints pages of 132 characters by 103 lines 
          in portrait mode in 6 point Courier. Just prepend to an 
          ASCII file and send it to the printer. By Carl Lydick. 


                  What: Converts-ASCII-to-PostScript, 
                  Written-in-PostScript. Status: free. Platforms: 
                  PostScript. Get-From: send a mail message whose 
                  body consists of the line ``SEND ASCII_TO_ 
                  POSTSCRIPT'' to FILESERV@SOL1.GPS.CALTECH.EDU 
                  (or, if you're on ESnet/NSInet, to 
                  SOL1::FILESERV). 


        * [ wmap2ps ] converts map files (MP1 format) from John B. 
          Allison's 'The World Digitized' package to EPSF 2.0 
          conforming PostScript files. The latitude is usually 
          projected using the mercator projection and the resulting 
          figure may be scaled and positioned to the needs of the 
          user. 


                  What: Converts-MP1-to-PostScript. Status: free. 
                  Platforms: PostScript. Get-From: 
                  wilma.cs.brown.edu:pub/postscript/wmap2ps.shar. 


        * [ xpr ] is converts the bitmap from any X Window System 
          file to PostScript. 

          To convert an image to PostScript in X Window System, you 
          can display the image on the screen and then use ``xpr 
          -device ps'' in the resulting X11 window. For example, to 
          convert GIF to PostScript, use xv or xshowgif (ftp from 
          bongo.cc.utexas.edu (128.83.186.13)) and then xpr. 


                  What: Converts-Images. Status: ???. Platforms: 
                  X11. Get-From: ???. 

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