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    - thack: CAT to PostScript.   comp.sources.unix archives.
      For very casual use only.  Has no width tables, and can't,
      for example, make tbl box corners line up.)  Available from
      comp.sources.unix archives.  Very simple to build/install.

    - tpscript: ditroff to PostScript (reasonably good filter)
      comp.sources.unix archives.  Does not support psfig.

    - jetroff: ditroff to HP Laserjet (no support for III scalable
      fonts).  Commercial version (jetroff 2) no longer available.
      Jetroff 1.0 (shareware) is available from c.s.m archives.
      Author: Rick Richardson.  Would need some fiddling to work
      with groff.

    - troff2lj: CAT troff to HP Laserjet.  Limited font handling
      functionality - package discontinued by author when psroff
      2.0 was released.

    - lcat/lroff: obsolete, should be junked, precursor to psroff.

    - hp2pbm: not a troff-2-something filter per-se.  However,
      given a HP Laserjet driver, hp2pbm can convert HP Laserjet 2
      (PCL4) codes to Jef Poskanzer's PBM format, which permits you to
|      use any of the many output formats supported by PBM, as well as
|      directly to several other formats (PCL4, G3, X windows dump
      etc).  Author: Chris Lewis and Klaus Schallhorn.  Hp2pbm and PBM+
      are accessible from c.s.m archives.  Hp2pbm includes a 24 pin
      Epson driver and a built-in G3 FAX driver.  Will not work with
      groff's PCL5 driver.

|      Hp2pbm coupled with Gert Doering's mgetty+sendfax makes a _very_
|      nice bidirectional data (eg: UUCP) and FAX modem capability for
|      UNIX.
    
|    - GhostScript: also not a troff-2-something filter.  It is a
|      PostScript to raster converter.  Coupled with a troff/filter
|      that generates PostScript, GhostScript can usually be coaxed
|      into generating GIFs, PBMs, G3, PCL4, and several other
|      graphics formats.  This is more flexible than hp2pbm, will
|      often do a sligthly better job, but requires a lot more disk space
|      and is considerably slower.  If speed or space is a concern,
|      hp2pbm is a better choice.
    
    - cat2desk is a version of lcat/lroff modified to work with
      Deskjets.  Psroff will work with newer deskjets (especially
      scalable font ones with PCL4), but not older ones (the font
      format is different) which are PCL3.

Deskjets generally:

      For printing on deskjets that do not support SFP fonts, your best
      solution is either to use troff & psroff driving hp2pbm (with
      pbm2lj from hp2pbm as the final stage), or groff emitting
      PostScript and letting GhostScript do the conversion.  Either one
      of these combinations will give you full functionality up to and
      including graphics.  The former is easier to install and runs much
      faster (see me for pbm2lj tweak).  The latter may have the edge on
      font quality.

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