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From the press release by Peter Szabo, its developer: "a2ping is a UNIX command line utility written in Perl that converts many raster image and vector graphics formats to EPS or PDF and other page description formats. Accepted input file formats are: PS (PostScript), EPS, PDF, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, PNM, BMP, GIF, LBM, XPM, PCX, TGA. Accepted output formats are: EPS, PCL5, PDF, PDF1, PBM, PGM, PPM, PS, markedEPS, markedPS, PNG, XWD, BMP, TIFF, JPEG, GIF, XPM. a2ping delegates the low-level work to Ghostscript (GS), pdftops and sam2p. a2ping fixes many glitches during the EPS to EPS conversion, so its output is often more compatible and better embeddable than its input." [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design: Drawing and Design Programs

An on-line program for a bachelors degree, which lists many drawing programs. Very few of them have PostScript capabilities, but the list of links is large and helpful. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free open source graphical tool that allows the import of scanned (tiff, jpg, gif) and vector (postscript, pdf, dxf, hpgl) data, the vectorisation, editing and creation of data (and page layout), and the export of vector data. It runs on Linux (X-Windows) and Mac OSX. It can be a useful tool as a preprocessing step in the creation of fonts, when starting from scans of drawings or from pictures of typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A free on-line converter from PFA (type 1) to Opentype format. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Commercial product by Hake u. Said GmbH. ConvertPS 5.0 Windows translates the PostScript files and converts them into more compatible vector- and pixel-formats like, e.g., Windows Metafile (WMF) or Bitmaps (BMP). Output formats: Vector (WMF, EMF, DXF, SVG, PDF), Bitmap (BMP, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, GIF). Input formats: PS, EPS, AI, PRN. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Nikola Jaksic's free ghostscript-based utility for turning EPS files into PDF files. For Windows. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Siep Kroonenberg]

Epspdf (2008) is an ps/eps/pdf converter which can be used both from the command-line and as a GUI application. It is a Ruby script and is freely provided by Siep Kroonenberg. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Sebastian Rahtz]

Free perl script by Sebastian Rahtz (improved by many such as Thomas Esser, Heiko Oberdiek and Gerben Wierda) for making a properly translated PDF file out of an EPS file, using ghostscript. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A command line or DLL-based component for converting, merging, marking and creating PostScript and PDF files. Commercial product from Visual Integrity. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Handmade Software

Runs Image Alchemy for free, online. Most graphics format conversions are done on the spot, for free. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Software from CERN which, besides of viewing HPGL files, can batch-convert between HPGL, PostScript (EPS) and other formats. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Image Alchemy PS

Converts PostScript to most graphics formats. Marketed by Handmade Software. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Image Magick

Free C/C++ source code for ps2jpg conversion. Needs and uses ghostscript for the conversions. Displays, manipulates, and converts over 70 image formats, including PostScript, EPS, and PDF. For X-Windows. Link died. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Thomas Merz]

Free UNIX or DOS line command with source code by Thomas Merz for transforming JPEG to PostScript Level 2 (or PostScript 3). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Many free converters between PS, PDF, TIFF, BMP, JPG, GIF, EPS, PNG. And a 1MB font file with the ghostscript fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿


"MakePDF provides MS Windows users with a GUI and command-line environment for converting Postscript files to PDF. Utilising the standard MS Windows environment simplifies this activity for the average Windows users." A free open source code project under development. Headed by Samiuela Loni Vea Taufa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

PDF FLY (was: The Graphics Connection)

Commercial product from Visual Integrity. It converts PostScript, EPS and PDF files into PostScript, PDF, SVG, DXF, CGM, HPGL, MIF, WMF, EMF, EPS, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP and ASCII. Licenses start at $395. Available in desktop, server and developer versions on Windows, Linux and UNIX. Formerly known as The Graphics Connection from Square One bv. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free ASCII text extractor requiring ghostscript and Python. [Google] [More]  ⦿

PreScript 2.1

Free utility for translating postscript into ascii text or html (requires ghostscript, perl). Equivalent link. Part of the New Zealand Digital Library project. [Google] [More]  ⦿

PS to GIF instructions

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PS to PDF file translation

Free on-line ps to pdf converter. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Was: Extract text from a PostScript file: a commercial product by Square One BV, The Netherlands. Now part of the commercial FLY product line from Visual Integrity, ps2ascii extracts text from a PostScript file, with or without placement. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Part of the ghostscript distribution. This utility extracts text from PostScript files. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free PERL code for postscript to text to html. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Nelson L. Chang's free program for converting postscript files into html files. Improved by Amr Haggag. Of limited use, as it requires many other things. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free UNIX program for making a PostScript program into an HTML file. By Alessandro Agostini, Daniele Andreuccetti and Stefano Cerreti at the Florence Research Area and Electromagnetic Research Institute of National Research Council in Florence, Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿


PostScript to HTML converter by Yannis Nikopoulos, developed in his bachelor thesis at the Computer Science Department at the University of Crete. Free source code. For UNIX only. [Google] [More]  ⦿


PostScript to HTML converter by Bradley for certain journals at Johns Hopkins University Press. Not applicable for most documents. He also has a script that parses the ps2ascii output to produce a HTML document for general documents. Free. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free product that is part of Ghostscript: ps2pdf "is a work-alike for nearly all the functionality (but not the user interface) of Adobe's AcrobatTM DistillerTM product: it converts PostScript files to Portable Document Format (PDF) files. ps2pdf is implemented as a very small command script (batch file) that invokes Ghostscript, selecting a special "output device" called pdfwrite." [Google] [More]  ⦿

ps2pdf with ghostscript

gs -q -dSAFER -dNOPAUSE -sPAPERSIZE=a4 -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=output.pdf input.ps
Check here for more info on creating PDF files from TEX via dvips, by Kendall Whitehouse. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free on-line ps to pdf converter. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Peter Kleiweg's PERL script for converting PostScript files to ppm bitmap files. Needs ghostscript. Can be used to create high-quality images. Kleiweg: "1.Create an image multiplying the default resolution of 72 by three: ps2ppm -r 216 file 2. Modify the image (using e.g., xv) with the 3x3 blur algorithm 3.Decrease the size of the image to 33%, giving it the original intended size 4.Save the image in the file-format you need." For UNIX, requires ghostscript. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ps2tab 0.5

"Gratis on-line document conversion service! ps2tab gives easy access to the tables and paragraphs underlying PostScript(TM) documents. It does this by intelligently mapping a document's contents into a spreadsheet grid. It renders the results as a tab-delimited ASCII file which can be used by any spreadsheet application. The typical spreadsheet application will allow pasting of paragraphs into a word processor and natural manipulation of table data. " The service is free of charge and is accessed by email. Send your PostScript file as an attachment to: ps2tab@document-analysis.com. Within 24 hours, ps2tab will reply by email with the conversion result. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Text extractor code in C written by Jason Black, based on earlier work by Iqbal Qazi. Special option -dvi for dvitps-generated files. [Google] [More]  ⦿


The LaTeX package ps4pdf provides a new way to use Postscript commands (e.g. PSTricks graphics, PSfrag replacements, EPS graphics) inside a pdfLaTeX processed document. You need recent versions of the LaTeX packages preview, ifpdf, ifvtex and a new LaTeX base installation. By Rolf Niepraschk. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free program to PS/EPS/TIFF/JPEG files to PDF, transcode PDF to PDF and generate EPS. It can also be used as Windows PDF printer, producing PDF directly from any application - even over the network. For Windows, Mac OSX and UNIX. [Google] [More]  ⦿

PStill v1.20

Frank M. Siegert's PostScript to PDF converter for NeXTSTEP, OpenStep/Mach and Linux/Intel, Solaris/Sparc, IRIX 6.x/MIPS, and UNIX. Free for private and educational use. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Wolfgang Glunz's tool to convert ps and pdf to tgif, frame, xfig, pdf, gnuplot, cgm, lwo, rib, rpl, java applet. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Piet van Oostrum's tool for extracting text from a postscript file. [Google] [More]  ⦿


MSDOS executable for pstotext. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Ghostscript-based source code for extracting the ASCII text from a PostScript or PDF document. By Andrew Birrell and Paul McJones. Alternate site. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free open source desktop page layout program in the tradition of Corel Ventura, Quark Xpress, PageMaker and InDesign, designed for Linux and Unix. Flexible PDF creation options, PDF Import, Encapsulated Postscript import/export and creation of 4 color separations. Scribus also supports via freetype Unicode text including right to left scripts such as Arabic and Hebrew. Graphic formats which can be placed in Scribus include Encapsulated Post Script (eps), TIFF(Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), Portable Network Graphics (png) and XPixMap(xpm). The PDF driver from Scribus can embed fonts for postscript printing and you can use and output high resolution EPS files. Other useful features include manual kerning of type, rotating object frames, bezier curves polygons, precision placement of objects, layering with RGB and CMYK custom colors. Unlike proprietary binary file formats, even damaged documents can be recovered with a simple text editor. Python scripts extend the usefulness. Among these, we find Font Sample Generator (which makes samples of your installed fonts). Author and Maintainer: Franz Schmid. Programming contributions from Paul Johnson, Christian Töpp, and Alastair Robinson. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sebastian Rahtz

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Siep Kroonenberg

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Steve Ward

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Thomas Merz
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[Steve Ward]

From 1999: Webify is a program which makes web-browsable trees of hypertext files and JPEG/GIF images from Postscript source files. It was motivated by the need to convert Powerpoint presentations to humane web form. Resolution and other parameters are adjustable, allowing most any postscript file (papers, manuals, books) to be automatically converted to page-browsable form. Webify is freely distributed in C source form, and runs on UNIX systems having Ghostscript installed with PPMRAW conversion along with the cjpeg or ppmtogif utilities (all available free). It can be used (on UNIX systems) to convert postscript files generated on Macs, PCs, and elsewhere. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD a large compressed tar file containing webify source. The size of the file stems from the postscript containing the above presentation; webify is a simple, single C program which invokes GhostScript to do most of the real work. By Steve Ward. [Google] [More]  ⦿