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Miguel Santana's free program to format an ascii file for Postscript printing. [Google] [More]  ⦿


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]  ⦿


GNU-license ascii to postscript converter by Akim Demaille and Miguel Santana. One of the best and most versatile such programs around. Mailing list (send "subscribe" in the body). Home. [Google] [More]  ⦿


An Ascii to PostScript converter by Christoph Beck (freeware). Needs ghostscript. Home. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Apache FOP: Fonts

Technical font page for Apache FOP systems: Apache FOP (Formatting Objects Processor) is a print formatter driven by XSL formatting objects (XSL-FO) and an output independent formatter. It is a Java application that reads a formatting object (FO) tree and renders the resulting pages to a specified output. Output formats currently supported include PDF, PS, PCL, AFP, XML (area tree representation), Print, AWT and PNG, and to a lesser extent, RTF and TXT. The primary output> [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arkka Enterprises

Located in Warrenville, IL, this company developed Mup: Mup takes a text file as input and produces PostScript output for printed music. It can handle both regular notation and tablature notation. It can also produce MIDI output. Free trial, but 29$ if you keep it. Windows and UNIX/Linux. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bakoma TeX

"BaKoMa TeX is PostScript enabled TeX system intended for preparing of Electronic Publications. The system works under Microsoft Windows XP/2000/NT/98/95. The system includes Integrated Development Environment, Extended BaKoMa Fonts Collection, TeX processor with friends, and popular macro packages. The system supports using a scalable fonts (OpenType, TrueType, PostScript Type 1 (including Multiple Masters), and Type 3 font formats) and importing of PostScript graphics into documents. The system supports generation of PDF and printing on any printer supported by a driver under MS Windows." Shareware, developed by Basil Malyshev. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Dirk Krause]

A library and a command line tool for conversion of different bitmap graphics types (like PNG or JPG) to EPS. It can produce EPS levels 1, 2 and 3. By Dirk Krause. [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]  ⦿


Creates PostScript sheet music from chord and lyric files. Written by Martin Leclerc and Mario Dorion at SUN. Original page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dirk Krause

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dvi to PostScript filter by Thomas Rokicki. Free, current version 5.58. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Tom Rokicki's dvi to PostScript driver used by most TeX people. [Google] [More]  ⦿

dvips info pages

Information pages on Thomas Rokicki's dvips filter. See also here. [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]  ⦿

Erich Oswald

Erich Oswald at ETH Zürich developed several pieces of software, such as OType (free open source), "a package for loading and rendering TrueType fonts within Oberon, comparable to the Freetype project." Also, Gfx, a high-level graphics library that allows one to create EPS files. [Google] [More]  ⦿

George Williams

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Gershon Elber's free c coude for GIF to PostScript conversions. UNIC/Linux. Part of the GIFLIB package maintained by Eric S. Raymond and Toshio Kuratomi Alternate site. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Dead link. Scott Hemphill's free C code for GIF to PS conversions. With a shell file around it. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A simple free GIF wrapper that outputs a PostScript file. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gimp: the GNU Image Manipulation Program

The Gimp is an image manipulation program, written by Peter Mattis and Spencer Kimball, and released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It is a program for UNIX and X. "The GIMP is the UNIX replacement of Adobe's Photoshop. The GIMP is free, and source-code is available and goes under GPL. It has most features you want to have: PostScript font support Transparency Layers many modes: normal, lighten-only, darken-only, overlay etc XCF file-format saves all settings and picture with all infos." [Google] [More]  ⦿


Gimp plugin by Vidar Madsen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

GNU enscript (genscript)

Free replacement for the Adobe enscript program. Enscript converts ASCII files to PostScript and spools generated PostScript output to the specified printer or leaves it to file. Current version 1.6.2. By Markku Rossi. FTP access at MIT. [Google] [More]  ⦿

GNU lilypond

PostScript generator of music sheets. By Han-Wen Nienhuys and Jan Nieuwenhuizen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Handmade Software

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


HP2PS is based around an HPGL-2 interpreter written in Postscript. Free. By Texas Imperial Software Products. [Google] [More]  ⦿


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

html2ps 0.2a

Jan Karrman's free HTML to PostScript generator written in Perl. Home. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Mike Sweet's free program for converting HTML files to indexed HTML, PostScript level 1 and 2, and PDF. It has some limitations (no pictures, no stylesheets). Copyright Easy Software Products. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free drawing program with LATEX and PostScript output. Developed by Otfried Cheong at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1994. There is a brand new 2003 version: "Ipe is a drawing editor for creating figures in PDF or (encapsulated) Postscript format. It supports making small figures for inclusion into LaTeX-documents as well as making multi-page PDF presentations that can be shown on-line with Acrobat Reader. Ipe's main features are:

  • Entry of text as LaTeX source code. This makes it easy to enter mathematical expressions, and to reuse the LaTeX-macros of the main document. In the display text is displayed as it will appear in the figure.
  • Produces pure Postscript/PDF, including the text. Ipe converts the LaTeX-source to PDF or Postscript when the file is saved.
  • It is easy to align objects with respect to each other (for instance, to place a point on the intersection of two lines, or to draw a circle through three given points) using various snapping modes.
  • Users can provide ipelets (Ipe plug-ins) to add functionality to Ipe. This way, Ipe can be extended for each task at hand.
  • The text model is based on Unicode, and has been tested with Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.
  • Ipe is available for Unix, Windows, and Mac OS X.
  • Ipe is written in standard C++ using the STL, and released under the Gnu Public License.
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John Hobby

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


Converts bitmap graphics (BMP, GIF, TIFF, ART) into PostScript and other vector formats (WMF, DXF, HPGL, ART). (Win95/NT, OS/2, NEXT, Unix). Commercial product. [Google] [More]  ⦿


"Lout is a document formatting system designed and implemented by Jeffrey Kingston at the Basser Department of Computer Science, University of Sydney, Australia. The system reads a high-level description of a document similar in style to LaTeX and produces a PostScript file". Primary download site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lout Home Page

"Lout is a document formatting system designed and implemented by Jeffrey Kingston at the Basser Department of Computer Science, University of Sydney, Australia. The system reads a high-level description of a document similar in style to LaTeX and produces a PostScript file which can be printed on most laser printers and graphic display devices. Plain text and PDF (starting from version 3.12) output are also available. " Free source code under GNU license. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free software project managed by Simon Chenery. They state: Mapyrus is software for creating plots of points, lines, polygons and labels to PostScript (high resolution, up to A0 paper size), Portable Document Format (PDF), Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format and web image output formats. Mapyrus is open source software and is implemented entirely in Java enabling it to run on Linux, Mac OS X, Sun Solaris, Microsoft Windows and other operating systems for which Java is available. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[John Hobby]

Metapost is John Hobby's metafont-like language for generating PostScript, based on Don Knuth's Metafont. Could be useful for defining the shapes of characters. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Apostolos Syropoulos's Perl script that generates a PostScript Type 3 font that corresponds to a METAFONT font description. In order to achieve its goal the program utilizes another program: mfplain (METAPOST with the mfplain base preloaded). The author acknowledges the help of John Hobby (the creator of METAPOST) and Yotam Medini. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MolScript v2.1.2

MolScript is a program for displaying molecular 3D structures, such as proteins, in both schematic and detailed representations. Output: PostScript, EPS, JPG, GIF, PNG, and so forth. Free software for academia. Source code. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Print several pages on a single sheet of paper. Free software by MesaConsulting, founded by Marcel Mol and Paul Schuurmans. For UNIX. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Rich Burridge's free PostScript pretty printer (written in C++) for text files. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Daniel Robert Risacher's free utility to convert text files to PostScript. Free alternative to the commercial enscript. Alternate URL. Home. [Google] [More]  ⦿

npr 1.2

Stefan Stapelberg's free utility to print News files. Home. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Stefan Stapelberg's free utility to print News files in pretty postscript. [Google] [More]  ⦿

P J B Computing

Peter Billam's free Perl module muscript: a generator of PostScript music sheets. Other PostScript utilities: line_drawing.ps, colours.ps. He also has a comparison of Perl and PostScript. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Ciaran McHale's free utility for address labels. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Joe Brownlee's free utility for generating calendars in PostScript. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Smadi Paradise's free pretty code printer (handles C, awk, sh, lisp, mail, PostScript and English). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peter Selinger

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Robert S. Maier's GNU plotting utilities package. Free source code. Many kinds of possible oupt, including PostScript. Download via FTP. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Perl modules or creating PostScript files of mailing address labels. By Alan K. Jackson. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Produce PostScript files from Perl. Free code by Matthew C. Newton. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Peter Selinger]

Peter Selinger's free bitmap to PostScript tracing program. Potrace (TM) is a utility for tracing a bitmap, which means, transforming a bitmap into a smooth, scalable image. The input is a bitmap (PBM, PGM, PPM, or BMP format), and the default output is an encapsulated PostScript file (EPS). A typical use is to create EPS files from scanned data, such as company or university logos, handwritten notes, etc. The resulting image is not "jaggy" like a bitmap, but smooth.

See also potrace-pixelperfect by Guilherme Maeda for pixel perfect tracing in FontForge. [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]  ⦿


Graham Freeman's freeware text formatter for a PostScript device with a wide variety of codings. [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]  ⦿

Siep Kroonenberg

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A commercial piece of Mac software by FreeSoft (Limal, Belgium) for converting bitmaps and images into vecor format, and for editing figures and outlines. It exports EPS files. This could be used to make the outlines for glyphs of a font, assuming one has a font editor that imports EPS files. A few free trials when you download. Developers: Jean-Christophe Goddart and Renaud Pattyn. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Bogu\l{}aw Jackowski, Piotr Pianowski and Piotr Strzelczyk created this free PostScript program for the conversion of TIFF files (ver. 6.0) to EPS ones. Compression (LZW, CCITT Fax, RLE, Flate, DCT) and ASCII85 encoding is available. The package may be used for generating colour- separated EPSes, EPS thumbnails, and, moreover, little header EPSes, containing only a pointer to a source TIFF file. Employing Ghostscript guarantees portability and efficient processing. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free tiff to postscript filter at the TEX archives. See also here. An alternative is Sam Leffler's tifflib (SGI, free UNIX code). See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

TIFF2PS ver. 0.5 (beta)

"TIFF2PS is a PostScript program for the conversion of TIFF files (ver. 6.0) to EPS ones." Free. Written by Bogulaw Jackowski, Piotr Pianowski, and Piotr Strzelczyk. [Google] [More]  ⦿

TrueType-Schriften für Linux

Jürgen Schmidt's quick hacks for using truetype in Linux environments. Included: ttf-gs (based on ttf2pt1, this hack tells ghostscript's Fontmap file about truetype fonts); afmmaker (by Yeong Yu, 1992: extract an AFM file from a truetype font); ttmk-so (makes all your truetype fonts known to StarOffice; based on Joerg Pomnitz's ttmkdir; needs libttf.so from the freetype library). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[George Williams]

Free Truetype font utility by George Williams. A Unix program to convert a glyph from a true type font into an eps (Encapsulated Postscript) file. [Google] [More]  ⦿


txtbdf2ps is a free Perl script by Serge Winitzki for translating text to postscript and showing the result using the user's own supplied BDF files. Some international and/or Unicode-compliant BDF font links are provided too. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Perl script that translates text and given BDF (bitmap) fonts into PostScript. By Serge Winitzki. Motivation: many fonts for strange scripts may only be available in BDF (bitmap) format. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A Windows Metafile Converter for Windows 95&Windows NT 4.0 by Wolfgang Schulter. A mirror site. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Roger Willcocks' free eps to ps wrapper called wrapeps.c. [Google] [More]  ⦿