Small Image Tools

pstoedit – translates PostScript and PDF graphics into other vector formats

pstoedit translates Postscript and PDF files to various editable vector graphic formats including tgif, xfig, PDF graphics, gnuplot format, idraw, MetaPost, GNU Metafile, PIC, Kontour and flattened PostScript.

The architecture of pstoedit consists of a PostScript frontend which needs to call a PostScript interpreter like Ghostscript and the individual backends which are plugged into a kind of framework.

This framework can be used independently from the PostScript frontend from any other program.

Features include:

  • Generates the following format:
    • Tgif .obj format.
    • .fig format for xfig.
    • pdf – Adobe’s Portable Document Format.
    • gnuplot format.
    • Flattened PostScript (with or without Bezier curves).
    • DXF – CAD exchange format.
    • LWO – LightWave 3D.
    • RIB – RenderMan.
    • RPL – Real3D.
    • Java 1 or Java 2 applet.
    • Idraw format (in fact a special form of EPS that idraw can read).
    • Tcl/Tk.
    • HPGL.
    • AI (Adobe Illustrator) (based on
    • Enhanced Windows Meta Files (EMF) (if libemf is available).
    • PIC format for troff/groff.
    • MetaPost format for usage with TeX/LaTeX.
    • LaTeX2e picture.
    • Kontour.
    • GNU Metafile (plotutils / libplot).
    • Skencil.
    • Mathematica.
    • via ImageMagick to any format supported by ImageMagick.
    • SWF.
    • CNC G code.
    • VTK files for ParaView and similar visualization tools.
    • PPTX files for PowerPoint.

Support: Documentation
Developer: Wolfgang Glunz
License: GNU General Public License v2.0

pstoedit is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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