Pnmtopng User Manual(0)                                Pnmtopng User Manual(0)


       pnmtopng - convert a PNM image to PNG


       pnmtopng [-verbose] [-downscale] [-interlace] [-alpha=file] [-transpar-
       ent=[=]color] [-background=color] [-palette=palettefile] [-gamma=value]
       [-hist] [-text=file] [-ztxt=file] [-rgb=â€â€™wx wy
         rx ry gx gy bx byâ€â€™] [-size=â€â€™x y unitâ€â€™] [-modtime=â€â€™[yy]yy-mm-dd
         hh:mm:ssâ€â€™]  [-nofilter] [-sub] [-up] [-avg] [-paeth] [-compression=n]
       [-comp_mem_level=n]            [-comp_strategy={huffman_only|filtered}]
       [-comp_method=deflated]   [-comp_window_bits=n]   [-comp_buffer_size=n]
       [-force] [-libversion] [pnmfile]


       Obsolete options:

       [-filter n]

       Options available only in older versions:

       [-chroma wx wy rx ry gx gy bx by] [-phys x y unit] [-time [yy]yy-mm-dd

       Minimum unique abbreviation of option is acceptable.  You may use  dou-
       ble  hyphens  instead  of single hyphen to denote options.  You may use
       white space in place of the equals sign to separate an option name from
       its value.


       This program is part of Netpbm(1).

       pnmtopng reads a PNM image as input and produces a PNG image as output.

       Color values in PNG files are either eight or  sixteen  bits  wide,  so
       pnmtopng  will  automatically  scale  colors to have a maxval of 255 or
       65535.  Grayscale files will be produced with bit depths 1, 2, 4, 8  or
       16.  An extra pnmdepth step is not necessary.


       pnmtopng  changed  in  Netpbm  10.30 (October 2005) to use the standard
       Netpbm command line syntax.  Before that,  you  could  not  use  double
       hyphens to denote an option and could not use an equal sign to separate
       an option name from its value.  And the options had to come before  the
       non-option program arguments.

       Furthermore,  the  options  -chroma,  -phys, and -time were replaced by
       -rgb, size, and -modtime, respectively.  The  only  difference,  taking
       -phys/-size  as  an example, is that -phys takes multiple program argu-
       ments as the option argument, whereas -rgb takes a single program argu-
       ment which is composed of multiple words.  E.g.  The old shell command

          pnmtopng -phys 800 800 0 input.pnm >output.png

       is equivalent to the new shell command

          pnmtopng -size ’800 800 0’ input.pnm >output.png

       If  you’re  writing  a program that needs to work with both new and old
       pnmtopng, have it first try with the new syntax, and if it  fails  with
       ’unrecognized option,’ fall back to the old syntax.

                   Display the format of the output file.

                   Enables  scaling of maxvalues of more then 65535 to 16 bit.
                   this means loss of image data, the step is not performed by

                   Creates an interlaced PNG file (Adam7).

               This  specifies  the transparency (alpha channel) of the image.
              You supply the alpha channel as a standard PGM alpha  mask  (see
              the  PGM(1)specification.pnmtopngdoesnot  necessarily represents
              the transparency information as an alpha channel in the PNG for-
              mat.  If it can represent the transparency information through a
              palette, it will do so in order to  make  a  smaller  PNG  file.
              pnmtopng even sorts the palette so it can omit the opaque colors
              from the transparency part of the palette and save space for the

              pnmtopng  marks  the  specified  color as transparent in the PNG

              Specify the color (color) as described for the argument  of  the
              ppm_parsecolor()  library  routine  .  E.g. red or rgb:ff/00/0d.
              If the color you specify is not present in the  image,  pnmtopng
              selects  instead  the  color in the image that is closest to the
              one you specify.  Closeness is measured as a cartesian  distance
              between  colors  in  RGB space.  If multiple colors are equidis-
              tant, pnmtopng chooses one of them arbitrarily.

              However, if you prefix your color specification with ’=’, e.g.

                                  -transparent =red

               only the exact color you specify will be transparent.  If  that
              color  does  not  appear  in  the image, there will be no trans-
              parency.  pnmtopng issues an information message  when  this  is
              the case.

              Causes  pnmtopng  to  create a background color chunk in the PNG
              output which can be used for subsequent alpha channel or  trans-
              parent color conversions.  Specify color the same as for -trans-

              This option specifies a palette to use in the  PNG.   It  forces
              pnmtopng  to create the paletted (colormapped) variety of PNG --
              if that isn’t possible, pnmtopng  fails.   If  the  palette  you
              specify  doesn’t  contain  exactly the colors in the image, pnm-
              topng fails.   Since  pnmtopng  will  automatically  generate  a
              paletted PNG, with a correct palette, when appropriate, the only
              reason you would specify the -palette option is if you  care  in
              what  order  the  colors appear in the palette.  The PNG palette
              has colors in the same order as the palette you specify.

              You specify the palette by naming a PPM file that has one  pixel
              for each color in the palette.

              Alternatively,  consider  the  case  that have a palette and you
              want to make  sure  your  PNG  contains  only  colors  from  the
              palette,  approximating  if  necessary.   You  don’t  care  what
              indexes the PNG uses internally for the colors (i.e.  the  order
              of  the  PNG  palette).   In this case, you don’t need -palette.
              Pass the Netpbm input image and your palette  PPM  through  pnm-
              remap.   Though you might think it would, using -palette in this
              case wouldn’t even save pnmtopng any work.

              Causes pnmtopng to create a gAMA chunk.  This information  helps
              describe  how  the  color values in the PNG must be interpreted.
              Without the gAMA chunk, whatever interprets  the  PNG  must  get
              this information separately (or just assume something standard).
              If your input is a true PPM or PGM  image,  you  should  specify
              -gamma  .45.   But  sometimes  people  generate images which are
              ostensibly PPM except the image uses a different gamma  transfer
              function  than the one specified for PPM.  A common case of this
              is when the image is created by  simple  hardware  that  doesn’t
              have  digital computational ability.  Also, some simple programs
              that generate images from scratch do it with a gamma transfer in
              which the gamma value is 1.0.

       -hist  Use  this  parameter  to  create a chunk that specifies the fre-
              quency (or histogram) of the colors in the image.

              This option specifies how red, green, and blue component  values
              of a pixel specify a particular color, by telling the chromatic-
              ities of those 3 primary illuminants and  of  white  (i.e.  full
              strength of all three).

              The  chroma_list  value  is a blank-separated list of 8 floating
              point decimal numbers.  The CIE-1931 X and Y chromaticities  (in
              that  order)  of  each  of  white, red, green, and blue, in that

              This information goes into the PNG’s cHRM chunk.

              In a shell command, make sure you use quotation  marks  so  that
              the blanks in chroma_list don’t make the shell see multiple com-
              mand arguments.

              This option was new in  Netpbm  10.30  (October  2005).   Before
              that,  the option -chroma does the same thing, but with slightly
              different syntax.

       -size=â€â€™x y unitâ€â€™
              This option determines the aspect ratio of the individual pixels
              of your image as well as the physical resolution of it.

              unit  is  either 0 or 1.  When it is 1, the option specifies the
              physical resolution of the image in pixels per meter.  For exam-
              ple,  -size=â€â€™10000 15000 1â€â€™ means that when someone displays the
              image, he should make it  so  that  10,000  pixels  horizontally
              occupy  1  meter  and 15,000 pixels vertically occupy one meter.
              And even if he doesn’t take this advice on the overall  size  of
              the  displayed  image,  he  should at least make it so that each
              pixel displays as 1.5 times as high as wide.

              When unit is 0, that means there is no advice  on  the  absolute
              physical resolution; just on the ratio of horizontal to vertical
              physical resolution.

              This information goes into the PNG’s pHYS chunk.

              When you don’t specify -size, pnmtopng creates the image with no
              pHYS chunk, which means square pixels of no absolute resolution.

              This option was new in  Netpbm  10.30  (October  2005).   Before
              that,  the  option  -phys does the same thing, but with slightly
              different syntax.

              This option lets you include comments in the text chunk  of  the
              PNG  output.  file is the name of a file that contains your text

              Here is an example of a comment file:
                         Title           PNG file

                         Author          Bryan Henderson

                         Description     how to include a text chunk
                                         PNG file
                         "Creation date" 3-feb-1987

                         Software        pnmtopng

              The format of the file is as follows:  The file is divided  into
              lines,  delimited by newline characters.  The last line need not
              end with a newline character.  A group of consecutive lines rep-
              resents a comment.

              A  "delimiter  character"  is  a blank or tab or null character.
              The first line representing a comment  must  not  start  with  a
              delimiter  character.   Every other line in the group is a "con-
              tinuation line" and must start with a delimiter character.

              The first line representing a comment consists of a keyword  and
              the  first line of comment text.  The keyword begins in Column 1
              of the file line and continues up to,  but  not  including,  the
              first  delimiter character, or the end of the line, whichever is
              first.  Exception: you can enclose the keyword in double  quotes
              and  spaces  and  tabs  within the double quotes are part of the
              keyword.  The quotes are not part of the keyword.  A NUL charac-
              ter is not allowed in a keyword.

              The  first  line of the comment text is all the text in the file
              line beginning after the keyword and  any  delimiter  characters
              after  it.  immediately after the delimiter character that marks
              the end of the keyword.

              A continuation line defines a subsequent line  of  the  comment.
              The comment line is all the text on the continuation line start-
              ing with the first non-delimiter character.

              There is one newline character between every two comment  lines.
              There  is  no  newline  character after the last line of comment

              There is no limit on the length of a file  line  or  keyword  or
              comment  text  line  or  comment text.  There is no limit on the
              number of comments or size of or number of lines in the file.

              The same as -text,  except  pnmtopng  considers  the  text  com-

       -modtime=â€â€™[yy]yy-mm-dd hh:mm:ssâ€â€™
              This option allows you to specify the modification time value to
              be placed in the PNG output.  You can specify the year parameter
              either as a two digit or four digit value.

              This  option  was  new  in  Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005).  Before
              that, the option -time does the same thing,  but  with  slightly
              different syntax.

              This option is obsolete.  Before Netpbm 10.22 (April 2004), this
              was the only way to specify a row filter.  It specifies a single
              type  of  row  filter, by number, that pnmtopng must use on each

              Use -nofilter, -sub, -up, -avg, and -paeth in current Netpbm.





       -paeth Each of these options permits pnmtopng to use one  type  of  row
              filter.   pnmtopng chooses whichever of the permitted filters it
              finds to be optimal.  If you specify none of these  options,  it
              is  the  same as specifying all of them -- pnmtopng uses any row
              filter type it finds optimal.

              These options were new with Netpbm 10.22 (April  2004).   Before
              that,  you could use the -filter option to specify one permitted
              row filter type.   The  default,  when  you  specify  no  filter
              options, was the same.

              This  option sets set the compression level of the zlib compres-
              sion.  Select a level from 0 for no compression (maximum  speed)
              to 9 for maximum compression (minimum speed).

              This option sets the memory usage level of the zlib compression.
              Select a level from 1 for  minimum  memory  usage  (and  minimum
              speed) to 9 for maximum memory usage (and speed).

              This option was new in Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005).

              This  options sets the compression strategy of the zlib compres-
              sion.  See Zlib documentation  for  information  on  what  these
              strategies are.

              This option was new in Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005).

              This option does nothing.  It is here for mathematical complete-
              ness and for possible forward compatibility.   It  theoretically
              selects  the compression method of the zlib compression, but the
              Z library knows only one method today,  so  there’s  nothing  to

              This option was new in Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005).

              This  option  tells  how big a window the zlib compression algo-
              rithm uses.  The value is the base 2  logarithm  of  the  window
              size  in  bytes, so 8 means 256 bytes.  The value must be from 8
              to 15 (i.e. 256 bytes to 32K).

              See Zlib documentation for details on what this window size  is.

              This option was new in Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005).

              This  option  determines  in  what size pieces pnmtopng does the
              zlib compression.  One compressed piece goes in each IDAT  chunk
              in  the  PNG.   So  the bigger this value, the fewer IDAT chunks
              your PNG will have.  Theoretically, this makes the  PNG  smaller
              because  1)  you  have  less per-IDAT-chunk overhead, and 2) the
              compression algorithm has more data to work with.  But in  real-
              ity,  the difference will probably not be noticeable above about
              8K, which is the default.

              The value n is the size of the compressed piece (i.e.  the  com-
              pression buffer) in bytes.

              This option was new in Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005).

       -force When  you  specify this, pnmtopng limits its optimizations.  The
              resulting PNG output is as similar to the Netpbm input as possi-
              ble.   For  example, the PNG output will not be paletted and the
              alpha channel will be represented as a full alpha  channel  even
              if  the  information could be represented more succinctly with a
              transparency chunk.

              This option causes pnmtopng to display version information about
              itself  and the libraries it uses, in addition to all its normal
              function.  Do not confuse this with  the  Netpbm  common  option
              -version,  which  causes the program to display version informa-
              tion about the Netpbm library and do nothing else.

              You can’t really use this option in a program that invokes  pnm-
              topng  and  needs to know which version it is.  Its function has
              changed too much over the history of pnmtopng.   The  option  is
              only good for human eyes.


       pngtopnm(1), pamrgbatopng(1), pnmremap(1), pnmgamma(1), pnm(1)

       For information on the PNG format, see .


       Copyright (C) 1995-1997 by Alexander Lehmann and Willem van Schaik.

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