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NAME

pnm2ppa – convert portable anymap (PNM) images to HP’s PPA printer for‐
mat.

SYNOPSIS

pnm2ppa [options] [ -i infile ] [ -o outfile ]

DESCRIPTION

Reads portable anymap (PNM) format as input. Binary PNM formats pnmraw
= {ppmraw (color pixmap), pgmraw (graymap), and pbmraw (black-and-white
bitmap)} are strongly preferred. Output stream can be locally pro‐
cessed by Hewlett-Packard’s Printing Performance Architecture (PPA)
printers (HP DeskJet 710C, 712C, 720C, 722C, 820C, and 1000C series).

(PNM format output can be produced from PostScript(tm) input by the
GhostScript output devices “pbmraw”, “pgmraw” or “ppmraw”, or by “pnm‐
raw”, which will choose one of these formats as appropriate for the
document.) pnm2ppa assumes the input resolution is 600dpi (or 300dpi
if the command-line option –dpi300 is used): input at higher/lower
resolutions will result in a correspondingly larger/smaller printed
image, provided it is within the printer’s allowed size range.

OPTIONS

-b bottommargin
Sets the bottom margin bottommargin in units of 1/600 inches
(e.g., -b 150 corresponds to 0.25″).

-B blackness
Sets the black ink density blackness in drops per pixel
(0,1,2,3,4).

–bi Force bidirectional print sweeps.

–bw Disables the color cartridge; will print in grey scale using
only the black cartridge.

-d Displays the current configuration.

–dpi300
Treat input resolution as 300dpi instead of 600dpi.

–eco Econofast mode: lower print quality that is faster and saves
ink.

-f configFile
Re-reads configuration from configFile (after initially reading
it from /etc/pnm2ppa.conf).

-F GammaFile
Overrides reading the color-correction table (Gamma curve) from
the default file /etc/pnm2ppa.gamma, and uses GammaFile instead.

–fd Enable fast ordered dithering instead of using the slower, but
beautiful, Floyd-Steinberg dithering. (Has no effect in –bw
mode.)

-g Prints a page of color intensity samples (for comparison with
gamma.ppm data produced by calibrate_ppa). This is part of a
color-correction procedure; see COLOR.txt for more details.

-h, –help
Displays program usage.

-i infile
Input file infile is either a path to a PPM file, or ‘-‘ to
indicate stdin (defaults to stdin).

-l leftmargin
Sets the left margin leftmargin in units of 1/600 inches (e.g.,
-l 150 corresponds to 0.25″).

–noGamma
Switches off any color-correction.

-o outfile | –
Output file outfile is either a path to a file or device, or ‘-‘
to indicate stdout (defaults to stdout).

-p Disables the black ink cartridge; i.e., print using only the
color ink cartridge, even for printing “black”. This might be
useful for printing high-quality color images.

-r rightmargin
Sets the right margin rightmargin in units of 1/600 inches
(e.g., -r 150 corresponds to 0.25″).

-s papersize
Sets the default paper size (now used only for color-correction
output produced by the -g option). In normal use, pnm2ppa now
instead reads the paper dimensions from pnm input file headers,
and checks that it is a valid papersize for the given printer
model. Possible values for papersize are a4 (A4), letter or us
(US Letter, 8.5″x11″), legal (US Legal, 8.5″x14″). The default
is US Letter.

-t topmargin
Sets the top margin topmargin in units of 1/600 inches (ie -t
150 corresponds to 0.25″).

–uni Force unidirectional (left to right) print sweeps. Useful if
“shearing” is a problem for high quality color images.

-v printertype
Selects the printer model. Possible values of printertype are:
710, 712, 720, 722, 820 and 1000. The default is the HP DeskJet
7X0 Series (710, 712, 720, 722).

–verbose
Displays the program’s System Log messages on the standard out‐
put, as well.

–version
Displays the program’s version information.

-x xoffset
Sets the x-offset xoffset from the left of the page. Units are
1/600 inches.

-y yoffset
Sets the y-offset yoffset from the top of the page. Units are
1/600 inches.

NOTES
The default configuration file /etc/pnm2ppa.conf is read in first.
Command line arguments then modify the resulting definitions.

The -v option resets all definitions (margins, offsets, etc.) back to
the inbuilt defaults for that printer and should be used before subse‐
quent -b, -l, -r, -t, -x and -y arguments.

SEE ALSO

pnm(5), ppm(5), pbm(5)

FILES
/etc/pnm2ppa.conf
Default configuration file.

/etc/pnm2ppa.gamma
Default Gamma (color-correction) file.

AUTHOR

This code is licensed under the GNU Public License version 2. See
LICENSE for details.

(c) 1998-1999 Tim Norman

(c) 1999 Giorgio Marzano

(c) 1999 Andrew van der Stock

(c) 1998-2002 Various authors for many, many fixes

HISTORY
This program was originally pbm2ppa, written by Tim Norman. It origi‐
nally supported black and white output on the 820 series. Tim added
nascent color support in early 1999. In May 1999, Giorgio Marzano
started making real headway in getting color support working properly.
Andrew van der Stock has maintained the code since September 1999, and
made it available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/pnm2ppa.

BUGS

Faint horizontal lines marking boundaries between print sweeps may be
visible. You may get better results when printing images, with the
options:
-p –uni (this may no longer apply since recent code improvements).

23 Jun 2002 pnm2ppa

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