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pnmdepth – change the maxval in a portable anymap


pnmdepth newmaxval [pnmfile]


Reads a portable anymap as input. Scales all the pixel values, and
writes out the image with the new maxval. Scaling the colors down to a
smaller maxval will result in some loss of information.

Be careful of off-by-one errors when choosing the new maxval. For
instance, if you want the color values to be five bits wide, use a max‐
val of 31, not 32.

One important use of pnmdepth is to convert a new format 2-byte-per-
sample PNM file to the older 1-byte-per-sample format. Before April
2000, essentially all raw (binary) format PNM files had a maxval less
than 256 and one byte per sample, and many programs may rely on that.
If you specify a newmaxval less than 256, the resulting file should be
readable by any program that worked with PNM files before April 2000.


pnm(5), ppmquant, ppmdither


Copyright (C) 1989, 1991 by Jef Poskanzer.

08 April 2000 pnmdepth

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