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PS2ASCII(1) Ghostscript Tools PS2ASCII(1)

NAME

ps2ascii – Ghostscript translator from PostScript or PDF to ASCII

SYNOPSIS

ps2ascii [ input.ps [ output.txt ] ] ps2ascii input.pdf [ output.txt ]

DESCRIPTION

ps2ascii uses gs to extract ASCII text from PostScript(tm) or Adobe
Portable Document Format (PDF) files. If no files are specified on the
command line, gs reads from standard input; but PDF input must come
from an explicitly-named file, not standard input. If no output file
is specified, the ASCII text is written to standard output.

ps2ascii doesn’t look at font encoding, and isn’t very good at dealing
with kerning, so for PostScript (but not currently PDF), you might con‐
sider pstotext (see below).

FILES
Run “gs -h” to find the location of Ghostscript documentation on your
system, from which you can get more details.

SEE ALSO

pstotext(1), http://www.research.digital.com/SRC/virtualpaper/psto‐
text.html

VERSION
This document was last revised for Ghostscript version 9.18.

AUTHOR

Artifex Software, Inc. are the primary maintainers of Ghostscript.
David M. Jones made substantial improve‐
ments to ps2ascii.

9.18 5 October 2015 PS2ASCII(1)