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NAME

       pdftops  - Portable Document Format (PDF) to PostScript converter (ver-
       sion 3.03)


SYNOPSIS

       pdftops [options] <PDF-file> [<PS-file>]


DESCRIPTION

       Pdftops converts Portable Document Format (PDF) files to PostScript  so
       they can be printed.

       Pdftops reads the PDF file, PDF-file, and writes a PostScript file, PS-
       file.  If PS-file  is  not  specified,  pdftops  converts  file.pdf  to
       file.ps  (or  file.eps  with  the -eps option).  If PS-file is '-', the
       PostScript is sent to stdout.


OPTIONS

       -f number
              Specifies the first page to print.

       -l number
              Specifies the last page to print.

       -level1
              Generate Level 1 PostScript.   The  resulting  PostScript  files
              will  be significantly larger (if they contain images), but will
              print on Level 1 printers.  This also  converts  all  images  to
              black  and  white.   No  more  than  one of the PostScript level
              options  (-level1,  -level1sep,  -level2,  -level2sep,  -level3,
              -level3sep) may be given.

       -level1sep
              Generate Level 1 separable PostScript.  All colors are converted
              to CMYK.  Images are written with separate stream data  for  the
              four components.

       -level2
              Generate  Level 2 PostScript.  Level 2 supports color images and
              image compression.  This is the default setting.

       -level2sep
              Generate Level 2 separable PostScript.  All colors are converted
              to  CMYK.   The  PostScript  separation convention operators are
              used to handle custom (spot) colors.

       -level3
              Generate Level 3 PostScript.  This enables all Level 2  features
              plus CID font embedding.

       -level3sep
              Generate  Level 3 separable PostScript.  The separation handling
              is the same as for -level2sep.

       -eps   Generate an Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)  file.   An  EPS  file
              contains a single image, so if you use this option with a multi-
              page PDF file, you must use -f and -l to specify a single  page.
              No more than one of the mode options (-eps, -form) may be given.

       -form  Generate a PostScript form which can  be  imported  by  software
              that  understands  forms.   A form contains a single page, so if
              you use this option with a multi-page PDF file, you must use  -f
              and  -l  to specify a single page.  The -level1 option cannot be
              used with -form.  No more than one of the  mode  options  (-eps,
              -form) may be given.

       -opi   Generate  OPI  comments  for all images and forms which have OPI
              information.  (This option is only available if pdftops was com-
              piled with OPI support.)

       -binary
              Write  binary  data  in Level 1 PostScript.  By default, pdftops
              writes hex-encoded data in Level 1 PostScript.  Binary  data  is
              non-standard in Level 1 PostScript but reduces the file size and
              can be useful when Level 1 PostScript is required only  for  its
              restricted use of PostScript operators.

       -r number
              Set  the  resolution  in DPI when pdftops rasterizes images with
              transparencies or, for Level 1 PostScript, when pdftops  raster-
              izes  images  with  color masks.  By default, pdftops rasterizes
              images to 300 DPI.

       -noembt1
              By default, any Type 1 fonts which are embedded in the PDF  file
              are copied into the PostScript file.  This option causes pdftops
              to substitute base fonts instead.   Embedded  fonts  make  Post-
              Script files larger, but may be necessary for readable output.

       -noembtt
              By  default,  any  TrueType  fonts which are embedded in the PDF
              file are copied into the PostScript file.   This  option  causes
              pdftops  to  substitute base fonts instead.  Embedded fonts make
              PostScript files larger, but may be necessary for readable  out-
              put.   Also,  some  PostScript interpreters do not have TrueType
              rasterizers.

       -noembcidps
              By default, any CID PostScript fonts which are embedded  in  the
              PDF  file are copied into the PostScript file.  This option dis-
              ables that embedding.  No attempt is made to substitute for non-
              embedded CID PostScript fonts.

       -noembcidtt
              By default, any CID TrueType fonts which are embedded in the PDF
              file are copied into the PostScript file.  This option  disables
              that embedding.  No attempt is made to substitute for non-embed-
              ded CID TrueType fonts.

       -passfonts
              By default, references to non-embedded 8-bit fonts  in  the  PDF
              file  are  substituted  with  the  closest  "Helvetica", "Times-
              Roman", or "Courier" font.  This  option  passes  references  to
              non-embedded fonts through to the PostScript file.

       -aaRaster yes | no
              Enable  or disable raster anti-aliasing.  This defaults to "no".
              pdftops may need to rasterize transparencies and  pattern  image
              masks  in  the  PDF.   If  the PostScript will be printed, leave
              -aaRaster disabled and set -r to the resolution of the  printer.
              If  the  PostScript  will be viewed, enabling -aaRaster may make
              rasterized text easier to read.

       -optimizecolorspace
              By default, bitmap images in the PDF pass through to the  output
              PostScript  in  their  original color space, which produces pre-
              dictable results.  This option converts RGB and CMYK images into
              Gray  images  if  every pixel of the image has equal components.
              This can fix problems when doing color separations of PDFs  that
              contain embedded black and white images encoded as RGB.

       -preload
              preload images and forms

       -paper size
              Set  the  paper size to one of "letter", "legal", "A4", or "A3".
              This can also be set to "match", which will set the  paper  size
              of  each  page  to  match the size specified in the PDF file. If
              none the -paper, -paperw, or -paperh options are  specified  the
              default is to match the paper size.

       -paperw size
              Set the paper width, in points.

       -paperh size
              Set the paper height, in points.

       -origpagesizes
              This option is the same as "-paper match".

       -nocrop
              By  default,  output  is cropped to the CropBox specified in the
              PDF file.  This option disables cropping.

       -expand
              Expand PDF pages smaller than the paper to fill the  paper.   By
              default, these pages are not scaled.

       -noshrink
              Don't  scale  PDF  pages  which  are  larger than the paper.  By
              default, pages larger than the paper are shrunk to fit.

       -nocenter
              By default, PDF pages smaller than the paper (after any scaling)
              are  centered  on  the  paper.   This  option  causes them to be
              aligned to the lower-left corner of the paper instead.

       -duplex
              Set the Duplex pagedevice entry in the  PostScript  file.   This
              tells duplex-capable printers to enable duplexing.

       -opw password
              Specify  the  owner  password  for the PDF file.  Providing this
              will bypass all security restrictions.

       -upw password
              Specify the user password for the PDF file.

       -overprint
              Enable overprinting.

       -q     Don't print any messages or errors.

       -v     Print copyright and version information.

       -h     Print usage information.  (-help and --help are equivalent.)


EXIT CODES

       The Xpdf tools use the following exit codes:

       0      No error.

       1      Error opening a PDF file.

       2      Error opening an output file.

       3      Error related to PDF permissions.

       99     Other error.


AUTHOR

       The pdftops software and documentation are copyright 1996-2011 Glyph  &
       Cog, LLC.


SEE ALSO

       pdfdetach(1),  pdffonts(1),  pdfimages(1),  pdfinfo(1),  pdftocairo(1),
       pdftohtml(1),  pdftoppm(1),  pdftotext(1)  pdfseparate(1),   pdfsig(1),
       pdfunite(1)



                                15 August 2011                      pdftops(1)

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