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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.  If PDF-file is '-',  Pdftops  reads  the
       PDF file from stdin.


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.

       -rasterize always | never | whenneeded
              By  default, pdftops rasterizes pages as needed, for example, if
              they contain transparencies.  To force rasterization, set  -ras-
              terize  to  "always".  Use  this to eliminate fonts.  To prevent
              rasterization, set -rasterize to "never". This may produce files
              that display incorrectly.

       -processcolorformat MONO8 | CMYK8 | RGB8
              Sets the process color format as it is used during rasterization
              and transparency reduction.  The default depends  on  the  other
              settings: For -level1 the default is MONO8, for -level{1,2,3}sep
              or -overprint the default is CMYK8, and in all other cases  RGB8
              is  the default. If -processcolorprofile is given then -process-
              colorformat is inferred from the specified ICC profile.

       -processcolorprofile filename
              Sets the ICC profile that is assumed  during  rasterization  and
              transparency reduction.

       -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  overprint  emulation during rasterization. For -process-
              colorformat being CMYK8 and the language level being higher than
              2,  this  option  is  set  to true by default. Note: This option
              requires -processcolorformat to be CMYK8.

       -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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