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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(1) 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 8.62.


AUTHOR

       Artifex  Software,  Inc.  are  the  primary maintainers of Ghostscript.
       David M. Jones <dmjones@theory.lcs.mit.edu> made  substantial  improve-
       ments to ps2ascii.



8.62                           29 February 2008                    ps2ascii(1)

ghostscript 8.62 - Generated Thu Jun 26 20:01:15 CDT 2008
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