pdftops(1)


NAME

   pdftops  -  Portable  Document  Format  (PDF)  to  PostScript converter
   (version 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
          compiled 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
          rasterizes  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
          PostScript 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
          output.  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
          disables 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-
          embedded 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
          predictable 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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