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GNU a2ps
Any to PostScript filter

Program started as a text to PostScript converter, with pretty printing and all the expected features of this kind of program, but it can now handle other file types (PostScript, Texinfo, DVI, web-authoring, PDF, etc.) provided you have the necessary tools. While highly configurable, everything was designed so that even a novice can do complicated PostScript manipulations. For instance, the program can delegate the processing of some files to other filters (such as groff, texi2dvi, dvips, gzip,etc.) which allows a uniform treatment (n-up, page selection, duples, etc.) of heterogeneous files It also includes support for a wide range of programming languages, encodings (ISO Latins, Cyrillic, etc.), medias, and Native Language Support (NLS).


User manual available in HTML format from

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Download version 4.14 (stable)
released on 28 December 2007

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Leaders and contributors

Juliusz Chroboczek Contributor
Paolo Matos Contributor
Masayuki Hatta Maintainer
Chuck Robey Contributor
Dirk Eddelbuettel Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Help,Support E-mail
Bug Tracking E-mail
Developer VCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite gzip
Weak prerequisite groff
Weak prerequisite Ghostscript
Weak prerequisite LaTeX
Weak prerequisite GV
Required to use PSUtils (psnup
Weak prerequisite dvips
Weak prerequisite ImageMagick
Required to use psselect
Weak prerequisite makeinfo
Weak prerequisite bzip2
Required to use etc.)
Weak prerequisite acroread

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 13 June 2010.


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