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Magic print filter with automatic file type recognition

Apsfilter is a magic print filter with automatic file type recognition. It features on-the-fly decompression and conversion, and works on both PostScript and non-PostScript (via Ghostscript) graphical printers. This package makes printing many file formats much easier.

Among the supported formats are: gzip, bzip2, compress, freeze, pack, ASCII, BMP, data (PCL, etc.), DVI, FBM, FIG, FITS, GIF, Group 3 fax, HTML, IFF ILBM, JPEG, Kodak Photo CD, MGR, MIFF, PBM/PGM/PNM/PPM, PDF, PNG, PostScript, RLE, SGI, Sketch, Sun raster, Targa, TIFF, troff, WPG, X pixmap, XCF. Note that actual support depends on the installed filter programs.


User manpage included. A user guide in HTML format is also available providing more details on the resources and how to use them.

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GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey4 March 2003

Leaders and contributors

Andreas Klemm Maintainer
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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use netpbm utils).
Required to use psutils
Required to use A converter for each file format (typically ghostscript if you don't have a true PS printer and a bunch of other filter like: a2ps
Weak prerequisite psutils
Required to use ImageMagick
Weak prerequisite ghostscript (for non-PostScript printers)
Required to use acroread

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 17 January 2017.


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