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Asciitopgm User Manual(0)                            Asciitopgm User Manual(0)

       asciitopgm - convert ASCII graphics into a PGM

       asciitopgm [-d divisor] height width [asciifile]

       This program is part of Netpbm(1).

       asciitopgm  reads  ASCII data as input and produces a PGM image with pixel values which are an approximation of
       the 'brightness' of the ASCII characters, assuming black-on-white printing.  In other words,  a  capital  M  is
       very dark, a period is very light, and a space is white.

       Obviously, asciitopgm assumes a certain font in assigning a brightness value to a character.

       asciitopgm  considers  ASCII control characters to be all white.  It assigns special brightnesses to lower case
       letters which have nothing to do with what they look like printed.  asciitopgm takes the ASCII  character  code
       from the lower 7 bits of each input byte.  But it warns you if the most signficant bit of any input byte is not

       Input lines which are fewer than width characters are automatically padded with spaces.

       The divisor value is an integer (decimal) by which the blackness of an input character is divided; the  default
       value  is 1.  You can use this to adjust the brightness of the output: for example, if the image is too bright,
       increase the divisor.

       In keeping with (I believe) Fortran line-printer conventions, input lines beginning with a +  (plus)  character
       are assumed to 'overstrike' the previous line, allowing a larger range of gray values.

       If you're looking for something that creates an image of text, with that text specified in ASCII, that is some-
       thing quite different.  Use pbmtext for that.

       pbmtoascii(1), pbmtext(1), pgm(1)

       Wilson H. Bent. Jr. (

netpbm documentation           05 September 2003     Asciitopgm User Manual(0)