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Pamstack User Manual(0)                                Pamstack User Manual(0)

       pamstack - stack planes of multiple PAM images into one PAM image

       pamstack [-tupletype tupletype] [inputfilespec ...]

       All options may be abbreviated to the shortest unique prefix.  You may use two hyphens instead of one.  You may
       separate an option from its value with a space instead of =.

       This program is part of Netpbm(1).

       pamstack reads multiple PAM or PNM images as input and produces a PAM image as output, consisting  of  all  the
       planes (channels) of the inputs, stacked in the order specified.

       For  any  one (but not more) of the input files, you may specify '-' to mean Standard Input.  If you specify no
       arguments at all, the input is one file: Standard Input.

       The output is the same dimensions as the inputs, except that the depth is the sum of the depths of the  inputs.
       It  has  the  same  maxval.   pamstack fails if the inputs are not all the same width, height, and maxval.  The
       tuple type is a null string unless you specify the -tupletype option.

       pamstack works with multi-image streams.  It stacks the 1st image in all the streams into one output image (the
       first  one in the output stream), then stacks the 2nd image in all the streams into the 2nd image in the output
       stream, and so on, until one of the streams runs dry.  It's like a matrix operation.

       Before Netpbm 10.32 (February 2006), pamstack ignored all but the first image in each input stream.

       pamchannel does the opposite of pamstack:  It extracts individual planes from a single PAM.

       Use pamtopnm(1)toconvertasuitablePAM image to a more traditional PNM (PBM, PGM, or PPM) image.  (But there's no
       need  to  do  that  if  you're  going to feed it to a modern Netpbm program -- they all take suitable PAM input

       One example of using pamstack is that some Netpbm programs accept as input a PAM that represents graphic  image
       with  transparency  information.   Taking  a  color  image  for  example,  this  would be a PAM with tuple type
       "RGB_ALPHA".  In Netpbm, such images were traditionally represented as two images - a PPM for the color  and  a
       PGM  for the transparency.  To convert a PPM/PGM pair into PAM(RGB_ALPHA) input that newer programs require, do
       something like this:

       $ pamstack -tupletype=RGB_ALPHA myimage.ppm myalpha.pgm | \
             pamtouil >myimage.uil

       -tupletype tupletype
              This specifies the tuple type name to be recorded in the output.  You may use any string up to 255 char-
              acters.   Some  programs  recognize some names.  If you omit this option, the default tuple type name is

       pam(1) pamchannel(1)

       pamstack was new in Netpbm 10.0 (June 2002).

netpbm documentation            10 January 2006        Pamstack User Manual(0)