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       pnmtopng - convert a PNM image to PNG

       pnmtopng   [-verbose]   [-downscale]  [-interlace]  [-alpha=file]  [-transparent=[=]color]  [-background=color]
       [-palette=palettefile] [-gamma=value] [-hist] [-text=file] [-ztxt=file] [-rgb='wx wy
         rx ry gx gy bx by'] [-size='x y unit'] [-modtime='[yy]yy-mm-dd
         hh:mm:ss'] [-nofilter]  [-sub]  [-up]  [-avg]  [-paeth]  [-compression=n]  [-comp_mem_level=n]  [-comp_strat-
       egy={huffman_only|filtered}]   [-comp_method=deflated]   [-comp_window_bits=n]  [-comp_buffer_size=n]  [-force]
       [-libversion] [pnmfile]

       Obsolete options:

       [-filter n]

       Options available only in older versions:

       [-chroma wx wy rx ry gx gy bx by] [-phys x y unit] [-time [yy]yy-mm-dd

       Minimum unique abbreviation of option is acceptable.  You may use double hyphens instead of  single  hyphen  to
       denote options.  You may use white space in place of the equals sign to separate an option name from its value.

       This program is part of Netpbm(1).

       pnmtopng reads a PNM image as input and produces a PNG image as output.

       Color component values in PNG files are either eight or sixteen bits wide, so pnmtopng will automatically scale
       colors to have a maxval of 255 or 65535.

       For  a  grayscale  image, pnmtopng produces a PNG bit depth 1, 2, 4, 8 or 16.  When the input image has a small
       maxval, the output PNG image has a correspondingly small bit depth.  But in mapping the PNM maxval to  the  PNG
       maxval  (which is by definition the maximum value that can be represented in the number of bits), a fair amount
       of distortion happens with these low maxvals.  For example, with a PNM maxval of 5 and a PNG maxval of  7,  the
       input  sample 2 becomes the output sample 3.  The input brightness is 2/5 = .40, while the output brightness is
       3/7 = .43.  Note that this is not a problem if you view the maxval as a precision, because in .4  and  .43  are
       identical  within  the  precision implied by maxval 5.  Indeed, if you convert this PNG back to a maxval 5 PGM,
       the pixel's value will again be 2, exactly as it was originally.  But if you need precisely the same colors  in
       the  output  PNG  as in the input PNM, make sure your input PNM has a maxval which is a power of two minus one.
       If you can't do that, then convert it with pamdepth to something with a large maxval that is  a  power  of  two
       minus one (255 and 65535 are good choices) to minimize the error.

       pnmtopng  changed  in Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005) to use the standard Netpbm command line syntax.  Before that,
       you could not use double hyphens to denote an option and could not use an equal sign to separate an option name
       from its value.  And the options had to come before the non-option program arguments.

       Furthermore,  the  options  -chroma,  -phys, and -time were replaced by -rgb, size, and -modtime, respectively.
       The only difference, taking -phys/-size as an example, is that -phys takes multiple program  arguments  as  the
       option  argument,  whereas -rgb takes a single program argument which is composed of multiple words.  E.g.  The
       old shell command

          pnmtopng -phys 800 800 0 input.pnm >output.png

       is equivalent to the new shell command

          pnmtopng -size '800 800 0' input.pnm >output.png

       If you're writing a program that needs to work with both new and old pnmtopng, have it first try with  the  new
       syntax, and if it fails with 'unrecognized option,' fall back to the old syntax.

                   Display the format of the output file.

                   Enables scaling of maxvalues of more then 65535 to 16 bit. Since
                   this means loss of image data, pnmtopng does not do it by
                   default..TP -interlace
                   Creates an interlaced PNG file (Adam7).

               This  specifies the transparency (alpha channel) of the image.  You supply the alpha channel as a stan-
              dard PGM alpha mask (see the PGM(1)specification.pnmtopngdoesnot necessarily represents the transparency
              information  as  an  alpha  channel in the PNG format.  If it can represent the transparency information
              through a palette, it will do so in order to make a smaller PNG file.  pnmtopng even sorts  the  palette
              so  it  can  omit  the  opaque  colors  from the transparency part of the palette and save space for the

              pnmtopng marks the specified color as transparent in the PNG image.

              Specify the color (color) as described for the argument of the ppm_parsecolor() library routine .   E.g.
              red or rgb:ff/00/0d.  If the color you specify is not present in the image, pnmtopng selects instead the
              color in the image that is closest to the one you specify.  Closeness is measured as  a  cartesian  dis-
              tance  between  colors  in  RGB space.  If multiple colors are equidistant, pnmtopng chooses one of them

              However, if you prefix your color specification with '=', e.g.

                                  -transparent =red

               only the exact color you specify will be transparent.  If that color does  not  appear  in  the  image,
              there will be no transparency.  pnmtopng issues an information message when this is the case.

              Causes  pnmtopng  to  create a background color chunk in the PNG output which can be used for subsequent
              alpha channel or transparent color conversions.  Specify color the same as for -transparent.

              This option specifies a palette to use in the PNG.  It forces pnmtopng  to  create  the  paletted  (col-
              ormapped)  variety of PNG -- if that isn't possible, pnmtopng fails.  If the palette you specify doesn't
              contain exactly the colors in the image, pnmtopng fails.  Since pnmtopng will automatically  generate  a
              paletted  PNG,  with a correct palette, when appropriate, the only reason you would specify the -palette
              option is if you care in what order the colors appear in the palette.  The PNG palette has colors in the
              same order as the palette you specify.

              You specify the palette by naming a PPM file that has one pixel for each color in the palette.

              Alternatively,  consider  the  case that have a palette and you want to make sure your PNG contains only
              colors from the palette, approximating if necessary.  You don't care what indexes the  PNG  uses  inter-
              nally  for the colors (i.e. the order of the PNG palette).  In this case, you don't need -palette.  Pass
              the Netpbm input image and your palette PPM through pnmremap.  Though you might think  it  would,  using
              -palette in this case wouldn't even save pnmtopng any work.

              Causes pnmtopng to create a gAMA chunk.  This information helps describe how the color values in the PNG
              must be interpreted.  Without the gAMA chunk, whatever interprets the PNG must get this information sep-
              arately (or just assume something standard).  If your input is a true PPM or PGM image, you should spec-
              ify -gamma=.45.  But sometimes people generate images which are ostensibly PPM except the image  uses  a
              different  gamma  transfer  function  than the one specified for PPM.  A common case of this is when the
              image is created by simple hardware that doesn't have digital computational ability.  Also, some  simple
              programs  that generate images from scratch do it with a gamma transfer in which the gamma value is 1.0.

       -hist  Use this parameter to create a chunk that specifies the frequency (or histogram) of the  colors  in  the

              This  option  specifies how red, green, and blue component values of a pixel specify a particular color,
              by telling the chromaticities of those 3 primary illuminants and of white (i.e.  full  strength  of  all

              The chroma_list value is a blank-separated list of 8 floating point decimal numbers.  The CIE-1931 X and
              Y chromaticities (in that order) of each of white, red, green, and blue, in that order.

              This information goes into the PNG's cHRM chunk.

              In a shell command, make sure you use quotation marks so that the blanks in chroma_list don't  make  the
              shell see multiple command arguments.

              This  option  was  new  in  Netpbm  10.30 (October 2005).  Before that, the option -chroma does the same
              thing, but with slightly different syntax.

       -size='x y unit'
              This option determines the aspect ratio of the individual pixels of your image as well as  the  physical
              resolution of it.

              unit  is either 0 or 1.  When it is 1, the option specifies the physical resolution of the image in pix-
              els per meter.  For example, -size='10000 15000 1' means that when someone displays the image, he should
              make it so that 10,000 pixels horizontally occupy 1 meter and 15,000 pixels vertically occupy one meter.
              And even if he doesn't take this advice on the overall size of the displayed image, he should  at  least
              make it so that each pixel displays as 1.5 times as high as wide.

              When  unit is 0, that means there is no advice on the absolute physical resolution; just on the ratio of
              horizontal to vertical physical resolution.

              This information goes into the PNG's pHYS chunk.

              When you don't specify -size, pnmtopng creates the image with no pHYS chunk, which means  square  pixels
              of no absolute resolution.

              This  option was new in Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005).  Before that, the option -phys does the same thing,
              but with slightly different syntax.

              This option lets you include comments in the text chunk of the PNG output.  file is the name of  a  file
              that contains your text comments.

              Here is an example of a comment file:
                         Title           PNG file

                         Author          Bryan Henderson

                         Description     how to include a text chunk
                                         PNG file
                         "Creation date" 3-feb-1987

                         Software        pnmtopng

              The  format of the file is as follows:  The file is divided into lines, delimited by newline characters.
              The last line need not end with a newline character.  A group of consecutive lines represents a comment.

              A "delimiter character" is a blank or tab or null character.  The first line representing a comment must
              not start with a delimiter character.  Every other line in the group is a "continuation line"  and  must
              start with a delimiter character.

              The  first  line  representing  a comment consists of a keyword and the first line of comment text.  The
              keyword begins in Column 1 of the file line and continues up to, but not including, the first  delimiter
              character, or the end of the line, whichever is first.  Exception: you can enclose the keyword in double
              quotes and spaces and tabs within the double quotes are part of the keyword.  The quotes are not part of
              the keyword.  A NUL character is not allowed in a keyword.

              The  first line of the comment text is all the text in the file line beginning after the keyword and any
              delimiter characters after it.  immediately after the delimiter character that marks the end of the key-

              A  continuation  line defines a subsequent line of the comment.  The comment line is all the text on the
              continuation line starting with the first non-delimiter character.

              There is one newline character between every two comment lines.  There is no newline character after the
              last line of comment text.

              There  is  no limit on the length of a file line or keyword or comment text line or comment text.  There
              is no limit on the number of comments or size of or number of lines in the file.

              The same as -text, except pnmtopng considers the text compressed.

       -modtime='[yy]yy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss'
              This option allows you to specify the modification time value to be placed in the PNG output.   You  can
              specify the year parameter either as a two digit or four digit value.

              This  option was new in Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005).  Before that, the option -time does the same thing,
              but with slightly different syntax.

              This option is obsolete.  Before Netpbm 10.22 (April 2004), this was the only way to specify a row  fil-
              ter.  It specifies a single type of row filter, by number, that pnmtopng must use on each row.

              Use -nofilter, -sub, -up, -avg, and -paeth in current Netpbm.





       -paeth Each of these options permits pnmtopng to use one type of row filter.  pnmtopng chooses whichever of the
              permitted filters it finds to be optimal.  If you specify none of these options, it is the same as spec-
              ifying all of them -- pnmtopng uses any row filter type it finds optimal.

              These options were new with Netpbm 10.22 (April 2004).  Before that, you could use the -filter option to
              specify one permitted row filter type.  The default, when you specify no filter options, was the same.

              This option sets set the compression level of the zlib compression.  Select a level from 0 for  no  com-
              pression (maximum speed) to 9 for maximum compression (minimum speed).

              This option sets the memory usage level of the zlib compression.  Select a level from 1 for minimum mem-
              ory usage (and minimum speed) to 9 for maximum memory usage (and speed).

              This option was new in Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005).

              This options sets the compression strategy of the zlib compression.  See Zlib documentation for informa-
              tion on what these strategies are.

              This option was new in Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005).

              This option does nothing.  It is here for mathematical completeness and for possible forward compatibil-
              ity.  It theoretically selects the compression method of the zlib compression, but the Z  library  knows
              only one method today, so there's nothing to choose.

              This option was new in Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005).

              This  option  tells how big a window the zlib compression algorithm uses.  The value is the base 2 loga-
              rithm of the window size in bytes, so 8 means 256 bytes.  The value must be from 8 to 15 (i.e. 256 bytes
              to 32K).

              See Zlib documentation for details on what this window size is.

              This option was new in Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005).

              This  option  determines  in  what size pieces pnmtopng does the zlib compression.  One compressed piece
              goes in each IDAT chunk in the PNG.  So the bigger this value, the fewer IDAT chunks your PNG will have.
              Theoretically,  this  makes the PNG smaller because 1) you have less per-IDAT-chunk overhead, and 2) the
              compression algorithm has more data to work with.  But in reality, the difference will probably  not  be
              noticeable above about 8K, which is the default.

              The value n is the size of the compressed piece (i.e. the compression buffer) in bytes.

              This option was new in Netpbm 10.30 (October 2005).

       -force When you specify this, pnmtopng limits its optimizations.  The resulting PNG output is as similar to the
              Netpbm input as possible.  For example, the PNG output will not be paletted and the alpha  channel  will
              be represented as a full alpha channel even if the information could be represented more succinctly with
              a transparency chunk.

              This option causes pnmtopng to display version information about itself and the libraries  it  uses,  in
              addition  to all its normal function.  Do not confuse this with the Netpbm common option -version, which
              causes the program to display version information about the Netpbm library and do nothing else.

              You can't really use this option in a program that invokes pnmtopng and needs to know which  version  it
              is.   Its function has changed too much over the history of pnmtopng.  The option is only good for human

       pngtopam(1), pamrgbatopng(1), pnmremap(1), pnmgamma(1), pnm(1)

       For information on the PNG format, see .

       Copyright (C) 1995-1997 by Alexander Lehmann and Willem van Schaik.

netpbm documentation               July 2008           Pnmtopng User Manual(0)