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PS2ASCII(1)                    Ghostscript Tools                   PS2ASCII(1)



NAME
       ps2ascii - Ghostscript translator from PostScript or PDF to ASCII

SYNOPSIS
       ps2ascii [ input.ps [ output.txt ] ]
       ps2ascii input.pdf [ output.txt ]

DESCRIPTION
       ps2ascii uses gs(1) to extract ASCII text from PostScript(tm) or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. If
       no files are specified on the command line, gs reads from standard input; but  PDF  input  must  come  from  an
       explicitly-named  file, not standard input.  If no output file is specified, the ASCII text is written to stan-
       dard output.

       ps2ascii doesn't look at font encoding, and isn't very good at dealing with kerning, so for PostScript (but not
       currently PDF), you might consider pstotext (see below).

FILES
       Run  "gs  -h"  to  find  the  location of Ghostscript documentation on your system, from which you can get more
       details.

SEE ALSO
       pstotext(1), http://www.research.digital.com/SRC/virtualpaper/pstotext.html

VERSION
       This document was last revised for Ghostscript version 8.70.

AUTHOR
       Artifex Software, Inc. are the primary maintainers of Ghostscript.  David M. Jones <dmjonesATtheory.edu>
       made substantial improvements to ps2ascii.



8.70                             31 July 2009                      PS2ASCII(1)