1. NAME

pdftops - Portable Document Format (PDF) to PostScript converter (version 3.00)

2. SYNOPSIS

pdftops [options] <PDF-file> [<PS-file>]

3. DESCRIPTION

Pdftops converts Portable Document Format (PDF) files to PostScript so they can be printed.

Pdftops reads the PDF file, PDF-file , and writes a PostScript file, PS-file . If PS-file is not specified, pdftops converts file.pdf to file.ps (or file.eps with the -eps option). If PS-file is \'-', the PostScript is sent to stdout.

4. OPTIONS

  • -f number
        Specifies the first page to print.
  • -l number
        Specifies the last page to print.

-level1

    Generate Level 1 PostScript. The resulting PostScript files will be significantly larger (if they contain images), but will print on Level 1 printers. This also converts all images to black and white. No more than one of the PostScript level options (-level1, -level1sep, -level2, -level2sep, -level3, -level3Sep) may be given.

-level1sep

    Generate Level 1 separable PostScript. All colors are converted to CMYK. Images are written with separate stream data for the four components.

-level2

    Generate Level 2 PostScript. Level 2 supports color images and image compression. This is the default setting.

-level2sep

    Generate Level 2 separable PostScript. All colors are converted to CMYK. The PostScript separation convention operators are used to handle custom (spot) colors.

-level3

    Generate Level 3 PostScript. This enables all Level 2 features plus CID font embedding.

-level3Sep

    Generate Level 3 separable PostScript. The separation handling is the same as for -level2Sep.

-origpagesizes

    Generate a PostScript file with variable page sizes and orientations, taking for each page the size of the original page in the PDF file. The PostScript file contains "<</PageSize [WIDTH HEIGHT]>> setpagedevice" lines in each page header, so that the paper input tray gets correctly changed on the printer. This option should be used when pdftops is used as a print filter. Any specification of the page size via -paper, -paperw, or -paperh will get overridden as long as each page of the PDF file has a defined paper size. No more than one of the mode options (-origpagesizes, -eps, -form) may be given.

-eps

    Generate an Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file. An EPS file contains a single image, so if you use this option with a multi-page PDF file, you must use -f and -l to specify a single page. No more than one of the mode options (-origpagesizes, -eps, -form) may be given.

-form

    Generate a PostScript form which can be imported by software that understands forms. A form contains a single page, so if you use this option with a multi-page PDF file, you must use -f and -l to specify a single page. The -level1 option cannot be used with -form. No more than one of the mode options (-origpagesizes, -eps, -form) may be given.

-opi

    Generate OPI comments for all images and forms which have OPI information. (This option is only available if pdftops was compiled with OPI support.)

-noembt1

    By default, any Type 1 fonts which are embedded in the PDF file are copied into the PostScript file. This option causes pdftops to substitute base fonts instead. Embedded fonts make PostScript files larger, but may be necessary for readable output.

-noembtt

    By default, any TrueType fonts which are embedded in the PDF file are copied into the PostScript file. This option causes pdftops to substitute base fonts instead. Embedded fonts make PostScript files larger, but may be necessary for readable output. Also, some PostScript interpreters do not have TrueType rasterizers.

-noembcidps

    By default, any CID PostScript fonts which are embedded in the PDF file are copied into the PostScript file. This option disables that embedding. No attempt is made to substitute for non-embedded CID PostScript fonts.

-noembcidtt

    By default, any CID TrueType fonts which are embedded in the PDF file are copied into the PostScript file. This option disables that embedding. No attempt is made to substitute for non-embedded CID TrueType fonts.

-passfonts

    By default, references to non-embedded 8-bit fonts in the PDF file are substituted with the closest "Helvetica", "Times-Roman", or "Courier" font. This option passes references to non-embedded fonts through to the PostScript file.

-preload

    preload images and forms

  • -paper size
        Set the paper size to one of "letter", "legal", "A4", or "A3". This can also be set to "match", which will set the paper size to match the size specified in the PDF file. -origpagesizes overrides this setting if the PDF file has defined page sizes.
  • -paperw size
        Set the paper width, in points. -origpagesizes overrides this setting if the PDF file has defined page sizes.
  • -paperh size
        Set the paper height, in points. -origpagesizes overrides this setting if the PDF file has defined page sizes.

-nocrop

    By default, output is cropped to the CropBox specified in the PDF file. This option disables cropping.

-expand

    Expand PDF pages smaller than the paper to fill the paper. By default, these pages are not scaled.

-noshrink

    Don't scale PDF pages which are larger than the paper. By default, pages larger than the paper are shrunk to fit.

-nocenter

    By default, PDF pages smaller than the paper (after any scaling) are centered on the paper. This option causes them to be aligned to the lower-left corner of the paper instead.

-duplex

    Set the Duplex pagedevice entry in the PostScript file. This tells duplex-capable printers to enable duplexing.

  • -opw password
        Specify the owner password for the PDF file. Providing this will bypass all security restrictions.
  • -upw password
        Specify the user password for the PDF file.

-q

    Don't print any messages or errors.

-v

    Print copyright and version information.

-h

    Print usage information. ( -help and

--help are equivalent.)

5. EXIT CODES

The Xpdf tools use the following exit codes:

  • 0
        No error.
  • 1
        Error opening a PDF file.
  • 2
        Error opening an output file.
  • 3
        Error related to PDF permissions.
  • 99
        Other error.

6. AUTHOR

The pdftops software and documentation are copyright 1996-2004 Glyph & Cog, LLC.

7. SEE ALSO

R pdftotext (1),

R pdfinfo (1),

R pdffonts (1),

R pdftoppm (1),

R pdfimages (1),