Jung-Tsung Shen jushen at gmail.com
Sun Sep 11 13:59:59 CEST 2005

Sorry to wake up this old thread. I learn just now that there is a new
Perl script, a2ping, seems to be able to perform the same task, i.e.,
convert from PDF -> EPS, and more:


>From the website, it says:

a2ping is a UNIX command line utility written  in  Perl  that  converts  many
  raster  image  and  vector  graphics  formats  to  EPS  or PDF and other page
  description formats. Accepted input file formats are: PS  (PostScript),  EPS,
  PDF, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, PNM, BMP, GIF, LBM, XPM, PCX, TGA. Accepted output 
  formats are: EPS, PCL5, PDF, PDF1, PBM, PGM, PPM, PS, markedEPS, markedPS,  
  PNG, XWD,  BMP,  TIFF,  JPEG,  GIF,  XPM.   a2ping delegates the low-level 
  work to Ghostscript (GS), pdftops and sam2p. a2ping fixes many  glitches  
  during the EPS to EPS conversion, so its output is often more compatible 
  and better embeddable than its input.



On 8/5/05, Jung-Tsung Shen <jushen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Just want to follow up my previous question. I adopted Siep
> Kroonenberg's suggestion and installed the xpdf suite. There's a
> pointer to the Mac OS X .pkg disk image file at the XPDF website
> download section; alternatively, here's the direct link:
> http://users.phg-online.de/tk/MOSXS
> It comes with a nice installer.
> After installation, you type the following command in terminal
> pdftops -eps myfile.pdf
> then it generates a myfile.eps in the same directory. The conversion
> is done in a very fast manner -- actually the first time I tried it, I
> wouldn't even notice that it took any split of second to do the job
> [admittedly my test file was very small].
> The output is excellent. The only pity is that, it seems there's no
> way to add preview picture, but I am not complaining. :-)
> JT
>   > Another option is pdftops from the xpdf suite, with options '-eps'
> > and '-paper match' but I don't know whether there exists a
> > conveniently packaged version of the xpdf suite.
> >
> > --
> > Siep Kroonenberg
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