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The tiffps program converts TIFF format files to PostScript format for printing on PostScript compatible printers. The converted TIFF files are written on standard output. tiffps could, for example, be used to print a document on the default printer using the following command:
tiffps file | lp
Note that the output of the tiffps command contains only ascii characters and therefore no special lp flags are needed to handle the output of tiffps (unlike tiffhp).
The standard preamble file (see below) is configured to print on letter-sized paper (8.5" x 11"). If you need to support legal (8.5" x 14") or other sizes please edit the preamble file (the comments inside the file indicate what needs to be changed).
-c copies Request the specified number of copies be printed.
-m length Set the longest page (in inches) that will be squeezed to fit on one page (default is set within the preamble file and is normally 14.5"). TIFF images longer than this value are split into multiple pages.
Replace the standard preamble with the file specified (must be in the preamble directory). Please refer to the standard preamble file for guidance on how to make changes to suit your printer and paper.
! Although tiffps uses a very fast and compact run-length compression algorithm, the generated PostScript files are still many times the size of the original TIFF file, usually between four and eight times as large. (This is still a fraction of the size they would be if uncompressed PostScript image data were generated.) Therefore running tiffps on a large TIFF file can create an extremely large PostScript file, one that may overflow the spool area.
The documentation on your UNIX/Linux line printer spooler command (called lp or lpr).
The PostScript Language Reference, Third Edition (available online at http://partners.adobe.com/asn/developer/technotes.html)
May 6, 2002 6:25 AM
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