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Re: [Groff] pic -> png/gif/jpeg?

From: James McCann
Subject: Re: [Groff] pic -> png/gif/jpeg?
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 09:59:48 -0800 (PST)

> Doesn't the GNU PlotUtils package include a utility 'pic2plot' which
> converts 'pic' to GIF, PNM, SVG (among others), without using 'groff', I
> haven't used the utility but I've used the library which is very nice.
I have worked with this package, though not pic2plot specifically.  I
will echo that the library is very nice.  Here is what the README of
plotutils says:

        pic2plot.  This is a utility program that takes a file in the pic
                language, and either translates it to another format or
                displays it on an X display.  The pic language, which was
                developed at Bell Laboratories, is used for creating
                box-and-arrow diagrams of the kind frequently found in
                technical papers and textbooks.  It was originally
                introduced as a feature of the Bell Labs `troff'
                text-processing software.

                You must request at installation time that pic2plot be
                built and installed, since it is not done automatically.
                (See ./INSTALL.pkg.)

                pic2plot is largely compatible with `gpic', the GNU
                implementation of the pic-to-troff translator.  However,
                since it is built on top of libplot, it supports some new
                features.  It supports all the output formats that libplot
                supports: X11, PNG, PNM, GIF, SVG, AI, PS, WebCGM, Fig,
                PCL, HP-GL, Tek, and Metafile.

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