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ps2eps - calculate correct bounding boxes for PostScript and PDF files


ps2eps is a tool (written in Perl) to produce Encapsulated PostScript Files (EPS/EPSF) from usual one-paged Postscript documents. It calculates correct Bounding Boxes for those EPS files and filters some special postscript command sequences that can produce erroneous results on printers. EPS files are often needed for including (scalable) graphics of high quality into / (or even Word) documents. Included graphics can be clipped to their bounding box.

 Nowadays PDF is more widely used, but the original problems described below still exist: pdfcrop sometimes does not produce the correct bounding box. This program can be used together with pdfcrop in order to produce reliable bounding boxes for PDF files, too.

Other programs like ps2epsi do not calculate the bounding box always correctly (because the values are put on the postscript stack which may get corrupted by bad postscript code) or rounded it off so that clipping the EPS cut off some part of the image. ps2eps uses a double precision resolution of 144 dpi and appropriate rounding to get a proper bounding box. The internal bbox device of ghostscript generates different values (sometimes even incorrect), so using the provided bbox should be more robust. However, because normal clipping has only a resolution of 1/72dpi (postscript point), the clipping process may still erase parts of your EPS image. In this case please use the -l option to add an additional point of white space around the tight bounding box.


Please see documentation in the manpage or doc/ sub directory. Note that the manpage may have an older version number in it, which is nothing to worry about since there may have been minor changes incorporated into ps2eps not requiring any update of the documentation.


see doc/INSTALL.md


See the git repository: https://github.com/roland-bless/ps2eps

License (GNU GPL 2.0)

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA

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ps2eps – Produce Encapsulated PostScript from PostScript

Produce Encapsulated PostScript Files (EPS/EPSF) from a one-page PostScript document, or any PostScript document. A correct Bounding Box is calculated for the EPS files and some PostScript command sequences that can produce errorneous results on printers are filtered. The input is cropped to include just the image contained in the PostScript file. The EPS files can then be included into documents.

Other programs like ps2epsi (a script distributed with ghostscript) don’t always calculate the correct bounding box (because the values are put on the PostScript stack which may get corrupted by bad PostScript code) or they round it off, resulting in clipping the image. Therefore ps2eps uses a resolution of 144 dpi to get the correct bounding box. The bundle includes binaries for Linux, Solaris, Digital Unix or Windows 2000/9x/NT; for other platforms, the user needs perl, ghostscript and an ANSI-C compiler.

Included in the distribution is the bbox program, an application to produce Bounding Box values for rawppm or rawpbm format files.

LicensesGNU General Public License
Copyright1999–2020 Roland Bless
MaintainerRoland Bless
Contained inTeX Live as ps2eps
TopicsPS manipulation
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