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Some common graphics conversions


There are 100s of graphics file formats around. See our Some Common Graphics File Formats page for a list of just a few.

You may need to convert a file that you have into a different format. For example

The first piece of advice is to try to avoid converting. Go back to the program you used to produce the graphics in the first place and see if there's a Save As ... or Export facility. Sometimes choosing Print to file gives the options you want.

Image conversion/manipulation programs

The next easiest solution is to find a dedicated conversion program that has dozens of input and output options. Examples include

Some programs designed for image manipulation also have extensive input and output options. Examples include

Abode Distiller produces PDF files from various formats, including TIFF, GIF, and Postscript.

Many Postscript-related programs (especially free/shareware ones) are often based on ghostscript (gs) which as well as being able to read and display Postscript files can also convert them into dozens of other formats. Type gs -h on the teaching system for details of supported output formats (which gs calls "devices").

Command-line CUED programs

We have provided special conversion programs to deal with common conversion tasks or formats which only CUED use. Details of use are on the manual pages - e.g. typing man fig2dev tells you about the fig2dev program.

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Information provided by Tim Love (tpl)
Last updated: August 2006