TEXTPS.EXE - Convert a plain-text file to PostScript. Author: Frank da Cruz, Columbia University Copyright (C) 1991, 1997, Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, all rights reserved. Acknowledgements to Bur Davis of Adobe Systems, Darryl Hankerson of Auburn University, and Jeffrey Altman of Columbia University. DESCRIPTION TEXTPS converts an ordinary plain-text file to PostScript, suitable for printing on a PostScript printer such as the Apple Laserwriter, or viewing with a PostScript previewer such as ghostscript, or NeXTSTEP Preview. TEXTPS reads the plain text file from standard input and writes the PostScript file to standard output. Thus TEXTPS would normally be used with standard input/output file redirection, for example: textps < oofa.txt > lpt1 TEXTPS converts text files to Courier-11, 66 lines to the page, 80 characters to the line, with options to select different page sizes. It handles pagination, tabs, line wrap, overstruck characters (via backspace) and overstruck lines (via carriage return). TEXTPS absorbs ANSI escape sequences without printing them. If the input file is already PostScript, it is simply copied to the output without alteration. TEXTPS produces no special effects such as page headings, 2-up or 4-up printing, or rotation. Unlike most other "enscriptors", TEXTPS handles 8-bit character sets correctly. The default file character set in Microsoft Windows is CP437; in DOS or OS/2 it is the current code page; in NeXTSTEP it is the NeXT character set, and it is ISO 8859-1 Latin Alphabet 1 elsewhere. You can override the default character set with a command-line option. Shift-In/Shift-Out codes (Ctrl-N and Ctrl-O) within the text are also handled correctly, allowing for representation of 8-bit characters in the 7-bit environment, for example in e-mail. OPTIONS -h Displays a help message. -v Produces a page showing the textps program version number and the printer's PostScript version number. -l number Specifies the number of lines on a page. The default is 66. Use 70 for A4 paper. -w number Specifies the number of characters on line. The default is 80. -c Specifies the file's character set. The choices are apple (Apple QuickDraw), cp437 (IBM code page 437), cp850 (IBM code page 850), decmcs (DEC multinational character set), latin1 (ISO Latin Alphabet 1), and next (the NeXT character set). The character set name can be abbreviated as long as you have given enough characters to distinguish it from the others. EXAMPLES textps < infile > outfile (file conversion) textps < infile | lpr (UNIX) textps -c cp850 < infile > prn (DOS or Windows) textps -v -c apple < infile | lpr (UNIX with character-set override) To use TEXTPS with Kermit 95, give its pathname and the device name of your PostScript printer in a SET PRINTER command; for example: set printer |d:\k95\textps.exe>lpt1 in which: | is the "pipe" sign d:\k95\textps.exe is the pathname of the TEXTPS program > is the output redirection sign lpt1 is the name of the printer Then all material that is routed to your printer by host-generated escape sequence (transparent print or autoprint) or by other events in the terminal Window (such as Kverbs like \kDump or \kPrintFF) will go through TEXTPS first for conversion to PostScript. Note: Spaces are not allowed in the Kermit 95 SET PRINTER "