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tiff2pdf (1)


tiff2pdf - convert a TIFF image to a PDF document


tiff2pdf [ options ] input.tiff


TIFF2PDF(1)                 General Commands Manual                TIFF2PDF(1)

       tiff2pdf - convert a TIFF image to a PDF document

       tiff2pdf [ options ] input.tiff

       tiff2pdf  opens a TIFF image and writes a PDF document to standard out-

       The program converts one TIFF file to one PDF file, including  multiple
       page  TIFF  files,  tiled  TIFF  files, black and white. grayscale, and
       color TIFF files that contain data of TIFF photometric  interpretations
       of  bilevel,  grayscale, RGB, YCbCr, CMYK separation, and ICC L*a*b* as
       supported by libtiff and PDF.

       If you have multiple TIFF files to convert into one PDF file  then  use
       tiffcp  or  other program to concatenate the files into a multiple page
       TIFF file.  If the input TIFF file is of huge dimensions (greater  than
       10000  pixels  height or width) convert the input image to a tiled TIFF
       if it is not already.

       The standard output is standard output.  Set the output file name  with
       the -o output.pdf option.

       All  black  and white files are compressed into a single strip CCITT G4
       Fax compressed PDF, unless tiled, where tiled black  and  white  images
       are  compressed  into  tiled CCITT G4 Fax compressed PDF, libtiff CCITT
       support is assumed.

       Color and grayscale data can be compressed using either  JPEG  compres-
       sion, ITU-T T.81, or Zip/Deflate LZ77 compression.  Set the compression
       type using the -j or -z options.   JPEG  compression  support  requires
       that  libtiff be configured with JPEG support, and Zip/Deflate compres-
       sion support requires that libtiff be configured with Zip  support,  in
       tiffconf.h.  Use only one or the other of -j and -z.

       If  the input TIFF contains single strip CCITT G4 Fax compressed infor-
       mation, then that is written  to  the  PDF  file  without  transcoding,
       unless the options of no compression and no passthrough are set, -d and

       If the input TIFF contains JPEG or single strip Zip/Deflate  compressed
       information,  and  they are configured, then that is written to the PDF
       file without transcoding, unless the options of no compression  and  no
       passthrough are set.

       The default page size upon which the TIFF image is placed is determined
       by the resolution and extent of the image data.  Default values for the
       TIFF image resolution can be set using the -x and -y options.  The page
       size can be set using the -p option for paper size, or -w  and  -l  for
       paper width and length, then each page of the TIFF image is centered on
       its page.  The distance unit for default resolution and page width  and
       length can be set by the -u option, the default unit is inch.

       Various  items  of  the output document information can be set with the
       -e, -c, -a, -t, -s, and -k options.  Setting the argument of the option
       to  "" for these tags causes the relevant document information field to
       be not written.  Some of the document information values otherwise  get
       their information from the input TIFF image, the software, author, doc-
       ument name, and image description.

       The Portable Document Format  (PDF)  specification  is  copyrighted  by
       Adobe Systems, Incorporated.

       -o output-file
              Set the output to go to file.  output-file

       -j     Compress with JPEG (requires libjpeg configured with libtiff).

       -z     Compress   with   Zip/Deflate  (requires  zlib  configured  with

       -q quality
              Set the compression quality, 1-100 for JPEG.

       -n     Do not allow data to be converted without uncompressing, no com-
              pressed data passthrough.

       -b     Set PDF ``Interpolate'' user preference.

       -d     Do not compress (decompress).

       -i     Invert colors.

       -p paper-size
              Set paper size, e.g., letter, legal, A4.

       -F     Cause the tiff to fill the PDF page.

       -u [i|m]
              Set distance unit, i for inch, m for centimeter.

       -w width
              Set width in units.

       -l length
              Set length in units.

       -x xres
              Set x/width resolution default.

       -y yres
              Set y/length resolution default.

       -r [d|o]
              Set  d  for  resolution default for images without resolution, o
              for resolution override for all images.

       -f     Set PDF ``Fit Window'' user preference.

              Set  document  information  date,  overrides  image  or  current
              date/time default, YYYYMMDDHHMMSS.

       -c creator
              Set  document  information  creator,  overrides  image  software

       -a author
              Set document information author, overrides image artist default.

       -t title
              Set document information title, overrides  image  document  name

       -s subject
              Set document information subject, overrides image image descrip-
              tion default.

       -k keywords
              Set document information keywords.

       -m size
              Set memory allocation limit (in MiB). Default is 256MiB. Set  to
              0 to disable the limit.

       -h     List usage reminder to stderr and exit.

       The   following   example  would  generate  the  file  output.pdf  from
              tiff2pdf -o output.pdf input.tiff

       The following example would generate PDF  output  from  input.tiff  and
       write it to standard output.
              tiff2pdf input.tiff

       The   following   example  would  generate  the  file  output.pdf  from
       input.tiff, putting the image pages on a letter sized page, compressing
       the output with JPEG, with JPEG quality 75, setting the title to ``Doc-
       ument'', and setting the ``Fit Window'' option.
              tiff2pdf -p letter -j -q 75 -t "Document" -f -o output.pdf input.tiff

       Please report bugs via the web interface at


       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |Availability   | image/library/libtiff |
       |Stability      | Volatile              |

       libtiff(3), tiffcp(1), tiff2ps(1)

       Libtiff library home page: http://www.simplesystems.org/libtiff/

       Source code for open source software components in Oracle  Solaris  can
       be found at https://www.oracle.com/downloads/opensource/solaris-source-

       This    software    was    built    from    source     available     at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.    The  original  community
       source        was         downloaded         from          http://down-

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at http://www.simplesystems.org/libtiff/.

libtiff                         April 20, 2006                     TIFF2PDF(1)