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The tricky task of supporting Photo CDs on Linux

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.43.220.46] on January 07, 2008 05:20 AM
Xpcd may no longer compile, but the command-line utility pcdtoppm certainly does, and it can
still be used to convert PCD files.

However, using pcdtoppm on Felix's test image (BlownJohn.pcd) causes the blown out highlights,
and so its use may be problematic.

The latest netpbm no longer includes hpcdtoppm for the reasons cited in the article, but it can be
downloaded from the following link and compiled separately:

http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/apps/graphics/convert/

Using the patch mentioned in the article, hpcdtoppm converts Felix's test file without blowing out
the highlights.

I'll have to re-convert some of my old PCD disks that I still have using the patched hpcdtoppm.

Thanks for an informative article.

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