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command-line tools for extracting data for XCF files
This is a set of fast command-line tools for extracting information
from the Gimp's native file format XCF.
The tools are designed to allow efficient use of layered XCF files as
sources in a build system that use 'make' and similar tools to manage
automatic processing of the graphics.
These tools work independently of the Gimp engine and do not require
the Gimp to even be installed.
"xcf2pnm" converts XCF files to ppm, pgm or pbm format, flattening
layers if necessary.
If the image contains transparency, an alpha map can be written to a
separate file, or a background color can be specified on the command
"xcf2png" converts XCF files to PNG format, flattening layers if
Transparency information can be kept in the image, or a background
color can be specified on the command line.
"xcfinfo" lists information about layers in an XCF file.
"xcfview" is a wrapper script that flattens an XCF image and displays
it using an external PNG/PPM viewer.
To use this script, you must make sure also to install an appropriate
external viewer, as well as the mime-support package which provides the
mailcap database.
The tools can either flatten an XCF file as given, or extract
specific layers named on the command line.
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