[GRASS-user] editing grass postscript maps

Paul Kelly paul-grass at stjohnspoint.co.uk
Tue May 15 16:29:42 EDT 2007

On Tue, 15 May 2007, Dylan Beaudette wrote:

> how about concat-ing the figures into a single PS file, then converting to a
> PDF with 8 pages per sheet ?

psutils (http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~ajcd/psutils/index.html), in 
particular the psnup command, can do this to PostScript without any 
conversion - I've used it sucessfully many times, although the last was 
quite a few years ago now. Perhaps it is installed by default on Debian?

But I was assuming there'd be a need to put extra captions and stuff under 
the maps and re-arrange them on the page, which psnup won't do. I'd say 
definitely the Inkscape approach is the one to go with from this point of 
view; perhaps it's worth investigating in more depth what the problem with 
it is (e.g. look at the raw postscript text where the image is included or 
something - try it with images from the new GRASS postscript display 
driver and compare results or something) before spending a lot of time 
looking at alternative solutions?


> I know that many KDE apps can do this in the print options -- which probably
> just invoke gs with some magic incantations...
> cheers,
> dylan
> On Tuesday 15 May 2007 12:53, Tyler Smith wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm working on getting my GRASS maps ready for publication. I've
>> worked my way through ps.map successfully, with eight nice maps. I'd
>> like to make a single plate with all eight maps. I usually do my
>> graphics editing with Gimp or Inkscape. However, in Gimp the maps are
>> very grainy, which I imagine is a consequence of their being converted
>> from ps to bitmap format. When I try to open them in Inkscape the
>> vectors come out nice and clear, but the raster layers are completely
>> absent. I've tried opening them, importing them, and converting them
>> to svg manually using pstoedit, all with pretty much the same result.
>> My questions are:
>> Is there a way to make a multi-map plate directly in GRASS, or
>> What is the recommended way to manipulate the ps files outside of
>> GRASS to achieve this? I'm using Debian GNU/Linux, so have ready
>> access to lots of graphics programs, if anyone can recommend something
>> better than what I've tried.
>> Thanks,
>> Tyler
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> University of California at Davis
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