pamtopnm - convert PAM image to PBM, PGM, or PPM
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This program is part of Netpbm(1).
pamtopnm reads a PAM image as input and produces an equivalent PBM, PGM, or PPM (i.e. PNM) image, whichever is most appropriate, as output.
pamtopnm assumes the PAM image represents the information required for a PBM, PGM, or PPM image if its tuple type is 'BLACKANDWHITE', 'GRAYSCALE', or 'RGB' and its depth and maxval are appropriate. If this is not the case, pamtopnm fails.
However, you can override the tuple type requirement with the -assume option.
As with any Netpbm program that reads PAM images, pamtopnm also reads PNM images as if they were PAM. In that case, pamtopnm's functions reduces to simply copying the input to the output. But this can be useful in a program that doesn't know whether its input is PAM or PNM but needs to feed it to a program that only recognizes PNM.
pamtopnm was new, along with the PAM format, in Netpbm 9.7 (August 2000).