The PosteRazor cuts a raster image into pieces which can afterwards be printed out and assembled to a poster.
As input, the PosteRazor takes a raster image. The resulting poster is saved as a multipage PDF document. You are guided through 5 steps by an easy to use, wizard like user interface.
Here are some key features of "PosteRazor":
· Input image formats. All image formats that FreeImage can read should be usable as input for the PosteRazor: BMP, DDS, Dr. Halo, GIF, ICO, IFF, JBIG, JPEG/JIF, KOALA, LBM, Kodak PhotoCD, PCX, PBM, PGM, PNG, PPM, PhotoShop PSD, Sun RAS, TARGA, TIFF, WBMP, XBM, XPM
· Image types. PosteRazor can handle the following image color types: Monochrome, Grayscale, 4 Bit palette, 8 Bit palette, 24 Bit RGB, 48 Bit RGB (only via TIFF and PNG), 32 Bit CMYK (only via TIFF) 32 Bit RGBA images can be loaded, but are transformed to 24 Bit RGB by "merging" them with a white background.
· Dimension Units. Because people around the world invented so many different dimension units, PosteRazor supports quite a few: m, mm, cm, inch, ft, pt(72th inch)
· Printer page layout. The page size and orientation of the printer where the poster will be printed can be set manually or selected one from the following list of predefined formats: DIN A4, DIN A3, Legal, Letter, Tabloid
· The size limit for one page is 5 meters (16.4 feet), which is the maximum that PDF allows.
· Poster size. The size of the final poster can be set one of these three ways.
· Absolute image size: You want to have a specific size of your poster.
· Size in Pages: You want to use whole paper sheets and specify how many of them of them you want to use.
· Image Size in percent: Your input image has a certain size which is defined by the number of pixels and dpi (dots per Inch) and your want to scale the image by a certain factor.
· The final size of the poster is theoretically unlimited. Let's say it this way: it is less limited that the ink of your printer ;)
· It is possible to select the alignment of the image on the total paper. This is useful if you want to keep the unused paper.
· Image tile overlapping. For a bigger tolerance when cutting spare paper borders and for easier pasting, an overlapping width and height of an image tile over the next can be set.
· PDF output. The PDF output is implemented with the maximum image quality and a good compression in mind. A source image is embedded once in the PDF document and referenced from every tile page. Image color types remain unchanged. As compression method, the PDF "FlateDecode filter" (zip) is used. If a Jpeg image is used as input it gets directly embedded into the document without recompression. The PDF version is 1.4, so any Acrobat Reader version 4 and higher should be able to read the resulting document.
· Missing features: Cut lines/aids; Support of Jpeg-CMYK images; Support of 16 Bit Grayscale images; Embedding an ICC profile into the PDF if there is one embedded in the input image
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Added: Simplified Chinese translation by Sun Li
· Added: Finnish translation by Olli
· Added: Real ARGB support for PDF export
· Fixed: Grayscale/CMYK JPEG correctly exported to PDF
· Changed: Using Trolltech Qt 4.4.2 (Instead of FLTK)
· Changed: The OpenGL preview option is not needed, anymore. Smooth preview also for Linux.
· Changed: Polish translation also on OSX and Linux
· Changed: Upgraded FreeImage to version 3.11