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       xpaint - Simple Paint program


       xpaint [ -size WIDTHxHEIGHT ] [ -winsize WIDTHxHEIGHT ]
       [ -zoom VALUE ]  -8 | -12 | -24   [ -visual VISUAL ]  [ -dpi DPI ]
       [ -canvas ] [ -fullpopup ] [ -simplepopup ] [ -nomenubar ]
       [ -screenshot ] [ -nowarn ] [ -astext ] [ -undosize VALUE ]
       [ -operation NUMBER ] [ -filter FILE ] [ -proc FILE ]
       [ -rcfile FILE ] [ -msgfile FILE ] [ -helpfile FILE ] [ -sharedir DIR ]
       [ -encoding 0/8/16 ] [ -menufont FONT ] [ -textfont FONT ]
       [ -lang LANGUAGE ] [ -twistcolor VALUE ] [ -hilitcolor VALUE ]
       [ /o ] [ /c ] [ /l ] FILENAMES ...


       XPaint is a color image editing tool which features most standard paint
       program options, as well as advanced features such as image  processing
       algorithms.    It   allows   for   the   editing   of  multiple  images
       simultaneously and supports various formats, including PPM, XBM,  TIFF,
       JPEG, etc.

       The  functionality  of  XPaint  is  divided  into  a  toolbox  area for
       selecting  the  current  paint  operation   and   paint   windows   for
       modifying/creating  images.   Each  paint  window has access to its own
       color palette and set of patterns, although the paint operation in  use
       is globally selected for all windows.

       XPaint  runs  on a variety of displays.  It should be noted that saving
       images will adapt them to the current display type (i.e. a color  image
       loaded on a greyscale screen will be saved as a grey image).

       There is also an extensive on-line help system available.


       By  default  all  images  given  on  the command line are listed in the
       browser of preselected files, but only the first one will be displayed.
       The  /o  switch  (resp.  /c, /l) indicates that the next images will be
       opened in a graphical canvas  (resp.  in  the  clipboard,  resp.  again
       listed in the file browser).

       In addition to being able to specify image files to open, the following
       options are available on the command line:

            -size wxh Default width and height  for  new  paint  canvas  being

            -winsize wxh
                      Default  width  and  height  for new canvas window being

            -zoom z   Default zoom value of image being opened. Reduction  can
                      be  obtained  by  specifying  for example :3 or -3 which
                      yields reduction factor 1/3.  Only non zero integers and
                      inverses of integers are allowed.

            -8        Use an 8 bit PseudoColor visual.

            -12       Use a 12 bit PseudoColor visual.

            -24       Use a 24 bit TrueColor visual.

            -visual VISUAL
                      Use  VISUAL  instead of the default visual. See also the
                      section VISUAL FORMAT below for  the  list  of  possible
                      visual types.

            -dpi DPI  Use  DPI  as  dpi (dot per inch) value for vector format
                      images such as PS, PDF, SVG, and TeX,  LaTeX  documents.
                      Default  is  300.  The  option  has no effect for bitmap

            -lang LANGUAGE
                      Use LANGUAGE instead of the default language set by  the

            -encoding 0/8/16
                      Use  UTF8, or one of the usual earliers 8bit locales (or
                      one of the rare 16bit locales). Default is 0, i.e. UTF8.

            -menufont FONT
                      Use FONT in the menu fonts.  This  should  be  specified
                      according  to  the  fontconfig  library  specifications.
                      Default is Liberation-10:matrix=0.85 0 0 0.9 ,  that  is
                      Liberation font with a suitable matrix scaling.

            -textfont FONT
                      Use  FONT as default text font. This should be specified
                      according  to  the  fontconfig  library  specifications.
                      Default is Times-18 , that is Times at 18pt.

            -twistcolor VALUE
                      Use  an  hexadecimal  color  value  #PQRSTU  in order to
                      indicate insensitive items in the menus through a  color
                      twist  -  if  #  is  replaced  with  |  (resp. &, ^) the
                      resulting value  is  an  OR  (resp.  AND,  XOR)  of  the
                      specified normal color with the given hexadecimal value.
                      When #PQRSTU is replaced  by  ~PQ,  the  option  sets  a
                      transparency level instead.

            -hilitcolor VALUE
                      Use  VALUE  to  modify  background  color  for hilighted
                      items. Use an hexadecimal value #PQRSTU which is  either
                      close to #000000 or close to #ffffff for best results.

            -sharedir DIR
                      Use  DIR  instead  of  the default share directory (e.g.

            -rcfile FILE
                      Load FILE instead of the default RC  file  specified  at
                      compile time. See also the section RC FILE FORMAT below.

            -msgfile FILE
                      Load  FILE instead of the default message file specified
                      in the app-defaults file  (if  any).  The  directory  is
                      relative to the share directory, unless FILE starts with
                      a slash or a dot character.

            -helpfile FILE
                      Load FILE instead of the default help file specified  in
                      the   app-defaults  file  (if  any).  The  directory  is
                      relative to the share directory, unless FILE starts with
                      a slash or a dot character.

            -canvas   Popup an empty canvas on startup.

                      This  controls  whether  the floating canvas popup shows
                      the whole menu from the canvas menubar.

                      This controls whether the  floating  canvas  popup  just
                      shows the edit commands.

                      Do not show menu bar on top of canvas windows.

                      Operate xpaint in screenshot mode from start-up.

            -operation  NUMBER
                      Start with operation <NUMBER> set in tool panel.

            -undosize  NUMBER
                      Set  undo  memory limit to <NUMBER> (default is 1 - only
                      one undo !)

            -filter  FILE
                      Define filter at start-up by using <FILE> as C-script.

            -proc  FILE
                      Define and execute procedure at start-up by using <FILE>
                      as C-script.

            -nowarn   Do  not  emit  warnings  about possible data loss due to
                      different depth of display and image.

            -astext   Try to load  as  text  those  files  which  fail  to  be
                      detected as a proper image format.

            -help     Give a summary of the available options.


       The toolbox window is displayed when XPaint is started.  The toolbox is
       used to select an operation which can then be applied to any image area
       presented  (painting  window,  fat  bits,  pattern  editor, etc.).  The
       window has a selection of painting operations (as  icons)  and  several
       pull down menus.


       The  painting  window  holds  a  canvas area for painting the displayed
       image, menus for performing operations on this image, and  primary  and
       secondary  color/pattern  palettes  along  with  buttons  for adding to


       The display visual to use may be specified using  the  -visual  option.
       Choices  for  the  argument  are:  TrueColor, PseudoColor, DirectColor,
       StaticColor, StaticGray, GrayScale, or the decimal visual number  (from
       xdpyinfo).  Examples:

            -visual TrueColor

            -visual GrayScale

            -visual PseudoColor

            -visual 47

       Alternatively,  -8,  -12,  and  -24  are also acceptable for specifying
       pseudo8, pseudo12, and truecolor24 respectively.


       The RC file can be used to customize the color/pattern palettes.  If  a
       system-wide  RC file is specified with the -rcFile option, that file is
       read first; otherwise, the  defaults  specified  at  compile  time  are
       loaded.   Then,  the file .XPaintrc is searched for first in the user's
       home  directory  and  then  in  the  current  directory.  Any  settings
       specified here are appended to the one in the system-wide RC file.

       Any  time  a new canvas is created, the .XPaintrc file is read again if
       it has changed.

       The RC file can contain any of the following entries, in any order:

            #         or

            !         at the start of a line initiates a comment.  The rest of
                      the line is ignored.

            solid color
                      where  color  is  a  color  in  standard X11 format (eg.
                      GoldenRod1, #a2b5cd - see also X(1)) adds a solid  color
                      to the palette.

            pattern BeginData bitmap EndData
                      where  bitmap  is  a  bitmap specification in XBM or XPM
                      format, adds a fill pattern to the palette.

                      Note that there must be a newline after  BeginData,  and
                      that EndData must appear on a line by itself.

            pattern filename
                      where  filename  is a file containing a bitmap in XBM or
                      XPM format, also adds a pattern to the palette.

       The squares in the palette have a default size of 24 by 24 pixels. This
       can  be  changed by setting the XPaint.patternsize resource to a number
       between 4 and 64.


       The original author is David Koblas,   Around  1992,
       he  wrote  this  :  I am interested in how this program is used, if you
       find any bugs, I'll fix them; if you notice any rough spots,  or  think
       of  some  way  in  which  it  could  be  better, feel free to drop me a

       Torsten Martinsen,, has taken maintenance  from  1996
       to 2000 approximately, from version 2.2 to version 2.6.2.

       Jean-Pierre  Demailly,,  who  started
       maintaining Xpaint around 1999, is to blame for any (mis)features added
       in version 2.5.8 and in the following releases.

       Many   people,  too  numerous  to  mention,  have  contributed  to  the
       development of XPaint. See ChangeLog in  the  source  distribution  for

                                XPAINT_RELEASE                       xpaint(1)

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