Graphics Utilities

The standard release of X includes four utilities to help you create bitmap images: bitmap, bmtoa, atobm, and xmag. The most powerful and useful of these clients is bitmap, a program that lets you create and edit bitmap files. This section includes detailed instructions for using the bitmap client.

The bmtoa and atobm clients are programs that convert bitmaps to arrays (of ASCII characters) and arrays to bitmaps. They are used to facilitate printing and file manipulation and can help you convert a font character to a bitmap, as we'll demonstrate.

In a sense, the xmag client is a desk accessory for graphics programs. This client is used to magnify a portion of the screen, to assist you in creating images with a graphics editor, ...

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