This is a collection of scripts and Makefiles to convert
Kodak Photo CD data into documented HTML pages.
The user has to ship several files called "rules" to control
in which way the images should be converted into JPG files.
By supporting certain text files each single image could be
documented in English or German (or with slight changes to any
The file README.pcd2html gives
an introduction how to handle the system.
For those clever people who'd never read any documentation
there are some
sets of example files to convert a set of Photo-CDs. The
result of this set of files give you an impression how
good or bad it works.
Motivation of pcd2html
There are many reasons for offering Photo-CD images in WWW browser
readable form. Converting the images into JPG images is the first
step of this work. There are three possibilities to do that:
- convert blindly with a dumb batch file
--> This will end in poor quality and is absolutely not recommended.
- load PCD image into an image manipulation program, do some
enhancements (as cropping, shrinking, normalizing histogram)
and save it as JPG
--> The quality of the output will be OK but it is a time consuming
process and (that's the point) do you really know what you have
done with your image?? Imagine you want to do a step in between
the steps you have done and try to remember what you have done
some days/months ago.
- use a batch method which is configurable for each image
--> You will need some iterations to get the wanted result but
you have always the chance to reproduce what you have done.
Most basic stuff of image manipulation can be done by convert.
May be it consumes some time to run the batch for an image over
and over until you are satisfied. But why not writing the
describing text of actual image this time?
The scripts run under a operating system with following programs installed:
- pcd2html was developed under Debian
GNU/Linux version 2.1 (slink). There is a Debian package of
it (see below).
- It should work under any modern Linux system.
- It should work under any modern UNIX system. Problems could
appear when trying to mount the CD-ROM drive automatically, but
this is no real problem.
- In principle pcd2html might work under any operating system which
runs the tools listed below. You have to patch PATH names.
I accept and include patches for other systems but without any
- Which version of convert you use depends from your needs to
convert the image. I used ImageMagick since 4.0.4 (98/04/01).
Please note that some versions between 6.0 and 6.2 have problems
converting the highest resolution of a pcd image. Moreover the
command line syntax has changed. Thus you need ImageMagick
version 6.0 or higher since pcd2html 0.4.
- I used GNU bash, version 2.01.1(1)-release
Some special bash features where used, I'm not sure if other
shells could be used. Lower bash versions should work, too.
- GNU make
- I used GNU Make version 3.76.1
There are features in GNU make which aren't available in other
make varieties. I expect no other make to work with pcd2html.
Lower versions could work, too.
- I used grep (GNU grep) 2.1
No very specific features of GNU grep are used. Every grep
- I used GNU sed version 2.05
The sed programming in pcd2html is not so tricky, that it is
expected to work with oder sed versions, too.
I really hope that pcd2html is useful for you and look forward any
critics, bugfixes or enhancements.
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