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In May 2001, Francesco Spada posted below to the newsgroup comp.lang.postscript on how to convert postscript to encapsulated postscript format.

How can I convert a PS file into an EPS file?

John Deubert <> replied:

   It's actually pretty simple, subject to some restrictions on the 
   PostScript file, itself:

   1. Make the first line of the PostScript file the following:

         %!PS-Adobe-3.0 EPSF-3.0

   2. Look among the lines at the beginning of the PostScript file (right 
   after your "%!PS..." line. You should see a series of lines that start 
   with "%%". If there is not already a line among these that starts with 
   "%%BoundingBox", then you will need to add this line among the other %% 

         %%BoundingBox: xll yll xur yur

   The "xll yll xur yur" abover are stand-ins for four numbers, these being 
   the x and y coordinates of the lower left and upper right corners of the 
   bounding box of the EPS graphic. (That is, the lowest x & y and the 
   highest x & y for the drawing on the page.) These are all measured in 
   PostScript units (i.e., 1/72-inch) from the PostScript origin (i.e., the 
   lower left corner of the page).

   The restrictions:

   There are some restrictions on the original PostScript that you are 
   converting to EPS:

      1. It must be a one page document.

      2. It should make no reference to page size, duplex printing, or 
      anything else that has to do with the printing of the document.

      3. It shouldn't do other odd stuff, like erase the page, initialize the 
      graphic state, etc. (Most PostScript output doesn't do this, but some do.

   Your biggest problem will probably be with restriction 2, since this is 
   a legitimate and, often, necessary thing when creating a PostScript 
   output file.

   One last note: the instructions above will give you an EPS file with no 
   screen preview. When you import it into another application, you'll 
   probably get just a gray box on the screen. It will print correctly, 

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