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hp2xx 3.4.3 released

From: mk
Subject: hp2xx 3.4.3 released
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2003 19:50:03 +0100 (MEZ)

Release 3.4.3 of the HPGL-to-many converter hp2xx is now available on and its mirrors worldwide. As always,
suggestions and bug reports are appreciated.

Martin Kroeker, 
address@hidden  or  address@hidden

Changes from 3.4.2 to 3.4.3

New features:

- Raster graphics modes now use correctly scaled penwidths (implemented by
  Andrew J. Bird). Instead of crude approximations we are using a 'wide line 
  Bresenham' algorithm by Alan Murphy of IBM that was released into the public 
  domain through an IBM Technical Bulletin
- Added support for (most of) the LA, line attributes command (Andrew J. Bird)
  (cap/join types best supported in eps,fig and pdf for now)
- Added support for the CR (relative color range) command
- Added support for the IR (input reference points as percentage of current
  limits) command
- Added support for the OW (output clipping window) command
- hp2xx now recognizes (and ignores) the VS command to reduce number of
  runtime warnings
- hp2xx now ignores stray Escape characters among HPGL commands
- EMF export is now also available as an option on non-Windows builds if
  Allen Barnetts libEMF ( is installed
- hp2xx now translates FP commands into EP to show the outlines when the
  -n, --nofill option is used. (Previously polygon commands were ignored 
  in that case unless they contained an explicit EP as well. This was
  particularly unfortunate in the case of polygon-derived text)
- Added new commandline option -e, --extraclip <unit> for additional margin
  around clip regions. Some programs apparently miscalculate their frames.
  (Georgy Salnikov)
- Input files containing several plots are now rendered as separate images,
  even if the -P option is not used. Output file names are numbered starting
  from the second file, i.e. file.plt yields file.png file.1.png file.2.png.
- TIFF creation on stdout now uses a safer method of generating and accessing
  its temporary file on Unix.
- A new output format, G-code for CNC engraving machines (Michael Rooke).

Bug fixes:

- hp2xx now ignores SC commands with invalid parameters 
  (Slavek Banko)
- AC support in 3.4.2 slowed down the polygon fill code
- raster mode was allocating a big 8 bit per pixel memory
  buffer even when the pen data would fit in 4bpp
- PDF output would fold the image in some cases (Jay Dawes)
- The RO/IW fix in 3.4.2 broke other cases, fixed again.
- The DXF header was a bit too minimalistic for some readers
  (Francisco Doubrawa Filho)
- Dots drawn for PUPDPU sequences were not clipped by IW
- Unsupported subtypes 6 and 7 of SD and AD (weight & typeface)
  caused an error exit instead of simply being ignored
- extremely short line segments could confuse the pattern state machine,
  resulting in no or extraneous lines being drawn (J.L. Fernandez Jambrina)
- BP did not handle kind=5 (autorotation control). This could lead to
  misinterpretation of further arguments to BP, specifically title strings
- Escape sequences inside PJL headers (two or more header lines starting
  with 'Esc-12345X') are now handled gracefully
- Removed memory leak in the X11 previewers' zoom function
- PDF output could omit lines in some cases
- PM2 did not close the current polygon if necessary (Piotr Szwed)
- Polygon fill range was not always initialized correctly (Bill Marr)
- Compile fix for HPUX11 ansi compiler (add whitespace to work around
  what is probably a compiler bug) (Glen Stewart)
- Vertices of filled polygons were omitted from calculation of actual size
- added ROWSPERSTRIP header parameter to TIFF files, as some programs rely
  on its presence 
- Dots for PUPDPU got drawn for PDPA as well, which made consecutive dashed
  lines restart the dash pattern for each segment instead of carrying over 
  the remainder of the pattern from the previous one. 
- Removed the checks preventing negative or large offsets to be defined with
  the -o and -O commandline options
- The viewbox given in the SVG header was too small (Robert Hancock).
- Closed several memory leaks (mainly important for multi-file operation).
- The documentation was outdated in several aspects.
- The SVG output used integral linewidths only roughly corresponding to the 
  original values.
- Files that explicitly asked for default arc precision (by providing a zero
  tolerance value) were not handled correctly (Steve Edmonds).
- Text penwidth was always the same as that in use for linedrawing. This is
  now fixed, and the SD option for forcing this behaviour is now honored.
- Some warning messages were emitted even in quiet mode.
- EMF output would abort when pencolor 0 was selected (Pascal Haible).

Dr. Martin Kroeker, daveg gmbh Darmstadt  CAD/CAM/CAQ  address@hidden
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