pstoedit is an open source and free software project that allows Linux users to convert PostScript (PS) and Portable Document Format (PDF) documents that contain text or graphics into numerous other vector/graphics file formats. It runs entirely from the command-line interface through a terminal emulator application.
Supports a wide range of file formats
The application is quite simple, but it supports a wide range of file formats, including Mathematica, Tgif .obj format, Java 1 or Java 2 applets, .fig format for Xfig, RPL (Real3D), gnuplot, Flattened PostScript (with or without Bezier curves), RIB (RenderMan), DXF (CAD exchange format), Tcl/Tk, OS/2 meta files, PPTX format for PowerPoint and LaTeX2e picture.
In addition, the LWO (LightWave 3D), Idraw format, HPGL, Windows Meta Files (WMF), PIC format for groff and troff, AI (Adobe Illustrator), Kontour, VTK format for ParaView, SWF, MetaPost format for LaTeX and TeX, Enhanced Windows Meta Files (EMF), Skencil, CNC G code, GNU Metafile (libplot and plotutils) and PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format).
Supports additional file formats through plugins
The software supports additional file formats, including MIF (Maker Intermediate Format), SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), CGM (Computer Graphics Metafile), enhanced EMF (Windows Meta Files) and RTF (Rich Text Format) through plugins.
It’s a multi-platform application written in C++
pstoedit is a multi-platform application that has been written entirely in the C++ programming language. It runs on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit instruction set architectures.
Availability and system requirements
On GNU/Linux, the program is available for download as source archive, which means that the user must configure and compile it prior to installation. It can also be easily installed from the default software repositories of your Linux distribution. Keep in mind though, that the GhostScript package it required for the application to work properly.