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       import [ options ... ] file


       Import reads an image from any  visible  window  on  an  X
       server  and outputs it as an image file. You can capture a
       single window, the entire screen, or any rectangular  por­
       tion  of the screen.  Use display for redisplay, printing,
       editing, formatting, archiving, image processing, etc.  of
       the captured image.

       The  target window can be specified by id, name, or may be
       selected by clicking the mouse in the desired  window.  If
       you  press  a  button and then drag, a rectangle will form
       which expands and contracts as the mouse  moves.  To  save
       the  portion  of the screen defined by the rectangle, just
       release the button. The keyboard bell is rung once at  the
       beginning  of  the  screen  capture and twice when it com­


       To select an X window or an area of the  screen  with  the
       mouse and save it in the MIFF image format to a file enti­
       tled window.miff, use:

           import window.miff

       To select an X window or an area of the  screen  with  the
       mouse and save it in the Encapsulated PostScript format to
       include in another document, use:

           import figure.eps

       To capture the entire X server screen in  the  JPEG  image
       format  in  a  file  entitled root.jpeg, without using the
       mouse, use:

           import -window root root.jpeg

       To capture the 512x256 area at the upper right  corner  of
       the X server screen in the PNG image format in a well-com­
       pressed file entitled corner.png, without using the mouse,

           import -window root -crop 512x256-0+0 -quality 90


       Options  are  processed  in command line order. Any option
       you specify on the command line remains in effect until it
       is  explicitly changed by specifying the option again with
              (This  option  has  been  replaced  by  the  -limit

       -colors <value>
              preferred number of colors in the image

       -colorspace <value>
              the type of colorspace

       -comment <string>
              annotate an image with a comment

       -crop <width>x<height>{+-}<x>{+-}<y>{%}
              preferred size and location of the cropped image

       -debug <events>
              enable debug printout

       -delay <1/100ths of a second>
              display the next image after pausing

       -density <width>x<height>
              vertical and horizontal resolution in pixels of the

       -depth <value>
              depth of the image

              obtain image by descending window hierarchy

       -display <host:display[.screen]>
              specifies the X server to contact

       -dispose <method>
              GIF disposal method

              apply Floyd/Steinberg error diffusion to the image

       -encoding <type>
              specify the text encoding

       -endian <type>
              specify endianness (MSB or LSB) of output image

       -extract <width>x<height>{+-}<x>{+-}<y>{%}{@} {!}{<}{>}
              extract an area from the image while decoding

       -frame include the X window frame in the imported image

       -geometry <width>x<height>{+-}<x>{+-}<y>{%}{@} {!}{<}{>}

              transform the image to black and white

              replace every pixel with its complementary color

       -page <width>x<height>{+-}<x>{+-}<y>{%}{!}{<}{>}
              size and location of an image canvas

       -pause <seconds>
              pause between snapshots [import]

       -ping  efficiently determine image characteristics

       -pointsize <value>
              pointsize  of  the PostScript, OPTION1, or TrueType

       -quality <value>
              JPEG/MIFF/PNG compression level

       -resize <width>x<height>{%}{@}{!}{<}{>}
              resize an image

       -rotate <degrees>{<}{>}
              apply Paeth image rotation to the image

       -sampling-factor <horizontal_factor>x<vertical_factor>
              sampling factors used by JPEG or MPEG-2 encoder and
              YUV decoder/encoder.

       -scene <value>
              set scene number

              specify the screen to capture

              operate silently

       -snaps <value>
              number of screen snapshots

       -transparent <color>
              make this color transparent within the image

       -trim  trim an image

              print detailed information about the image


       Copyright (C) 2003 ImageMagick Studio

       Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any  per­
       son obtaining a copy of this software and associated docu­
       mentation files ("ImageMagick"), to  deal  in  ImageMagick
       without  restriction,  including  without  limitation  the
       rights to use, copy, modify, merge,  publish,  distribute,
       sublicense, and/or sell copies of ImageMagick, and to per­
       mit persons to whom the ImageMagick is furnished to do so,
       subject to the following conditions:

       The  above  copyright  notice  and  this permission notice
       shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of

       The  software is provided "as is", without warranty of any
       kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the
       warranties  of  merchantability,  fitness for a particular
       purpose and noninfringement.In no event shall  ImageMagick
       Studio  be  liable for any claim, damages or other liabil­
       ity, whether in an action of contract, tort or  otherwise,
       arising  from, out of or in connection with ImageMagick or
       the use or other dealings in ImageMagick.

       Except as contained  in  this  notice,  the  name  of  the
       ImageMagick Studio LLC shall not be used in advertising or
       otherwise to promote the sale, use or  other  dealings  in
       ImageMagick  without  prior written authorization from the
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       John Cristy, ImageMagick Studio LLC,
       Glenn Randers-Pehrson, ImageMagick Studio LLC.

ImageMagick         Date: 2003/01/01 01:00:00           import(1)
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