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XV is an interactive image manipulation program for the X Window System. It can operate on images in the GIF, JPEG, TIFF, PBM, PGM, PPM, X11 bitmap, Sun Rasterfile, RLE, RGB, BMP, PCX, and PM formats on all known types of X displays. It can generate PostScript files, and if you have ghostscript version 2.5 or above installed on your machine, it can also display postscript files.

XV lets you do a large number of things including:

XV is available here. (You may also wish to check anonymous ftp at to see if there is an even newer version.)

Large portions of this document have been taken from the XV documentation. The official documentation included with the source code contains numerous examples and details all of the features, whereas this document only attempts to provide a brief overview of the package.