plscompression.3plplot man page

plscompression — Set device-compression level




Set device-compression level.  Only used for drivers that provide compression.  This function, if used, should be invoked before a call to plinit(3plplot).

Redacted form: plscompression(compression)

This function is used in example 31.


compression (PLINT(3plplot), input)

The desired compression level. This is a device-dependent value. Currently only the jpeg and png devices use these values. For jpeg value is the jpeg quality which should normally be in the range 0-95. Higher values denote higher quality and hence larger image sizes. For png values are in the range -1 to 99. Values of 0-9 are taken as the compression level for zlib. A value of -1 denotes the default zlib compression level. Values in the range 10-99 are divided by 10 and then used as the zlib compression level. Higher compression levels correspond to greater compression and small file sizes at the expense of more computation.


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January, 2017 PLplot API