Electronic Submission Instructions
In a nutshell, you will be required to produce GIF images of each page
of your report and submit them electronically through a special command.
Please follow these instructions EXACTLY for producing and
submitting these images:
If any of this is unclear or you have trouble with any part of this,
please let me know as soon as possible.
Use any word processor that you want to write up the report. However,
you must use a word processor that will generate a Postscript (PS) file,
an ASCII file, or a GIF image of each page.
If you can't generate a PS file, an ASCII file, or a GIF image of a page,
then you can't submit
it using the technique described here. Your report can be either a single
PS file or multiple files. You may want to experiment with a small test
file before plunging in and doing the whole report on a word processor
that's going to cause trouble.
If you have generated the PS file on something other than an Engineering
Sun, you are responsible for figuring out how to upload it to your Sun
- Here are some hints on producing GIF files:
- You can convert an ASCII text file to GIF by using
~sjreeves/bin/text2gif infile outfile
If the file requires multiple pages, it will generate files called
outfile_1.gif, outfile_2.gif, etc.
- You can save Matlab plots to PPM files by typing
print -dppmraw outfile
at the Matlab prompt and then using xv to convert it to GIF.
- You can convert TIFF files to GIF using xv.
- You can convert a PS file to GIF by using
pstogif. To run this, type
~sjreeves/bin/pstogif file.ps file.gif
If the file has multiple pages in it, it will generate files called
file_1.gif, file_2.gif, etc.
- If all else fails and you are able to display your report on a Sun,
you can dump one page at a time by using the command
and then clicking on the window you want to dump to a gif file.
This command will only work if the window of interest does not overlap
any other windows either on top or underneath.
- You can also use xv to grab regions of the screen and
manipulate them and save them as images.
When you have converted everything to GIF, rename your files (including
Matlab plot files) so that they are in the order you want for your report.
The naming convention should be projX_n.gif, where X is the project number
and n is the page number. I will count off if you don't follow this
I would suggest that you page through your files using an image viewer to
make sure everything is as you expect it to be. You can do this by typing
You can advance through the images by pressing the space bar.
(xv is not as good for this purpose, since it automatically
downsizes images if they're larger than a screen.)
- NOTE: Please use common sense in the size of each image. I will
count off if any image dimension is greater than twice the corresponding
NOTE2: I will count off heavily if you submit any image format other
- Make sure the font is large enough to read comfortably after
the text has been converted to a bitmap.
To forward the files to me, type
~sjreeves/bin/submit_rpt X projX_*.gif
exactly as shown but with the project number substituted for X.
You will receive an email confirmation if the report is received
The report will be graded, annotated, and returned to you via email.
You will be notified by email how to set up your account to automatically
receive your graded report. If you have already set up your account to
receive your graded homework, you can ignore the email instructions.