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AdvanceCOMP PNG Compression Utility


advpng - AdvanceCOMP PNG Compression Utility


advpng [-l, --list] [-z, --recompress] [-0, --shrink-0]

[-1, --shrink-fast] [-2, --shrink-normal [-3, --shrink-extra]

[-4, --shrink-insane] [-f, --force] [-q, --quiet]

[-h, --help] [-V, --version] FILES...


The main purpose of this utility is to recompress png files to get the smallest possible size.

Please note that this utility is not able to read a generic file. It’s granted to be able to read only the files generated by the AdvanceMAME emulator.

To compress the files this utility uses the following strategies:

Remove all ancillary chunks.

Concatenate all the IDAT chunks.

Use the 7zip Deflate implementation.


-l, --list FILES...

List the content of the specified files.

-z, --recompress FILES...

Recompress the specified files. If the -1, -2, -3 options are specified it’s used the smallest file choice from the previous compressed data and the new compression. If the -0 option is specified the file is always rewritten without any compression.

-0, --shrink-store

Disable the compression. The file is only stored and not compressed. The file is always rewritten also if it’s bigger.

-1, --shrink-fast

Set the compression level to ˝fast˝.

-2, --shrink-normal

Set the compression level to ˝normal˝. This is the default level of compression.

-3, --shrink-extra

Set the compression level to ˝extra˝.

-4, --shrink-insane

Set the compression level to ˝insane˝.

-f, --force

Force the use of the new file also if it’s bigger.


This file is Copyright (C) 2002 Andrea Mazzoleni, Filipe Estima


advzip(1), advmng(1), advdef(1)