I am using both Windows and Linux for my projects for various reasons. What I like about Linux is the broad availability of command line tools to manipulate documents and media.
Most of these tools are also available natively for Windows, but to install and integrate them is usually more involved. Also there seems to be no standard way to maintain and update these tools under Windows.
Furthermore, these tools usually make use of libraries. Under Windows, each tool comes with its own set of libraries, because the tool installer has no knowledge of other tools, which might use the same libraries.
The following are examples of tools I use under the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL):
mcsmall and easy to use.
sitecopyis indispensable to maintain my web-site - this site!
qpdfis useful to manipulate PDF files
libtiff-toolshelps to manipulate these
genisoimageis another version of
While I value the power of the Linux command line tools, I am still a long standing Windows and mouse user and want to use drag and drop on the Windows desktop. This can be achieved using the interoperability between Linux and Windows provided by WSL.
I usually write a Windows
cmd script to use as a drag-and-drop
target. Some things might also be able to do with just a desktop
Below are some example scripts I use. Use the scripts at our own risk. I do not take any responsibility.
The WSL command
wslpath is used to convert from Windows paths to
Linux paths. The quotes are necessary to allow for spaces in the paths
and files names.
@ECHO OFF bash -c "exiftool -all '`wslpath '%~1'`' | less"
@ECHO OFF REM Just list bash -c "pdfimages -list '`wslpath '%~1'`' | less"
@ECHO OFF REM Extract keeping each indiv. format REM -p includes page number in output file name REM Nota bene: pdfimages does not output anything to stdout! bash -c "pdfimages -p -all '`wslpath '%~1'`' myIMG" REM Extract forcing TIFF REM bash -c "pdfimages -p -tiff '`wslpath '%~1'`' myIMG"