suggestion of ImageMagick was perfect. I never realised that ImageMagick supportted .xcf files.
imagemagick v6.2.7 will flatten some multilayer xcf files okay. but in my experience, not others. prior versions of IM always flattened correctly any multilayer xcf that I gave it. so i switched to xcf2jpg best mike _______________________________________________ Gimp-user mailing list Gimp-user@lists.XCF.Berkeley.EDU https://lists.XCF.Berkeley.EDU/mailman/listinfo/gimp-user