PWG and PCLm Mobile Print File Formats

Posted on | December 22, 2014 | No Comments

PageTech tools are now able to read, write and edit the job ticketing information found in the PWG and PCLm mobile print file formats. Both formats include embedded data structures with job ticketing data on a page-by-page basis. In this initial release, we are laying the groundwork for a full set of tools for anyone developing mobile or cloud-based applications that require printing or converting PCL to PDF.

When converting PCL into either PWG or PCLm, our product uniquely extract all the job ticket related PCL escape codes and PJL commands and includes it in the rendered output file. If no page size is provided in the PCL, the product will determine the page size based on the area being rendered during the conversion.

Our Port Monitor’s Indexer can be set-up to prompt the user for additional job ticketing data (postal mail address, archiving keywords, etc.) that need to be inserted into the PCL as it passes through the spooler. In addition, job ticket (.JTX) files can be saved, edited and used as default values for any job ticketing fields not found in the PWG or PCLm files.

How to convert PCL to PWG or PCLm and view job ticketing data captured during the conversion process:

Select File Convert… -> Select your Test.pcl file and set PWG or PCLm in “Type” dropdown, then click –> Convert –>.

The converted PWG or PCLm file will include whatever job ticketing information found in the PCL and will be included in that output file’s job ticket data structure. If the Preferences-> Job Ticket Preferences -> ”Use Job Ticket in Conversions” is pointing to a default job ticket (.JTX) file. Then whatever job ticketing data found in the PCL will override the job ticketing data listed in the default .JTX file, (In future release, we will be adding preferences for each job ticket field value i.e. “prefer incoming value” or “prefer default value” .. for this field).

How to view the job ticketing data stored in an existing PWG or PCLm file:

Open File > “View Image…” the first page of the image will appear in the viewer. To view the job ticketing data for the corresponding “viewed” page Select “Job Ticket” –> “View Info for this Image”. To view both the page and its corresponding job ticketing data side by side select, Window -> “Tile Vertically”.

Now you can navigate through the Open Image pages and the job ticket pages will change to match the “viewed” page. However, you cannot navigate to other job ticket pages and have the viewed page change to match it. To quit, click Save Job Ticket -> Save Job Ticket As… or File -> Close.

JTLOG File

The JTLOG file saves all the job ticketing information found during the conversion of a PCL file into PWG or PCLm formats. It displays the first page’s full set of job ticketing information found.

Starting on the second page until the last page, it only displays any changes found on each page.

JTLog file structure:

job ticketing information ;
; Job Ticket Info converting ‘C:\..\JTixTest.pcl’
;
;=====================================
;
; Page 1 – all elements
;
Address 1 = Field added by PageTech for future use
Address 2 = Field added by PageTech for future use
Address 3 = Field added by PageTech for future use
Address 4 = Field added by PageTech for future use
Address 5 = Field added by PageTech for future use
Address 6 = Field added by PageTech for future use
Phone = Field added by PageTech for future use
Email = Field added by PageTech for future use
IMB = Field added by PageTech for future use
Archive Key = Field added by PageTech for future use
Job Name =
Copies = 1
Binding Edge = Long_Edge
Binding Type = Default
Job Delivery = False
Job Due_Date =
Job Notes =
Document Folding = Crease
Document Lamination = False
Document Output Bin = Upper
Media Color = RGB(255,255,255)
Duplexing = No_Duplexing
Paper Size = Executive
Paper Type = Default
Paper Coating = Default
Insert Sheet = False
Leading Long Edge = False
Media Source = Default
Media Weight grams/m2 = 0
Back Cross Feed Flipped = False
Back Feed Flipped = False
Orientation = Portrait
Output Quality = Draft
Page Bleeds = Default
Alternate Primary = RGB(0,0,0)
Back Side of Page = False
Jog = None
Cutting = None
;
; Page 3 – modified elements only
;
Document Output Bin = Lower
Paper Size = Letter
Media Source = Printer_Spec
Orientation = Landscape
;
; Page 5 – modified elements only
;
Document Output Bin = Upper
Paper Size = Legal
Media Source = Manual
Orientation = Reverse_Portrait

PCLCodes – PCL Disassembly of the PCL/PJL File Output

PCLCodes can also be used to disassemble PCL/PJL to validate what was in that file and compare it to what is found in the JTLOG file after a conversion of PCL into either PWG or PCLM formats.

The output of PCLCodes:
1-31-2014 15:58 PCLCodes 13.40

Decoding ‘JTixTest.pcl’
—————————————————————————–
[ ESC E ] Reset
[ ESC % -12345 X ] Exit Language
@PJL SET BINDING=LONGEDGE
@PJL SET PRINTQUALITY=DRAFT
@PJL SET FOLDING=CREASE
@PJL ENTER LANGUAGE=PCL
[ ESC & l 0 S ] Duplex Mode Setting : Simplex
[ ESC & l 1 G ] Select Output Tray : Upper Bin
[ ESC & l 1 A ] Set Page Size : Executive
[ ESC & l 0 H ] Select Paper Source : Print Current Page
[ ESC & l 0 O ] Paper Orientation : Portrait
Page 1<LF>
<FF>
[Page 1 Eject offset 147 ]
Page 2<LF>
<FF>
[Page 2 Eject offset 155 ]
[ ESC & l 2 G ] Select Output Tray : Lower (Rear) Bin
[ ESC & l 2 A ] Set Page Size : Letter
[ ESC & l 1 H ] Select Paper Source : Printer Specific
[ ESC & l 1 O ] Paper Orientation : Landscape
Page 3<LF>
<FF>
[Page 3 Eject offset 183 ]
Page 4<LF>
<FF>
[Page 4 Eject offset 191 ]
[ ESC & l 1 G ] Select Output Tray : Upper Bin
[ ESC & l 3 A ] Set Page Size : Legal
[ ESC & l 2 H ] Select Paper Source : Manual
[ ESC & l 2 O ] Paper Orientation : Reverse Portrait
Page 5<LF>
<FF>
[Page 5 Eject offset 219 ]
Page 6<LF>
<FF>

CJK – Unicode or UTF8 PCL

Posted on | December 8, 2014 | No Comments

I have a SAP invoicing application that is referencing printer resident Korean typefaces. My PCL to PDF transformation program doesn’t support those very large CJK fonts. How can I convert the invoices into PDF’s – including the Korean language portion?

Mike

This post was submitted by MantaBoy.

PageTech Announces Aggressive Pricing on New Linux Version of PCLTool SDK

Posted on | November 25, 2014 | No Comments

San Diego, California – November 25, 2014:  PageTech, a global leader in HP PCL print stream transformation, optimization, and text extraction, today announced aggressive new pricing on its soon to be released PCLTool SDK for Linux, its flagship PCL conversion software developer’s kit.

PageTech developed this new Linux version because they were the only vendor HP could find capable of converting the complex PCL5e generated by the State of California’s CalWIN system into text searchable PDF files.  The CalWIN system required support for PDF documents generated in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cambodian, Thai, Farsi and other languages.

“Having been absent from the Linux market until now, we decided to provide an aggressive and simple licensing model to encourage customers using other solutions to re-evaluate their current PCL to PDF conversion solution.  Not only are we offering excellent pricing for unlimited users and unlimited page volume,  we have also ported our powerful PCLXForm program to Linux with its own unparalleled script programming language that can simultaneously extract text from complex PCL while converting, splitting, indexing, and routing the print stream,” said Robert Pooley, President of PageTech.

PCLTool SDK for Linux options range in price from $1,895 for a command line-driven PCL2PDF solution to $3,995 for a 3-unit suite of PCLXForm for mission critical application development.  All Linux options include a free copy of PCLTool SDK for Windows for easy print stream analysis, script programming development and testing.

A fully functional evaluation copy of PCLTool SDK for Linux will be available for download from the PCLTools.com website in late January of 2015.

About PageTech

Established in 1993, Page Technology Marketing, Inc. (www.pagetech.com), with all development based in San Diego, CA, USA, is the leading consultancy firm specializing in HP PCL print stream transformation, optimization and text extraction products for developers, systems integrators and MIS departments.

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Japanese PCL Font

Posted on | April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

Hello

A client of mine has a requirement to print japanese pcl.
I am assuming the printers in japan contain the required font

But the printers in the us will probably not have the font

Would you be able to supply a pcl japanese font that i can send to the printer when required?

Thanks

This post was submitted by peter.

PageTech Announces PCLTool SDK V14.0 with Support for Cloud Application Development and Job Ticketing

Posted on | March 20, 2014 | No Comments

San Diego, CA – March 20, 2014:  PageTech announced today the availability of the newest version of PCLTool SDK, its flagship PCL conversion software developer’s kit which allows businesses, financial institutions, and printing/mailing/imaging service providers to easily develop a wide range of document imaging, output management and print stream optimization solutions.

Major enhancements in PCLTool SDK 14.0:

  • Added support to interpret and output to HP’s new PCLm/PCLmS printer language and IEEE’s Printer Work Group’s multi-page PWG Raster format. Both new print file formats support print job ticket data.  These new printer description languages are used in mobile or cloud-based applications that need to print from resource-limited, mobile devices to the nearest compatible printer.
  • Developed a new Print2All Program to demonstrate how to print to various Hybrid Postal Mail (Click2Mail), Cloud-Based file sharing (Dropbox) and Digital Postal Mail services. Print2All showcases the SDK’s ability to generate, capture, extract address block text, split, and then convert multiple document print streams into individually-named, text-searchable PDFs for upload to any web service.
  • Added extraction of all available Job Ticketing data from HP PCL/PJL print streams to make it easier for print/mail service bureaus and hybrid postal mail services to know their remote client’s printing instructions. PageTech’s custom printer driver and port monitor can also transparently embed additional job control data in HP PJL comments that can be extracted into the job ticketing output file.

“PCLTool SDK has always been designed to easily adapt to changes in technology so developers have a way to extend the life or add value to legacy applications,” said Robert Pooley, president of PageTech. “These new capabilities provide our clients with the tools to take advantage of the inevitable migration to Digital Mail, Cloud-to-Print and Print-to-Cloud applications.

 Availability

A fully functional evaluation copy of PCLTool SDK v14.0 (32-bit or 64-bit) is available for download from the PageTech pcltools.com website.  All PageTech products come with a 30-day refund guarantee and a single license for PCLTool SDK starts at $425 USD with additional configuration options available.

About PageTech

Established in 1993, Page Technology Marketing, Inc. (www.pagetech.com), based in San Diego, CA, USA, is the leading consultancy firm specializing in HP PCL print stream transformation, optimization, text extraction and manipulation products for developers, systems integrators and MIS departments.

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PageTech Delivers Linux PCL2PDF Software to HP Enterprise Services for CalWIN Project

Posted on | February 13, 2014 | No Comments

San Diego, CA – February 13, 2014:  PageTech, a leading global provider of HP PCL print stream transformation, optimization, and text extraction products, announced today that it has delivered a Linux version of its flagship PCL2PDF conversion software to HP Enterprise Services for implementation into California’s CalWORKS Information Network (CalWIN). The PCL to PDF transformation tool converts complex PCL5e print files generated by various legacy and enterprise systems into Adobe text-searchable PDF portable document format.

The CalWIN project supports over forty percent of California’s social service caseload, which serves over 25,000 desktops across 600+ sites in 18 counties.  The largest system of its kind in the United States, CalWIN processes an average of 15 million transactions a day in 17 languages including: Arabic, Armenian, Bosnian, Cantonese, English, Farsi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Khmer, Laotian, Mienh, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.

HP Enterprise Services provides application development, network and server management services for CalWIN. Originally HP approached PageTech for its expertise in inserting UTF-8 Unicode text into HP PCL5e print streams with embedded TrueType (PCLETTO) font characters. These font characters are required for printing documents in any language to any PCL5e or newer printer or for conversion into PDF format.

Implementation of new subsystems to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) generated even more complex PCL print streams from their systems. The existing PCL to PDF converter solution used by CalWIN could not meet these new requirements. HP turned to PageTech for a custom Linux version of PageTech’s PCL2PDF conversion software.

“HP already knew we were the leader in Windows-based PCL to PDF transformation solutions. Based on the relationship we built over the last ten years, HP had no hesitation asking us to port our PCL2PDF technology to Linux because they knew we could meet all their current and future requirements,” said Robert Pooley, president of PageTech. “Going forward this new Linux version will be added to our product line giving us PCL to PDF solutions for both Windows and Linux platforms.”

About PageTech

Established in 1993, Page Technology Marketing, Inc. (www.pagetech.com), with development based in San Diego, CA, USA, is the leading consultancy firm specializing in HP PCL print stream transformation, optimization, text extraction and manipulation products for developers, systems integrators and MIS departments.

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