PCL Word wrap

Posted on | March 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

Is there a way to specify an area (rectangle) and then be able send text to that area that would word wrap in that area?

This post was submitted by Thom.

Chinese PCL

Posted on | February 23, 2015 | No Comments

China is now, by some measures, the largest economy in the world. I am finding it difficult to understand why printing chinese on pcl printers is so difficult.
I need to find someone who can supply a soft font that I can send to the printer, together with the unicode to symbol set mappings.
Once I have the font I can easily translate the unicode text to the correct pcl codes

Hope someone can help

This post was submitted by peter.

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.


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
[ 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>
[Page 1 Eject offset 147 ]
Page 2<LF>
[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>
[Page 3 Eject offset 183 ]
Page 4<LF>
[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>
[Page 5 Eject offset 219 ]
Page 6<LF>

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?


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.


Japanese PCL Font

Posted on | April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment


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?


This post was submitted by peter.

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