Posted on | April 12, 2011 | 1 Comment
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO CREATE A PCL FORM OVERLAY
(or LOGO OVERLAY):
- Open the form .PDF in the Acrobat or a Word .DOC or any other program that prints to a PCL printer.
- Print to a HP LaserJet Series II, III or IV printer driver to FILE. The default file extension is .PRN. Override this generic print file extension and use .PCL instead. This creates a Windows temporary print stream in PCL format, but is NOT SUITABLE for use as a PCL overlay.
- Open PCLTool.exe (in PCLTool SDK Demo) or PCLWorks.exe Program ($79-89) and convert the .PCL file into .TIF format.NOTE: If If you start with a TIFF image (or, JPEG -TIFF is better), make sure that it is 300 dpi (uncompressed), the exact size or larger than what you need to appear on the printed 300 dpi page. You can scale the image in IMG2PCL.exe.Edit the TIFF/JPEG file in Paint.exe to remove the signature or logo and save it as a new TIFF file.
- Convert the .TIF file back into .PCL using the GUI IMG2PCL.exe (or, command line IMGCVT.exe – depending on what product you have) program. This program creates a PCL file with one large raster object of the form overlay, along with no Reset, no FormFeed, a Macro ID and other escape codes needed to use it as an overlay. However, the default is to “Append a test page” in order to execute the macro for your initial test. After your initial test run through IMG2PCL.exe, re-generate the macro without the “Append a test page” option.
- Use PCLCodes.exe to translate the .PCL overlay file into readable English if you need to better understand what the PCL is doing inside this file.
The minimum PageTech product required to accomplish the above steps 1. through 5. is PCLWorks Program for $79 (32-bit) / $89 (64-bit).
With our PCLTool SDK, we provide additional tools to intercept your existing PCL print files, insert the appropriate signatures/logos/forms where they need to go and optimize the file on-the-way to the printer.