PCL to PDF-or-TIFF converter for Linux

Posted on | April 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

I am a software developer. My customer has been using Visual Software’s pcl2pdf product for many years. In the past, most of our PCL to PDF conversion took place in the background without impacting users. It has recently become necessary to do this conversion while users wait for the results. Unfortunately, each page that gets converted takes about 15 seconds to complete. This is horrendous when converting hundreds of pages at a time.

I have tried a lot of different ways to speed up the conversion process, but nothing seems to have any significant effect. And pcl2pdf does not support the ability to convert to TIFF format, another format that could work for us.

I am searching for a replacement program that:

1. Supports including a macro library (for macros referenced in our PCL files).
2. Can be invoked from the Red Hat Linux command line.
3. Can convert a PCL file to either PDF or TIFF format.
4. Will convert at a much faster rate than our current program does.
5. Will convert everything accurately.

I see from your web site that you have recently created a Linux version of your PCLTool SDK. However, I cannot find any place from which to download an eval copy.

Do you in fact have a Linux version that meets my requirements? If so, could you please send me a link to download a trial copy as well as a link to the corresponding user documentation?

Any suggestions as to how we could speed up our current conversions would also be appreciated. Thank you.

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This post was submitted by Steven Shatz.


One Response to “PCL to PDF-or-TIFF converter for Linux”

  1. bobp
    April 20th, 2015 @ 8:15 PM


    Our new Linux version of PCLXForm exceeds all your requirements. We prefer to pre-qualify prospects for our Linux version by first having them use our PCLTool SDK for Windows to test their PCL for perfect conversions. The same code is used to create our Linux version. And, PCLXForm has a powerful and versatile scripting language… way beyond just a command line. I’ll send you what you need to download our SDK demo and turn it into a live product for first level evaluation.

    Bob Pooley

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