How to convert PCL to PDF using a GUI, batch file/command line or by printing to our PCL to PDF printer driver

Posted on | February 28, 2012 | No Comments

PCLXForm.exe is your best choice to convert PCL into PDF if you want your workflow to be transparent to the end user.  We have versions for 32-bit, 32-bit .NET, 64-bit and 64-bit .NET platforms.  PCLXForm is a program that converts PCL to PDF and other image formats using very powerful ASCII text script programming language with the ability to also use command line overrides and a runtime include file to change the behavoir of the script.

First, you should download it from http://www.pcltools.com/pt700d/ and install our PCLTool SDK Demo onto your Microsoft Windows system.

After the installation, in our Start-> Program-> PCLTSDK_Vvv shortcut group, you will see a shortcut to “PCLTool Program” which is our general purpose GUI program.  It’s the best tool to test the install of the SDK.  Use the Convert function to convert your file to some raster format (default is a raster PDF) to first make sure that there are no conversion issues.  If you find any conversion issues, we will need to address them before you go any further.  It’s usually a preference setting that is required to get a flawless PDF.  After you have converted the PCL that you are working with (please don’t waste your time with non-production PCL files) and confirmed that PCLTool program converted it flawessly.  Then, it’s time to try our PCLXForm – PCL2PDF demo.

Start-> Program-> PCLTSDK_Vvv shortcut group, you will see a shortcut to “SDK Options III, IV & V – PCLXForm.exe (PCL2PDF, etc.)”.  Go there and then start the “PCL2PDF – PCLXForm PDFPort Script” demo.  It will execute a batch file, that executes PCLXForm using one of our sample .\scripts\convert\pdfport.tpt script.  It will convert one of our test files from our .\data folder into PDF format and put it in our .\out folder.

Another way to test our PCL to PDF conversion is to print to our PageTech PCL2PDF Driver, which is added when we install our SDK.  It will generate a spool file (PCL5e) that will be captured by our PMon1: port monitor and it will be redirected as input to our PCLXForm program which will use the default.tpt script in our root folder.  That script will convert the print file generated from the Windows application into PDF, extract the text into a .TXT file and also extract the data from the Print Manager that was inserted into the PCL as PJL comments by the port monitor.

This article presented some simple examples of using PCLTool, PCLXForm Demo and the PCL2PDF Driver to convert PCL to PDF via GUI, batch file and by printing to our printer driver.

There are more options supported by the software, such as setting the PDF property information, setting the resolution of target images (for converting PCL to images), etc.  For more information about PageTech conversion products, please visit the web page, http://www.pagetech.com/pcl-to-pdf.php.  If you want to use the full function SDK without any limitations, please send an e-mail to info@pagetech.com describing your application, workflow, transformation, text extraction, 32-bit or 64-bit and other requirements.

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