Posted on | December 1, 2009 | No Comments
How to setup the Port Monitor to capture PCL and redirect it as input to PCLPrint.exe to print to any Windows printer driver.
- Download PCLTool SDK Demo from pagetech.com.
- After you download, install (with all the defaults)
- Rename c:\program files\pagetech\pcltsdk_Vvv\pmon\config.ini to config_pdf.ini
- Rename c:\program files\pagetech\pcltsdk_Vvv\pmon\config_pnt.ini to config.ini
This changes our demo to use PCLPrint instead of converting PCL to PDF with PCLXForm.exe.
- From our Go to Start – Programs – Icon Group “PCLTSDK_Vvv” – Run: PCLTool.exe and exit.
- From our Go to Start – Programs – PCLTSDK_Vvv – Print Capture – Port Monitor -> RUN:”PMon Setup” It will use the renamed config.ini file, install PMon1: and the PCL Transformation Driver.
If your default driver is not the correct driver and want to specify a specific driver – go to the PCL Transformation Driver properties -> Ports -> Port Monitor Configuration dialog and specify (browse/select) the driver you want to print to at the “Print Using” preference.
Print to the PCL Transformation Driver or directly to PMon1:
Run: PCLTool.exe program -> View PCL, then “FastPrint” to the PCL Transformation Driver. It will convert the PCL and print it on the default printer driver. If you want to specify a specific driver – go to the PCL Transformation Driver properties – Ports – Port Monitor Configuration dialog and specify (browse/select) the driver you want to print to at the “Print Using” preference.
Read our Port Monitor Help file for more information and Start – Programs – PCLTSDK_Vvv – Documentation & Help Files – Help Files -> Intro to PageTech Tools for more information PCLPrint.exe.
PCLPrint comes with PCLTool SDK – Option II ($695). However, it’s a 100-user license for applications where the PCL is always coming from the one, same source. It’s for application software vendors to bundle with a product that generates PCL from their controlled source so that we know the PCL will always be compatible.
We can also enhance the PCL on-the-fly by adding logos, overlays, barcodes, etc. And, we can also split the PCL after it’s printed into individual PDF’s for archiving or web presentment. That would require a combination of Option II and Option V ($695) for PCLXForm.exe.