PCL to PDF File Conversion – PDF File Types

Question:  What types of PDF files can PCLTool SDK create when converting PCL to PDF?

Answer:  Depending on the nature and composition of the input PCL, you will be able to convert it into five different types of PDF files:

PDF
Type
RasterText
Searchable
VectorAll .TTFs
Embedded
Some .TTFs
Embedded
No .TTFs Embedded
ROR
RTRT
VRTEARTVEA
VRTESRTVES
VRTNERTVNE

(RO) Raster Only without Searchable Text: Each PCL page is converted into a compressed raster image PDF page without the ASCII text from the PCL layered underneath the page image. This worst case scenario happens when the PCL consists of all raster data with no text.

(RT) Raster Only with Searchable Text: Each PCL page is converted into a compressed raster image PDF page with the ASCII text from the PCL layered underneath the page image. This happens when the PCL consists of a raster page of the form with text overlay or has complex PCL objects that cannot be converted to vector PDF.

(VRTEA) Vector and Raster Objects with Searchable Text & All Fonts Embedded: All PCL vector line draw and text objects are translated into PDF vector and text. All the fonts referenced in the PCL file are embedded with their TrueType equivalents.

(VRTES) Vector and Raster Objects w/Searchable Text & Some Fonts Embedded: All PCL vector line draw and text objects are translated into PDF vector and text. All the non-Windows core set fonts referenced in the PCL file are embedded with their TrueType equivalents. Window core set fonts consist of: Arial, Courier New, Times New Roman, Symbol and Wingdings.

(VRTNE) Vector and Raster Objects with Searchable Text and No Embedded Fonts: All PCL vector line draw and text objects are translated into PDF vector and text. All the fonts referenced in the PCL file are substituted with Windows resident TrueType fonts. This is usually accomplished by created the appropriate entries in the Font Substitution Map file (PTC32.map). Even when the Courier font (#3) is referenced in the PCL file, it’s better to force a font substitution to the Windows Core Set equivalent Courier New (#4099) because it saves file size by not having to embed our HPCOB .TTF and Courier New is a higher quality font with Delta hinting. This requires expert level knowledge of PCL and our product.

PCLTool SDK Live Evaluation: http://www.pcltools.com/pt700d/

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