PDF to PCL Conversion – PCL to PDF Knowledge Base

Question:  How do I convert a PDF file into a PCL print file?

Answer:  PCL file format is the format for printers and computers to talk to each other.  PCL format, which stands for Printer Command Language, was developed by Hewlett-Packard.  PCL is the standard print format for HP LaserJet-compatible printers.

Most people ask how to go from PDF to PCL because they want to create a PCL Form Overlay from a form in PDF format.  If you have a PDF file that you want to convert to PCL format, you can convert from PDF to PCL by using the print to file option in the PCL Pinter Driver.

Steps to create a generic Windows print (.PRN) file from your PDF file:

  1. Open the PDF file

    Printer Properties - Select Print to file

    Printer Properties – Select Print to file

  2. Click to print the file.  When a Print dialog window opens locate the “Print to file” option and select it.
  3. Click “OK” and a Print to File dialog box will open.  In the File Name box you will see your file’s name with a “.prn” extension following it.
  4. Select the location where you want your .prn file to be saved, and then click “Save.”
  5. This creates a Windows temporary print stream in PCL format, but is NOT SUITABLE for use as a PCL overlay.

To create a PCL Form Overlay or Logo Overlay refer to the instructions found at http://pclhelp.com/pcl-form-overlay-and-logo-macros/create-pcl-form-overlay-logo-overlay/

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