Viewing PCL files (Was: viewing postscript (.prn) files)

Subject: Viewing PCL files (Was: viewing postscript (.prn) files)
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- FS -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 14:10:26 +0800

Fred Ridder said:
> I think you'll find several postings in the archives if you search on
> GhostView. If I recall correctly, it's primarily a UNIX tool.

Well it _originated_ on Unix, but AFAIK the Windows & Mac versions are
full ports and should work correctly. On Unix you have ability to pipe
the PS through various filters. That's the main difference I can see.

Chou said:
> i could never get it to work on my wintel machine. any suggestions?

I got the distribution in three parts: the GhostScript interpreter, the
GSview viewer, and the font packages. Maybe you were missing one part?

Back to Fred:
> If the file in question is PCL rather than PostScript, I'm not sure
> there's much you can do with it other than make a hard copy on an H-P
> printer.

Attached are some details of PCL viewers I found on the Net last year.

Stuart Burnfield "Drinking outside of the box"
Functional Software Pty Ltd
mailto:slb -at- fs -dot- com -dot- au

SwiftView < > is your on-line document and drawing
access solution...

SwiftView makes it easy to provide real documents and drawings to
your department, your company, your customers or the entire world.
SwiftView is a "viewer" of PCL, HPGL, TIFF, JPEG and other electronic
formats. SwiftView is a powerful electronic document access solution
for LAN's, intranets and the Internet. SwiftView is easy to use,
install and support - complete payback comes in days.

Northern Development Group, Inc.
7100 SW Hampton St., Suite 207
Portland, Oregon 97223 USA
Phone: (503) 620-0196, Fax: (503) 639-8466

Visual PCL < >

For the first time you can quickly and easily view your LaserJet PCL
print files on-screen in Windows! Using the power of 32 bit software
Visual PCL will read and display multi-page PCL5e print files on-
screen often faster than they can be printed. Zoom in and out, pan
up and down, flip from page to page. Then fax all or selected pages
using standard Windows fax software including WinFax and Exchange.

Visual Software
15 Cleardene, Dorking, Surrey RH4 2BY, United Kingdom
Telephone and Fax +44 1306 742 425
Internet E-mail geddes -at- visual -dot- co -dot- uk

SoftJet PCL Viewer < >

Converts the PCL escape code, raster graphics and bitmapped soft fonts
into a "What you see is what you get" format from the DOS command line.
Call the EXE from within your application to display the PCL file on
the screen. No licensing fees for distributing with your software.
Portrait only. (DOS WYSISWYG software)

PageView - A PostScript and PCL5e Viewer
< >

... displays both PostScript and PCL5e documents and runs as a Windows
95 or NT application. PageView can display up to 4 multipage documents
at once, at magnifications from 10% to 800%. It includes standard
printer fonts and can utilize any PostScript or PCL5e fonts, including
Asian character sets.

PageView includes an API and can be integrated with other programs. Its
PostScript and PCL5e viewing capabilities are also available separately.

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