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Convert PCL5 coded files to GIF

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I  have files created by old Qbasic programs using PCL5 codes. Faxworks has a  program that converted them to DCX files that I could fax.  I now need to put them
on the Internet and need a PCL5 to GIF converter.  I have searched  everywhere.  Can anyone help me?  I have 15 years of programs with these  codes.
Thank you
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You might find this site of interest
http://www.lincolnco.com/
The company produces software from PCL5 to TIFF which any decent image editor will be able to handle and convert.
It has downloadable demos, but I don't know what they count as a demo.  If the demo will get the image on screen in some way you can always use the Print Screen button to capture the image and paste it into an image editor.
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Here's another site that has some PCL related freeware stuff.
http://www.pcltools.com/propt0.htm

I suspect you might not be able to go directly from PCL5 to GIF.

Hope you find what you need.

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http://www.lincolnco.com/demos.htm

Having looked at this again I'm pretty certain it has what you need, so I'm submitting this as an answer.
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by:Jill050298
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I have tried all the suggestions - PCTOOLS says they did have
a PCL5 to GIF converter, but discontinued it because the company that did the conversion for GIF started charging for it's use.  I have tried Keyview and JASC, but they say they do not have the conversion.  One group said they had a way to get PCL5 to DIB (I believe that's right), and then use another program to go to GIF.  I did find a way to convert PCL5 to PCX then use JASC to convert PCX to GIF, but since this is a constant daily use, I surely would like to go straight from PCL5 to GIF.  Will offer the rest of my points for help in this.
Thank you,
Jill
smssurvey@aol.com
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I have tried all the suggestions, but still need a converter
that I can run from a batch file or script.
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Sorry,
I can't offer any more help on this subject, but If I find anything on the web during my surfing i'll let your know.
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by:Jill050298
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Thank you for your continued interest, Vlad.  I appreciate
it.  I have Paint Shop Pro 5 and can convert from PCX to
GIF by clicking on Batch processing, but can't find a
way to make the conversion from a batch file or a script.
I need to run the conversion each time a graph is created,
without the need for someone to run Paint Shop.
Jill
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You might find an old DOS program called Image Alchemy of interest.  It's basic purpose in life is to convert graphics files from one format to another, it's command line driven and it handles wildcards.

I tracked it down at
http://www.chips.navy.mil/oasys/graphics/files.html
but I'm sure it can be found elsewhere.

I have never tried it personally, so I can't be certain it will meet you needs.

Vlad
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by:Jill050298
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Dear Vlad,
You are so thoughtful to keep trying to help me.  I could us
a DOS program, so I am going to the site you suggested
immediately.
Thank you,
Jill
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