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Hi all ,

             I want to convert pcl to ascii. Can any one help me in this regard.

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Pralay
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Is this a print file that you want to convert or what is the situation? If you just want to get ascii output from a file, you could set it to print to a text-only printer, and then do "print to file".

Windows O/S assumed.

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I am unfamiliar with pcl. What is it?
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Normally it is PrinterCommandLanguage - used by HP for deskjets and laserjets in different versions. Of course, lacking more details, it may be anything.

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That is like asking how do I convert a BMP to a text file.
It is not easy as there are many "flavours" of PCL (5e being most common).

Probably your best bet would be a program like:

http://www.rjssoftware.com/pclpdf400.htm

which will convert the PCl file to an Adobe PDf file. You can then copy/paste the text out of the document or read it on screen.

The reason it's a pain to do is that PCL files contain mostly Bitmap (image) data and lay out information, and for all intensive purposes you can not display bitmap data in a text file.

However if you want to print the file, that is quite easy.

Assuming you have a printer on printer port 1 (paralell port 1 - LPT1) and that file is called c:\temp\print.PCL then you can do the following at the comand prompt.

copy c:\temp\print.pcl lpt1
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Another good program for this is EscapeE:
http://www.pclviewer.com/
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Another good program for this is EscapeE:
http://www.pclviewer.com/
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