JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12 Posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1336 times:
I work in a Mac environment and am looking for an easy way to print Mac-native Quark files to PCL format. I have found nothing for the Mac that will do that. I do have a PC with Quark, but opening the files and printing to PCL is a pain in the ass. I can distill the Quark file to PDF on a Mac, open in Acrobat on the PC and print to PCL (a little easier), but what I want to do is take the PDF file, drag & drop it from a Mac to a networked print queue where the PC automatically prints to PCL. Can this be done? Thanks.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1317 times:
I need a PCL file (from a Quark MacOS file). I don't do anything with it except pass it along to someone else.
I do have Panther, but cannot figure out how to print to the PCL file. The only options I get when printing to file is Postscript, EPS or PDF. Can you suggest a printer driver that allows me to print to PCL?
Charlib52 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 164 posts, RR: 19 Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1311 times:
If you want to print to a PCL you'll of course have to install a HP Laserjet driver on your system. I would try an older laserjet driver first (Say, Laserjet III or 4) as they will tend to have PCL embedded more in their driver (some current models don't even have PCL any more) Then instead of directing it to a specific port (such as USB, etc...) on installation, there should be an option to direct it to "file:" You have to choose that printer when you want to print. then name the file and save it and the result *should* be a PCL file. This worked on old macs for me (I used it to send the file to a plotter on occasion), but unfortunately i haven't had a Mac in a while with the new OS X stuff.
Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16313 posts, RR: 87 Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1302 times:
Panther's CUPS drivers are PCL compatible, but I don't know how to make it print PCL to a file. I can make it print to PDF or PostScript.
Let me ask you this. What does that person do with it? Is this a process you can change? PCL files are virtually useless compared to PDF or EPS, there's nothing you can do with them that's especially great.
If this is just the way things are then I totally understand, it just sounds odd to me.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12 Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1291 times:
Char, I've tried several HP drivers, but not sure how old they are. Maybe I'll search for something very old and see what happens. The PC they gave us has the LJ III driver, but the Mac version only offers PS, EPS and PDF.
Gigneil, I don't have confidence I can change the backend process, but will go that long route if I can't find a simple front-end work-around. The process is done on an old proprietary I/O system. The PCL files are used to create an output layout template for forms. I'm guessing its old technology is the reason they want PCL. I've already asked them to accept everything else including TIF, but they say they need PCL. The good news is a new system is being developed to replace the old and it may change things, but the migration will take over a year.