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Need Help From A PC/Mac Person

Wed Aug 11, 2004 5:55 am

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.
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RE: Need Help From A PC/Mac Person

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:30 am

Can you save it as an EPS and go from there?
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RE: Need Help From A PC/Mac Person

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:37 am

I don't understand the problem. What is the destination you desire, a PCL file or a PCL printer?

What would you then do with this PCL file?

Macs have no problem printing to PCL printers, assuming you have a modern version of Mac OS X. Otherwise you're stuck with EPS or a PostScript printer.

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RE: Need Help From A PC/Mac Person

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:57 am

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?
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RE: Need Help From A PC/Mac Person

Wed Aug 11, 2004 7:59 am

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.
 
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RE: Need Help From A PC/Mac Person

Wed Aug 11, 2004 9:54 am

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.

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RE: Need Help From A PC/Mac Person

Wed Aug 11, 2004 1:48 pm

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.
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RE: Need Help From A PC/Mac Person

Wed Aug 11, 2004 2:33 pm

The PC they gave us has the LJ III driver, but the Mac version only offers PS, EPS and PDF.


Without Classic, you're SOL. You'd have to run a classic version of Quark with a Classic printer driver, and see if it works out.

I am shocked, SHOCKED that your version of Quark doesn't support a native export to PCL. Perhaps merge to PCL?

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RE: Need Help From A PC/Mac Person

Wed Aug 11, 2004 10:45 pm

I have both Quark 4 for Classic and Quark 6 for OSX. I'll do some digging and figure out if it exports to PCL.
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