EscapeE is capable of reading files in a wide range of formats, including specialist files such as those with non-standard extensions, see Configuring the input format. When a file is open you may just view the layout and print sample pages or you can opt to export all or part of a job to another format.
You can view the pages at a range of different sizes using the Zoom buttons or the menu command, see Choosing the view of the page. You may customize the Viewing options: for example, to use the current viewing scale each time you open a file. The filename is usually shown in the title-bar at the top of the window.
Details about the page are displayed in the status bar at the foot of the window, though you can opt to turn this off. Normally, when the mouse is over the page window, its coordinates on the page are displayed (in the units of your choice). To view details about a particular piece of text or a graphic on the page, right-click on the object then choose from the pop-up menu. See Viewing page information.
You may choose whether to show any images or shaded areas on-screen or not: see Handling graphics. If your PCL file contains macros which you cannot see on screen, you can opt to view the macros step by step.
Many PCL printers do not print exactly to the edge of the paper; EscapeE lets you see if any part of the page will not print: see Viewing the unprintable area. The maximum size of page that EscapeE will display is 32760 pixels wide by 32760 pixels high.
The Console notebook brings together the document's technical information: click the Information icon on the Tool-bar (below the title-bar). Each tabbed page focuses on a different aspect of the job: its Properties, Source code, PJL, Log and Error messages. Further tabs are added when Intelligent Document Format files are being created and edited, see About Composite documents and IDF.
The demonstration version of EscapeE uses Windows TrueType® fonts to emulate the resident printer fonts but the production version can be supplied with outline fonts which are a better match, see Handling fonts.