Exporting files to PCL

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To export files to PCL

1.Choose Export... from the 'File' menu.
2.Select the page range you want to export.
3.Select Discard file list if you want same-named files to be overwritten - see File List.
4.Choose HP PCL as the 'Format'.
5.Enter a filename (with extension .PCL) or use wildcards. To select a different folder to store the file, use the Browse button.
6.Click PCL options... to set options for PCL export.
7.Tick the Force monochrome checkbox if required.
8.If you have data fields set up in the document, select the format for the Log file: see options for Log file export.
9.Click OK.


PCL files that have been repeatedly edited and updated often accumulate redundant code and unnecessary font downloads. By running such a PCL source file through HP PCL 'Export' you can reprocess the file and produce tidy, efficient code again. If you need to copy the PCL code without reprocessing, choose 'subset' as the export format - see Saving pages to a PCL file.

EscapeE output always orders the elements in the document so that 'solid' elements (e.g. graphics) occur before 'open' elements (e.g. text). This ensures that modern colour printers (which use patterns of coloured and white dots to render shaded areas), always place text and drawn lines on top of any opaque elements. You may override this feature by selecting the 'Keep original element order option.

As with PS and PDF export, compression, string combination and 'graphic'/'graphic with text' options are available.

Each page in a document may be used to create a new 'macro' using the Export HP PCL format. See To set options for PCL export.

See also

Saving pages to a PCL file

Export formats