The Printer Command Language (PCL) vector format was developed by Hewlett-Packard specifically to allow computers and printers to communicate with each other. The PCL files consists of commands. The HP printers parse and decode those commands. The PCL format also supports HPGL. For more information about HPGL, refer to PLT.
In the raster toolkits, PCL files are rasterized when loaded but cannot be saved. Loading and saving this format as a vector file are provided in the LEADTOOLS Vector Imaging Pro toolkit and are unlocked when the Vector features are unlocked.
LEAD supports version 3.0, 5.0 and 6.0 of this file format.
The default extensions used by this format are: PRN, PRT, PCL and Pxl.
LEADTOOLS supports loading this format as raster image, vector or SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) document.
This format is used by Visual PCL, PCLTOOLS, redtitan EscapE and AutoVue.
This file format does not support layers or grouping, but it does support embedded raster objects.
PCL filter provides support for:
File constants associated with this file format are:
|Constant||Read Support||Write Support||Description|
|FILE_PCL||Yes||Yes|| Printer Command Language Hewlett Packard.|
|FILE_PLT||Yes||Yes|| HPGL Hewlett-Packard.|
|FILE_PCLXL||Yes||No|| Printer Command Language XL/6- Hewlett Packard.|
|FILE_PCL_TEXT_AS_POLYLINE||Yes||Yes|| Used to enforce saving text as polyline.|
When PCL files are rasterized, they are 24 BPP. You can read and write vector PCL files at 24 BPP.
When PLT files are rasterized, they are 4 BPP.
The following table indicates which objects LEAD can load and which objects it can save:
Required DLLs and Libraries
Medical Web Viewer .NET
.NET, Java, Android, and iOS/macOS Assemblies
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