Today the PDF file format is widely used to generate portable documents.

By converting the PCL - Printer Command Language  data stream (5 and 6, color and mono)  into the PDF format, ELP is able to archive and/or PreView any document in PDF format, as well to send it by e-mail or Fax.

The Rule assistant offers therefore easy to use menus or just check button to activate it.

The used PDF converter is already installed in a demo version, printing in unlicensed mode generates just a watermark on every PDF page. The converter is licensed  once per server, and ELP usually needs the SND module license.

There is one key to configure, how ELP has to convert the data stream, and the default settings are

PDF_Arguments=-dVersion:14 -z -*c -*d -*e -q -g

For color data streams and related to the used driver, it is sometimes pretty tricky to get good color proved results. In that case maybe print the stream to file (need help) and try for best results, using the installed Windows based GUI. Simply change the setting parameters before running the next  conversion.

The full documentations are available at "Installation path e.g. c:\Program Files (x86)\WELP\pdfgen\pdf\Documents\LincPDF\LincPDFContrl.doc" here just a list of the most important ones:

-a Write PDF streams in ASCII format
-b Use form feed for bad ESC command
-e Output non-editable PDF file
-f Do not embed PCL fonts
-g Ignore RG macro ID
-j Use old font substitution
-k Select blend mode in PDF 1.4 (0~16)
-l Start parser in HPGL mode
-m Do not use font mapping
-n:num Set constant alpha value in PDF 1.4 (0.0~1.0)
-q Replace pattern with gray/color fill
-r:num Select Encoding (0-Standard,1-Roman,2-Ansi)
-s Ignore Redundant Font ID
-t Use 14 standard PDF fonts
-u3 Emulate 300 DPI printers
-ua[1-10] Create PDF/A output and use [1-10]th ICC Profile. See ICC


Profiles for details:

-v View the result PDF file
-w see "Watermark Options" for details
-x Duplex printing for even pages output
-z Allow edge-to-edge printing


Document Information:

-dTitle:$s PDF Title
-dSubject:$s PDF Subject
-dAuthor:$s PDF Author
-dKeywords:$s PDF Keywords
-dVersion:num

PDF Version (multiply by 10)


Page Setup:

-pWidth:num Page Width (required only if Page Type is Custom)
-pHeight:num Page Height (required only if Page Type is Custom)
-pXOff:num Page X Offset (see also Measurement)
-pYOff:num Page Y Offset (see also Measurement)
-pMeasure:num Page Measurement (0-inch, 1-mm, 2-point)
-pOrient:num Page Orientation (0-Portrait, 1-Landscape)
-pType:num Page Type (0-Letter, 1-A4, 2-B5, 3-Legal, 4-Exec., 5~8-Env., 9-Tabloid, 10-A3, 11-Custom, 12-A5)


PCL Font Options:

-cPoint:num PCL Font Point (0.25~999.75)
-cPitch:num PCL Font Pitch (0.1~576)
-cNumber:num PCL Font Number (0~1000)
-cSymbolSet:$s PCL Font SymbolSet (e.g. 8U-US, 10U-EU)
-cSource:num PCL Font Source (0-internal, 1-left, 2-right, 3-soft)
-cTextPath:num PCL Font TextPath (0-horizontal, 1-vertical)
-cEncoding:num PCL Font Encoding (see Encoding in LincPDFContrl.doc)


Watermark Options:

-wApply:num Watermark Apply to (0-Whole, 1-Por~Land, 2-Odd~Even,3-1st~Rest)
-wType:num Watermark Type (0-Text, 1-Image)
-wFont:num Watermark Font type (0~13)
-wStr:$s Watermark Text String
-wSize:num Watermark Font Size (1~1000)
-wGray:num Watermark Text Grayscale (0-darkest ~ 100-lightest)
-wDir:num Watermark Text Direction (0~7)
-wPath:$s Watermark Image File Path
-wPos:num Watermark Image Position (0~2)


Hints:

  • When printing with Acrobat Reader Professional the PDF converted files, sometimes display flattening IS SEEN on the screen and it takes ages to print the file. Solution to this: When a PDF file includes transparencies, Acrobat must "flatten" the image, in order to put all of the "layers" into one layer.
    Acrobat Professional includes an option for varying the degree of flattening. Acrobat Standard and Reader do not have this option. Here are some information on the Adobe website.
    In most cases move the described slide to the left and the speed will improve the behavior of Acrobat printing speed and the visual appearance.
  • By default the PDF converter uses the same unprintable area like the LaserJet (4Plus). When you have a Edge2Edge printed data stream, also setup the PDF_Argument in the rules section. Then beside the conversion to PDF 13. also E2E printing is enabled.