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PCL Printing Resource Page

Welcome to the IntelliTech International Printer Control Language (PCL) page. This page is a resource for users of the Hewlett Packard printer control language, HP PCL5, in conjunction with IntelliBar bar code label printers.

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PCL History

Hewlett Packard developed HP PCL 3 in 1984 for their first Laser Jet printer and continually improved HP PCL to provide advanced printer functionality for their evolving product line of LaserJet printers. Each PCL iteration includes all of the functionality of previous PCL versions to ensure backwards compatibility. Today, HP PCL is the most widely used industry standard printer command language and virtually any computer system is able to communicate to LaserJet printers.

Hewlett Packard released HP PCL 5 in 1990 to support the LaserJet III. This version of PCL included support for scalable fonts and also included HP GL/2, the control language used for HP's CAD plotters that provides vector graphics support. HP PCL5 (in conjunction with HP GL/2) supports mono spaced and proportionally spaced fonts, rotated fonts, scalable fonts, filled/shadowed/mirrored fonts, downloaded fonts and downloaded predesigned forms and overlays.

IntelliBar PCL Printers

IntelliBar printers use HP PCL5 as a primary command language. Thus, IntelliBar printers emulate Hewlett Packard LaserJet III printers and fully support all HP PCL5 and HP GL/2 functions. Additionally, IntelliTech International has developed PCL extensions to HP PCL5 that support the resident bar code fonts and thermal printer functions of IntelliBar printers. For more information about the IntelliBar standard series of PCL printers visit the IntelliBar Standard Series page.

Resource Links

The following links provide introductory information about PCL, how it is used in conjunction with various operating systems, details about the IntelliBar PCL extensions and some related tools and applications.

    INTELLIBAR BAR CODE LABEL PRINTERS
    Selection guide for IntelliBar bar code label printers.

    ABOUT PCL
    Basic introduction to the history of PCL.

    PCL DETAILS
    This site provides a good grounding of PCL particulars.

    PCL EXTENSIONS FOR THE INTELLIBAR PRINTER (.PDF)
    See page 21 for the IntelliBar PCL command extensions to HP PCL5 that provide functionality to access resident bar code fonts and thermal printer configurations. These extensions will be of interest to systems administrators for remote printer management and to developers of label printing applications.

    USE PCL UNDER LINUX
    This site contains information about printing with PCL under the LINUX operating system.

    PRINTING PCL FROM POSTSCRIPT USING GHOSTSCRIPT
    Home Page for Ghostscript, an interpreter for the PostScript language and for PDF, and related software and documentation.

    PCL DEVELOPMENT TOOLS
    This is the site for Page Tech, a developer of software libraries that focus on PCL imaging-oriented technologies that may be used in printing, document imaging, archiving, viewing or faxing applications.

    DISTRIBUTABLE PCL
    This is the site for SwiftView a producer of distributable PCL electronic document or drawing viewing and printing software.