pcltiff - render and Convert PCL-4/5 to TIFF-F

pcltiff [ options ] files

pcltiff converts a PCL-4/5 file into a raster image stored in a TIFF file. If the -o option is not used to name an output file, the output file is named by taking the input file name and adding .tif. If the filename already ends in a "." extension, then the extension is replaced with .tif. No input file or a file with the name `-' implies standard input.


Appends to an existing TIFF file (otherwise overwrites existing file). The file is created if it does not already exist.
Produces high (fine) resolution output (204 d.p.i. horizontally and 196 d.p.i. vertically). This is the default.
Produces low (standard) resolution output (204 d.p.i. horizontally and 98 d.p.i. vertically).
-o file
Uses the named file as the TIFF output file.
-O overlay-file
Uses the named file (which must be a TIFF-F image in either standard or fine resolution) as the letterhead overlay. If the overlay file contains only one TIFF image, this image is overlayed on every page rendered by asciitiff. If the overlay file contains more than one TIFF image, the first image is overlayed on the first page rendered by asciitiff, and the second overlay file image is overlayed on every subsequent page rendered by asciitiff.
-P page-number
Changes asciitiff's idea of the current page number, thus affecting which overlay TIFF page is overlayed. For example, asciitiff -O ovfile -P 2 ... causes asciitiff to overlay the second page of ovfile on every page rendered by asciitiff. This option only makes sense when used with the above -O option and with a multi-page overlay file.
-s size
Sets the size of the page to be created. The value may be suffixed by i to indicate inches (the default), c for centimeters, or p for pixels.
Trims trailing whitespace from the bottom of each page.
Enables verbose output.

In the interests of performance and cost, the PCL-5 interpreter does not implement the entire PCL-5 control language. In particular, the control sequences related to the print model, and HP-GL graphics are not implemented. Note also that because of the large number of fonts supported, the PCL interpreter does not support partial font specification using font selection priority. It is recommended that fonts be selected by specifying all important font characteristics (i.e. symbol set, spacing, pitch, height, style, stroke weight, and typeface).

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