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PCL3 Compatibility

PCL3 Compatibility

PCL3 Compatibility

I have developed print capability on a product at work and it seems to work well with many printers.  I have developed it using PCL5 and it seems to work well on PCL5 printers, but we have recently tested it on some PCL3 inkjets and it does not print.

We generate a chunk of ascii text and sandwich it between a header and a footer that contains some PCL and PJL commands.  (See below)


ASCII text


As I said, this seems to work fine on PCL5 printers, but does not work on PCL3 printers.

Any ideas?


RE: PCL3 Compatibility

Are you sure that the printer IS PCL3 and NOT PCL3GUI? The latter being a windows only variant.

What happens of you remove the PJL wrapper so the file begins and ends with <esc>E


Jim Asman

RE: PCL3 Compatibility

If I remove the PJL wrapper, it still does not print.  However, it is a PCL3 GUI.  So, it makes sense that it does not work.  

I assume that the PCL3 GUI more or less uses an image generated by the PC that is then sent to the printer, somewhat similar to CPL XL?

Thanks for the help.


RE: PCL3 Compatibility

Your assessment is correct. Some DeskJets support both PCL3+ as well as PCL3GUI. Again it is about the price point of the printer.


Jim Asman

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