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Conversion Tools: Printer Languages


PCL Tool SDK is a collection of tools for converting complex PCL text, raster and vector files into bitmap formats PDF, DIB, PCX, DCX, BMP, JPG, PNG, TIF, and XPS; or into vector formats PDF, PDF/A, GDI, WMF and EMF with metrically matching TrueType fonts for those fonts in the PCL print file.

PCL Works

PCL Works is the perfect GUI solution for viewing, converting and debugging today's PCL print streams. Quickly and easily convert PCL into very small JBIG2 compressed raster or vector/text PDF and PDF/A files, as well as TIF, PNG, BMP, JPG, XPS, DCX, PCX, WMF, and EMF formats. PCL Works is the most powerful GUI converter of PCL3 thru PCL6/XL on the market today.


SwiftConvert is a converter of PCL, HPGL, and TIFF to PDF, TIFF and other distribution formats. Integrate high-volume batch conversion into your server-based application or workflow. Or convert groups of files without programming using the simple Multi-File Windows Utility.


ASCII Linux tool pr


Ghostscript (Postscript -> N.N.)


pbm2ppa: A Ghostscript PBM converter for printing to HP
platform: Linux


pdf2ps (PS <-> PDF - Adobe Portable Document Format)
platform: Linux


a2ps (ASCII -> PS)
platform: Linux


txtbdf2ps is a small, self-contained Perl script that converts ASCII text files into Postscript using a given bitmap (BDF) font. (The character bitmaps are embedded into the PS file as a Type 3 font.) Features include justified paragraphs, adjustable margins, and a slim & simple resulting PS.
platform: Linux and others (Perl)
license: Public Domain


a2ps: An Any to PostScript converter
platform: Linux


The TeX DVI to PostScript converter
platform: Linux


A TeX (dvi) to ASCII converter
platform: Linux


catdvi translates a TeX Device Independent (DVI) file into a readable plaintext file. It is intended as a superior free replacement for the dvi2tty utility.
platform: Linux
license: GPL


Tool to convert dvi files
platform: Linux


txt2pdf is a very flexible and powerful PERL5 program. It's a converter from text files to PDF format files. Every URL https: file: ldap: news: inside the text document will be converted to a PDF link. platform: Linux and other OSs with PERL5 license: shareware


txt2pdf.cgi is a flexible Perl cgi-bin application based on txt2pdf. It allows you to enter your text document in a form and immediately transform it in a PDF document. license: shareware


COLD is a tool to convert old LyX documents to the new version of LyX
platform: Linux


eg: Expert Guide, a text mode Norton Guide reader for Linux
platform: Linux

GNU Enscript

GNU Enscript converts text files to PostScript and spools generated PostScript output to  the specified printer or leaves it to file. If no input files are given, enscript processes standard input. Enscript can be extended to handle different output media and it has many options which can be used to customize printouts.platform: Linux

Paai's Text Utilities

Paai's Text Utilities: A collection of programs and Unix-scripts useful for playing with text-files platform: Linux


PostShop: A software provides fast installation and color PostScript Printing with the lowest cost Inkjet and PCL Printers
platform: Linux


Quikscript: A PostScript text formatting/typesetting program
platform: Linux


RTF-Tools: A set of RTF (Rich Text Format) translation tools
platform: Linux


Sgrep: Sgrep (structured grep) is a tool for searching text files and filtering text streams for structured criteria. Sgrep implements a query language based on so called region expressions. Like grep, sgrep can be used for any kind of text files. However it is most useful for text files containing some kind of structured text. A file containing structured text could be defined as a file, which obeys some syntax. Examples of structured text files are SGML, HTML, C, Tex and mail files. platform: Linux
license: GPL


textps: A program which generates PostScript from ordinary text.
platform: Linux


TPROC: A simple utility that handles processing of Text Files
platform: Linux


troffcvt: A translator that turns troff input into a form that can be more easily processed
platform: Linux


Vprint A text formatter similar to troff-like formatters
platform: Linux


The t1utils package is a revision of I. Lee Hetherington's beloved t1utils package for manipulating PostScript Type 1 fonts. It consists of utilities to change PFB (binary) fonts into PFA (ASCII) format for printing (and back), to translate fonts into a human-readable and -editable format (and back) and to translate a Type 1 font in Mac format into PFB or PFA.
platform: Linux
license: BSD type


PStill is a PostScript-to-PDF converter featuring Type 1 font embedding, PDF-1.2 compatible compression and more. All *NIX command line versions may be used freely for private and educational purposes. PStill 1.20 is currently available for Linux/Intel, Solaris/Sparc and IRIX 6.x/MIPS and can be downloaded from N.N.

Also available on the page is the current Windows release 1.06 which is now based on the same engine as the *NIX versions, the fully supported Mac OS X program, the NeXTSTEP/OpenStep releases and older versions for FreeBSD and HPUX. PStill 1.20 too will be ported to FreeBSD, HPUX and BeOS and perhaps others.
platform: Linux


docbook2X is the collective name for a bunch of tools for converting DocBook documents into the traditional Unix documentation formats roff -man pages and GNU Texinfo.
platform: Linux


asa reads text with ASA carriage control characters from the files specified as its command line arguments, or standard input if none are specified, and converts them into line printer control sequences.
platform: Linux
license: GPL


The Pscript Document Publishing system consists of a PostScript to text converter that also extracts table of contents and page numbers from the PostScript document, a set of scripts to create images from a PostScript file, a configurable CGI program to display the output of the above tools as HTML pages on the Web, and some other related useful utilities and scripts.
platform: Linux
license: OpenSource


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