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Updated Sept 5 2003

The PCL Page

This page is here to assist you with various aspects of PCL code
 
 

1.  What does all this mean to me?

2.  How can I use the information in this page?

3.  How can I obtain the PCL escape codes for my Canon printer?

4.  I'd like the PCL codes for a standard HP PCL 5 printer.

5.  I need references for PCL 5 and PCL 6 technology.

6.  I need a PCL viewer to see PCL jobs or view PCL code data.

7.  I need the escape codes for Paper Source for my GP/iR product


For those of you looking for more info on PCL, there is a basic tutorial here

1.  What does all this mean to me?

In most cases, the customer prints to our printers with a printer driver.  The driver sends the interprets the Print job and sends the correct PCL code to the printer.
In some cases however, (Dos, AS/400, Unix...) a specific Canon driver is not available.
In these situations, the customer must manually create their print jobs with correctly inserted PCL code for their specific requirements.
All Canon Black and White printers are based on HP PCL5e language (HP LaserJet 4si).  In most cases these codes are all the customer requires.
In some cases, PCL code specific to the Canon printer may be needed.
Canon supplies PCL code in user manuals and by electronic distribution.
It is up to the customer to create their print jobs with the supplied PCL code.  In most cases, a PCL programmer will be required.
Please ensure the customer is aware that Canon will not supply PCL programming services.


2.  How can I use the information in this page?

1.    Use the links on this page to learn about PCL code technology.
2.    Then get the PCL code specific to your requirements.
3.    If you are unsure of the exact code you need, sometimes printing from a Windows printer driver to "file" and viewing the code can give you clues.
4.    Now that you know the required PCL code, it must be included (Inserted or appended) with the customers print job.  It must be in the beginning of the job.
       (You will need to refer to the Customers Admin. or programmer for this step)
5.    Links in this page provide you with PCL viewers that make testing your code really easy and paper free.
6.    Send the code to the printer and hope all goes well.


3.  How can I obtain the PCL escape codes for my Canon printer?
 

Product

PCL Escape Codes

GP 30/55 GP200F(Canon)

User Manual**

GP 200E (EFI)

Available from Canon*

iR 330/400

Available from Canon*

iR 550/600

Available from Canon*

Ir 5000

Available from Canon*

LBP 1760

User Manual**

LBP 2460

User Manual**

LBP 3170/3175

User Manual**

*PDF's available for Faxing/E-mailing
**PCL escape codes location in back of User's printer documentation

I'm not to sure about products not yet in this chart.


4.  I'd like the PCL codes for a standard HP PCL 5 printer
5.  I need references for PCL 5 and PCL 6 technology

 
 
 

Here is a chart outlining links to PCL technology
 
 

Title

Web Page

Comments

HP LaserJet 5000 Printer Family - Printer Commands

http://www.hp.com/cposupport/printers/support_doc/bpl04632.html

Start Here!
A great starter PCL page
Explains PCL/HPGL/PJL language
Entering Escape characters
Basic Escape codes

HP LaserJet Printers - PCL Commands, Basic Page Formatting, and Font Selection

http://www.hp.com/cposupport/printers/support_doc/bpl02705.html

This document lists the HP LaserJet Printer Command Language (PCL) printer commands for basic page formatting and font selection.

HP LaserJet Printers - PCL (Printer Command Language)

http://www.hp.com/cposupport/printers/support_doc/bpl04568.html

This document will help you understand Printer Command Language (PCL), its history and architecture, and the printer commands.

HP PCL 6: Innovating On A Standard

http://www.hp.com/

A PCL 6 information page

HP Introduces Next Generation Printer Language

http://www.hp.com/

A PCL 6 information page


6.  I need a PCL viewer to see PCL jobs or view PCL code data

Here are some links to some PCL viewers and tools.  These tools can be used to view PCL print jobs (Printed to File) as they would appear on the printed page.
Some of the tools allow you to see the interpreted raw PCL code in an easy to read format.
 
 

Title

Web Page

Comments

PostScript, PCL5e, and PDF conversion software for fax, display, print and Internet applications, on Windows 95/98/NT, Sun Solaris, and SCO UNIX.

www.lincolnco.com

Has Demo PCL or PS viewer

FormView  is a limited-time program that Indexes, Searches, Retrieves, Converts, Views and Prints Hewlett Packard Printer Control Language (PCL®) print files. 

www.pcltools.com

Contains PCLCODES.EXE (Freeware) 
A PCL code tool making PCL interpretation easy.

SwiftView is the easy way to publish, distribute, view and print electronic documents and drawings.

www.swiftview.com

A very simple PCL viewer
1 Month free Evaluation


7.  I need the escape codes for Paper Source for my GP/iR product.

We get this question alot.  Here is a quick reference for you.
 

GP 200E iR 330/400 iR550/600

Paper Source

PCL Code  (l is a lower case L)

Auto Select

Esc&l7H

Drawer 1

Esc&l8H

Drawer 2

Esc&l4H

Drawer 3

Esc&l5H

Drawer 4

Esc&l20H

Drawer 5

Esc&l21H

Drawer 6

Esc&l22H

Side Paper Deck

Esc&l23H

Envelope Feeder

Esc&l6H

Manual Env. Feed

Esc&l3H

Manual Feed/Stack Bypass

Esc&l2H

Main Paper Source - as defined in Copier Setup

Esc&l1H


 

GP 30/55/200F

Paper Source

PCL Code (l is a lower case L)

Auto Select

Esc&l39H

Drawer 1

Esc&l1H

Drawer 2

Esc&l4H

Drawer 3

Esc&l33H

Drawer 4

Esc&l34H

Drawer 5

Esc&l35H

Drawer 6

Esc&l36H (Not available on GP30/55)

Side Paper Deck

Esc&l5H (Not supported on the GP 200F))

Envelope Feeder

Esc&l6H (Not supported)

Manual Env. Feed

Esc&l3H

Manual Feed/Stack Bypass

Esc&l2H


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