What are the best Windows LaserJet PCL printer settings for
If you are trying to use Pcl2pdf to convert Windows print
files generated by LaserJet PCL printer drivers then there are a few
tips here which may help. First, use a standard
LaserJet III or 4 printer driver if possible. We've also had
feedback that the straight LaserJet 5 driver can work well.
The default Windows LaserJet PCL printer drivers are written and
provided by Microsoft. Hewlett-Packard
do write their own for the LaserJet 4, 5, 6,
4000, 5000 and 8000 range of printers and often these provide
more printer specific functionality and better PCL code output.
You can download HP's own Windows NT PCL drivers from
LaserJet PCL 5e Drivers for HP LaserJet 4, 5, and 6 Series Printers and
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Also check out their main web site at
Windows XP, Vista and 7
We recommend disabling the HP-GL/2
"vector" graphics output from your printer driver. You
can do this by altering your Windows printer driver's configuration
as detailed here. Use Windows Control Panel, open the Printers
folder and right click on the printer driver required. Which method
works best will then depend on what options your driver offers:-
Try selecting Printing
Preferences... and then the button
Advanced... There could be
several options to try though not all obvious. Look for the
Document Options section.
Try disabling either of Advanced
Printing Features or Print
Or try the settings from the attached screen grab for the
driver's Advanced Options
(from Printing Preferences).
Set TrueType font to
Substitute... and disable
Windows 95, 98, ME and NT
The screen displays shown below illustrate how you can also
reconfigure your driver to give optimal output for Pcl2pdf. You may find that your driver has its screens laid out
differently but look around for similar options.
To get to these screen use Window's
Start/Settings/Printer menu option, right-click on the
PCL printer driver and choose Properties.
On Windows NT you may instead have to double-click on the driver to
open it and then select Printer/Document
a) Setup the driver to use raster
graphics and not HP-GL/2 vector graphics:-
b) Setup the driver to download
TrueType fonts and bitmap soft fonts, not scalable:-