pcl3opts — determine options for the ghostscript driver pcl3
from a PCL‐3+ file

     pcl3opts [‐o output_file]  [input_file ...]

     The command pcl3opts is intended to help in determining
which options one should use when calling ghostscript using
pcl3 for driving a PCL‐3+ printer.  It analyzes one or more
PCL input_files and issues on the output_file its best guess
as to which options one should specify in order to produce
files using a similar configuration.  The default
output_file is standard output.  If no input_files are
specified, the command reads from standard input.

     This command is mostly of interest if you have access
to PCL files generated by software provided by the printer’s
manufacturer, for example if you have a manufacturer‐
supplied Microsoft Windows driver for your printer.  In that
case you can generate a few files under Windows using
different settings and let pcl3opts examine them.

     Note that pcl3opts cannot guarantee that the collection
of options it proposes leads to a file which is understood
by the printer.  It can merely provide a best guess.

     In addition, some settings require interpretation of
the page contents in order to properly translate them into
options for pcl3 and some cannot reliably be derived from a
PCL file at all.  Finding good values for these parameters
is beyond pcl3opts’s capabilities.  This includes
LeadingEdge, SendBlackLast, Tumble and the distinction
between the colour models CMY+K and CMYK.


     Copyright © 2000, 2001 by Martin Lottermoser,
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