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OpenPDF converts PCL to PDF on HP3000 systems

OpenPDF generates PDF from PCL regardless of the package from which the original PCL file was created. It supports far more than simple txt to PDF. OpenPDF supports the conversion of soft fonts, logos, signatures and other graphics as well as supporting basic PCL colour conversion.

The cost savings available through switching your output to PDF rather than physically printed material are immense. OpenPDF can usually be shown to return your investment in it within six months by saving paper, toner and postage.

The benefits of producing PDF files directly on the HP3000 include:

  • HP3000 output in a format ready to be stored directly on a web site.
  • Reduction of printing costs for manuals and large reports. These can now be stored in PDF format on CD.
  • PDF formatted reports can be distributed easily by e-mail or stored to a web site.
  • PDF documents can be printed to any printer supported by Windows that will print from Acrobat e.g. small desktop inkjet printers. This in turn frees the HP3000-connected laser printers for other tasks.
  • Read-only report archives can be created, e.g. month-end reports can be stored in PDF format anywhere on the network for retrieval without having to run 3000-based reports or jobs on the central application.

OpenPDF supports Adobe's macro facility within a PDF. This greatly reduces the file size for multi-page PDFs by ensuring graphics such as logos and forms can be stored in the PDF just once and then called repeatedly to appear numerously throughout the document.


SpoolPDF is an optional add-on module for OpenPDF which handles MPE spool files. SpoolPDF preprocesses HP3000 spooler control characters (CCTL) before passing the PCL over to OpenPDF to convert to PDF.

OpenPDF supports advanced Acrobat features

OpenPDF supports Adobe's macro facility

OpenPDF's support of Adobe's macro facility which greatly reduces the file size for multi-page PDFs by ensuring graphics such as logos and forms can be stored in the PDF just once and then called repeatedly to appear numerously throughout the document.

OpenPDF supports Acrobat Security Features
OpenPDF supports the security features included in Adobe Acrobat version 8.0 and above. This includes the ability to produce 128 bit encrypted PDF files with further options to:

  • Requiring a password to open a document
  • Requiring a password to change the security settings
  • Disallowing printing
  • Disallowing changing of the document
  • Disallowing selecting text or graphics
  • Disallowing adding or changing notes or form fields
  • Disallowing the fill-in of existing interactive form fields
  • Disallowing the extraction of text and graphics in support of accessibility
  • Disallowing the assembly of the document
  • Limiting printing to a low level representation of the appearance

OpenPDF also is available for Unix and Windows systems under the product name PCL2PDF.

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This site is owned and managed by Open Seas (UK) Ltd. OpenPDF is an Open Seas software title. PCL2PDF is a Visual Software title.