Convert px3 to jpg and set color depth via command line?

If you convert px3 to jpg, now an then, you will set color depth. You can use PCL Converter command line, it allows you to convert px3 to jpg and set color depth at once. In computer graphics, color depth or bit depth is the number of bits used to represent the color of a single pixel in a bitmapped image or video frame buffer. This concept is also known as bits per pixel (bpp), particularly when specified along with the number of bits used. Higher color depth gives a broader range of distinct colors.Color depth is only one aspect of color representation, expressing how finely levels of color can be expressed; the other aspect is how broad a range of colors can be expressed.

The first step—Downloading

Follow this link to download PCL Converter command line

When the downloading work is done,  you could find the VeryPDF PCL Converter v2.0 in your computer, like the picture suggests below,

VeryPDF PCL Converter v2.0

The second step—Launching

For inputting command line, you have to launch command prompt window and the way to launch it is easy, do as the follow picture indicates

1) Click “start”>choose “Run”>input “cmd”>press “ok”

way to launch MS-DOS command prompt window

2) Press “ok”, you will find command prompt window popping up

command prompt

The third step—Inputting

Input command line to convert px3 to jpg and set color depth, it goes below

pcltool.exe –bitcount 24 D:\in.px3 D:\out.jpg


  • D:\in.px3 is to specify a px3 filename or a directory for input,
  • D:\out.jpg is to specify the jpg file name for output, 
  • -bitcount 24 is to  set color depth for image conversion.

Once the input is done, press “enter” key, you will see,

detailed operation of command line displayed in  command prompt window

The fourth step—Checking

Open your contained folder to check if px3  file has been converted to jpg.

jpg file

From the pictures, you find px3 file has been converted to jpg file. There are plenty of functions about PCL Converter command line, if you are interested, you can try the related converting work by taking above steps as reference or use different parameters to set color depth.


  • 1-bit color (21 = 2 colors) monochrome, often black and white, compact Macintoshes, Atari ST.
  • 2-bit color (22 = 4 colors) CGA, gray-scale early NeXTstation, color Macintoshes, Atari ST.
  • 3-bit color (23 = 8 colors) many early home computers with TV displays
  • 4-bit color (24 = 16 colors) as used by EGA and by the least common denominator VGA standard at higher resolution, color Macintoshes, Atari ST.
  • 5-bit color (25 = 32 colors) Original Amiga chipset
  • 6-bit color (26 = 64 colors) Original Amiga chipset
  • 8-bit color (28 = 256 colors) most early color Unix workstations, VGA at low resolution, Super VGA, color Macintoshes, Atari TT, AGA, Falcon030.
  • 12-bit color (212 = 4096 colors) some Silicon Graphics systems, Neo Geo, Color NeXTstation systems, and Amiga systems in HAM mode.
  • 16-bit color (216 = 65536 colors) some color Macintoshes.
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