How to convert pcl to jpg via a command line?

A document stored in pcl formats is not appropriate for sharing and publishing on the Internet, and jpg format is a widely accepted image format in the computer world. VeryPDF PCL Converter is an application designed for converting pcl to jpg and to other commonly used formats in Microsoft Windows Systems. This software has two versions, the GUI version and the command line version. The command line version is able to be called from a batch script which is beneficial to batch conversion. This article is going to introduce the usage of converting pcl to jpg with PCL Converter via command lines.

For using the program, please download VeryPDF PCL Converter from and install it onto your Microsoft Windows System installed computer. In the installation directory, such as “C:\Program Files\VeryPDF PCL Converter v2.0”, you will see an executable file named “winpcl.exe” which is the GUI of the program. The executable file “pcltool.exe” is the component of PCL Converter for running in MS-DOS command line mode.

Follow the menu path [start] –> [Run], input “cmd” or “cmd.exe” in the popup dialog of “Run”, and then press “OK”, there comes a MS-DOS command prompt window. You can also press and hold the “Window” key and press “R” of keyboard to launch the “Run” dialog and start the MS-DOS command prompt window.

The current directory of the MS-DOS command prompt is “C:\Documents and Settings\USER” as default, where “USER” is the system logon name of your computer. For the author’s system, the current directory of MS-DOS command prompt is “C:\Documents and Settings\admin”. In this current directory, you can call the program “pcltool.exe” with including its full path to convert a document of pcl to jpg.


"C:\Program Files\VeryPDF PCL Converter v2.0\pcltool.exe" "C:\Program Files\VeryPDF PCL Converter v2.0\verypdf.pcl" "C:\Program Files\VeryPDF PCL Converter v2.0\verypdf.jpg" <Enter>,

which calls the program “pcltool.exe” stored in “C:\Program Files\VeryPDF PCL Converter v2.0\” to convert “C:\Program Files\VeryPDF PCL Converter v2.0\verypdf.pcl” to “C:\Program Files\VeryPDF PCL Converter v2.0\verypdf.jpg” from pcl to jpg.

To use the commands concisely to call the program without including its full path, you can change the current directory of the MS-DOS command prompt to the directory (“C:\Program Files\VeryPDF PCL Converter v2.0”) that PCL Converter is installed in, using the following command line,

cd "C:\Program Files\VeryPDF PCL Converter v2.0" <Enter>.

You can call the program directly with its name without specifying its full path now. A simple command line of converting pcl to jpg is as follow,

pcltool verypdf.pcl verypdf.jpg <Enter>.

This command line converts the document “verypdf.pcl” of pcl to jpg, “verypdf.jpg”.

Using the options “-xres” and “-yres” can set the resolution of converted jpg image. The command line is like

pcltool –xres 128 –yres 256 verypdf.pcl verypdf.jpg <Enter>,

and this converts the file of pcl to jpg with the horizontal resolution of 128 DPI and vertical resolution of 256 DPI.

This article has presented some basic usages of PCL Converter command line for converting pcl to jpg. You can find other descriptions for converting pcl to pdf at and pcl to tiff at For more information about more options of PCL Converter, please see Via URL, you can buy a license to use the full function of the software without any limitation.

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