Convert prn to tif and set color depth via command line?

Supposing that you get a prn file and you want to view it, what’s your plan? As you know, prn is a kind of file that you can not open arbitrarily, but you can convert it to a universal file document format, such as, tif, bmp and jpg. You should not worry about the tool, the offers you PCL Converter, it quickly converts PCL and PXL print files to Adobe Acrobat PDF files as well as PS, Postscript, TIF, TIFF, JPG, JPEG, BMP, PCX, PXL files. This is not a raster based conversion. PCL Converter can be used to create either bitmap files (PCX, TIF, JPEG, etc.) at various resolutions or searchable PDF, PS, Postscript files. Now, the below part is going to illustrate how to convert prn to tif and set color depth using PCL Converter command line.

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installing interface of PCL Converter

Input command line to convert prn to tif and set color depth

The way to input command line is pretty easy, do Just as the following picture indicates,

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

way to launch MS-DOS command prompt window

2) Here goes the crucial step, you have to make sure the command line you are going to input accurate.

pcltool.exe –bitcount 24 D:\in.prn D:\out.tif


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


Once the inputting is done, press “ok”, you will see.

detailed operation of command line displayed in command prompt window

Open your file to check the difference between two tif files on color depth

tif file

tif file

The pictures tell you the prn is converted to tif. If you want to get more information, you can read VeryPDF PCL Converter user manual or just visit at site.

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