Java – Generate PCL from PDF in Java


What is the best way to generate a PCL output file from an existing PDF file in java?

Best Solution

It depends on how much you want to invest, and how robust the solution needs to be. For quick and dirty, you can print from Adobe Acrobat to a file, using a PCL driver (look, mom, no Java ...).

The Java Print Service API can process PDF. Use StreamPrintService and write the stream to a file, using PCL for the output format.

If you need to have more control over the content, maybe modify it or add to it, you can use a PDF parser (this one, for instance) and print the resulting HTML from a browser that your application starts, by adding some Javascript, for example.