Monitor Directories and Ports For PCL Batch Processing

HotDir.exe / HotDirZ.exe monitors active directories and PortMonitor monitors printer ports for converting PCL print streams quickly and transparently.

Hot Directory Program (HotDir.exe)

The HotDir software automatically creates and monitors a specified and active directory. When a new file is saved or created in this directory, the HotDir software can launch up to three workflow processes in succession.

This product is provided to PCL Tool SDK licensees to help them capture HP PCL print streams from legacy, server-based or other applications that require this method of file capture. This is useful when performing batch processing or other high-volume document applications that require several processing steps.

As an example, a print file generated on mainframe can be saved in a Windows active directory. Instead of converting the .PCL file into a .PDF, .TXT, .TIF, or other file format using a graphical user interface, you can set up the HotDir software to run the transformation application automatically and to convert the .PCL file into a .PDF file. This process eliminates user errors and converts files quickly, transparently and in an unattended mode.

HotDir software can be "autostarted" by our PTService.exe to launch it whenever the server re-boots. And, it runs behind other applications. In addition, it can be accessed by clicking the icon in the Windows task bar.

HotDirZ Program (HotDirZ.exe New!)

The new HotDirZ software can be set up to watch multiple folders and launch multiple processes depending on which folder gets a new file.

For a FREE analysis and recommendation on how to get the most out of HotDirZ please send us your application, workflow and transformation requirements to info@pagetech.com.

HotDir / HotDirZ Functions:

  • Capture PCL from DOS programs to print to non-PCL or Windows-ONLY printers using the PCLPrint.exe program.
  • Capture PCL from applications to extract ASCII text for migrating the index or full data into other applications.
  • Convert print streams into PDF, XPS, PNG, PCLm, PWG or other "web-ready" formats for electronic billing applications.
  • Capture print streams for conversion to PDF, TIF, TXT or other formats with index/routing data for archiving/email applications.
  • Capture print streams for conversion/decollation into individual faxable documents with extracted email addresses, then place in the fax server queue.
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PortMonitor

Port Monitor (PMon1:) captures Windows spool files (.SPL) coming from a printer driver or PCL files sent directly (or indirectly) to the PMon1: port.

Once the print stream is captured by PMon, RDest.exe can rename the file and redirect it into a collection folder (which can be an active directory). Or, it can direct it as STDIN input to a batch file, which can then be re-directed to PCLXForm.exe, PCLPrint.exe, PCLView.exe, PCLTool.exe and other application .exes.

PMon's Setup Program (PMSetup.exe) uses a config.ini file to control the setup process which can perform a variety of functions:

Port Monitor Functions:

  • Capture PCL from DOS programs to print to non-PCL or Windows ONLY printers using the PCLPrint.exe program.
  • Capture PCL from applications to extract ASCII text for migrating the data into other applications.
  • Capture print streams for conversion/decollation into individual faxable documents with extracted email addresses, then place in the fax server queue.
  • Install a PCL Printer Driver, rename to any name and configure it to use the PMon:1 port.
  • Convert into PDF, XPS, PNG, PCLm, PWG or other "web-ready" formats for electronic billing applications.
  • Capture print streams for conversion to PDF, TIF, TXT or other formats for archiving applications.
  • Capture print streams for conversion into faxable formats.
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Serial Data Input Spooler Program (SSpool.exe)

The Serial Data Input Spooler program (SSpool) captures serial data sent to a Windows COMn: port. It watches for input to be sent to COMn:, then redirects the data as input to any program.

It may call PCL XForm to extract the index text from a medical report and convert the file to PDF, TIF, TXT or other formats for importation into a document management system. Or, it could change output tray settings, add barcodes, then print it to any printer using PCL Print.exe.

The serial data is usually coming from a Parallel to Serial (P2S) device that is plugged in-stream between the system that can only print its data to the P2S device, and then from the P2S device to the PC where SSPool is watching for input to reroute to any of PCLTool SDK's various transformation or printing tools.

SSPool is normally used in capturing medical reports from high-priced medical devices in order to satisfy the new HIPAA document imaging requirements without having to waste time printing the document, scanning the document and then manually indexing it. The cost of cabling, P2S device, PCLTool SDK and a PC can be much less costly then the medical device upgrades that medical device vendors often recommend.

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