I got a PRN file but I would to convert to PDF so that it will be easier for other people to access. How do I do that?
Typically, .prn is the suggested file extension on Windows when you use the "print to file" option in any program that can print its content. Which printer driver is used to generate the .prn file depends on the printer you selected when printing (or on your default printer).
Typically, the real content behind that .prn extension may therefore vary as wildly as there are printer driver types available: PostScript (Levels 1, 2, 3), PCL (half a dozen types), ESC/P, ESC/P2, HP/GL, Prescribe, RPCS,.... you name it.
If your *.prn really is a PostScript, you can easily convert it with Ghostscript (or Acrobat Distiller) to PDF.
If your *.prn really is a PCL, you can also convert it, using another program from out of the Ghostscript stable, named GhostPCL.
Here are two example commandlines:
gswin32c.exe ^ -dBATCH ^ -dNOPAUSE ^ -sDEVICE=pdfwrite ^ -sOutputFile=output.pdf ^ [...more Ghostscript CLI options as needed...] ^ c:/path/to/input-which-is-postscript.prn pspcl6.exe ^ -dBATCH ^ -dNOPAUSE ^ -sDEVICE=pdfwrite ^ -sOutputFile=output.pdf ^ [...more Ghostscript CLI options as needed...] ^ c:/path/to/input-which-is-pcl.prn
For downloading GhostPCL, see here: https://www.ghostscript.com/download/gpcldnld.html.
A PRN file, which is short for printer, is being generated by a postscript printer. now, in order to convert it to pdf, you need to install first a postscript printer (has PS in its name so you would know). Print the doc by selecting 'print to file'. After that, you'll need a pdf conversion utility. Adobe Acrobat will do by simply selecting "Create PDF" and locate your .ps file to change it to PDF format.
If you have other issues with this file, you may check this article on file extension prn for further guidance.
Typically PRN files are PostScript, but that is not always the case.
Two links for PostScript reference,
In dialogue box which appears when we choose to print, choose "save as pdf" in Destination menu. In simple steps: 1.In the dialogue box,Click on Destination. this is the dialogue that appears when we choose to print 2.choose save as pdf in the box that appears and exit this box. this is the box that appears when we click on destination 3.click save in dialogue box
Actually .PRN file may be of different type depending on what printer it's generated for (one may use
file command to see the details in Linux environment).
To ensure that it's a postscript file, select 'Metafile to EPS converter' or something like as a printer when you 'Print' your .PRN file from a Windows application.
ps2pdf to produce a .PDF.
#check the type file infile.prn infile.prn: PostScript document text conforming DSC level 3.0, Level 1 #convert ps2pdf infile.prn outfile.pdf