HPGL/Vector/Image PrinterOut ploCon Ver.10.0
Update
Oct. 23, 2018

  This HP describes PloCon which continuously prints drawings of various graphic files shown below on a Windows printer.
HP-GL, HP-GL/2, HP RTL, PDF, DXF, DWG, GERBER, NC-Drill, IGES, SXF, TIFF, JPEG, BITMAP, EMF, PCX, FPX, PNG, GIF
 
     
Index
@Outline
@Input drawing file
@Starting command parameter
@Setup of pen
@Text font
@Setting of length unit system
@Auto exucute parameter setup
@Printer
@SelectPrinter
@Output list file creation
@Extension batch modification of file in folder creation
@Operation conditions
@Licensing fee
@Flow to trial, order, and use
@Latest upgrade history
@Download
@Contact us

Outline

PloCon is a program that continuously prints the drawing of HPGL / vector / image file to Windows printer and has the following functions. It does not display.
(1) Paper and output scale
  - Specify paper and automatically scaled to fit paper size
  - Specify paper and output on designated scale
  - Automatic paper selection with specified scale
    Automatic selection of the optimum paper and orientation of the printer
    that matches the drawing size scaled in the drawing area
(2) Interactive output / printing from other applications
(3) Line color, width change, whole drawing black and white / color switching,
    pen ON / OFF
(4) Vector font of character font / True type font switching
(5) Multi-page support
(6) Reading of many file formats as shown below.
    HP-GL, HP-GL/2, HP RTL, EMF, PDF, DXF, DWG, GERBER, NC-drill, IGES, SXF,
    EMF, TIFF, JPEG, Bitmap, PCX, FPX, GIF, PNG
    Note: It is necessary to install "Teigha File Converter" free software
          for input of DWG file.
(7) Output mode

Mode 1: Automatic output mode
PloCon monitors the specified input folder, prints when the input file enters the input folder, and the input file is automatically deleted after printing. If there is no input file, it waits until the file arrives.



Mode 2 : Continuation output mode
Plural drawing files described in specified output list file are outputted continuously.



Mode 3 : Step output mode
One file in plural drawing files described in specified output list file is outputted, and it waits for the next output instruction.

<AutoOut use example>
Printer setup is completed and it is in state immediately after PloCon installation (initialization).

Step-1
PloCon is started and the "AutoOut" button is pushed.

Step-2
HP-GL file to output by Explorer is copied to "
<PloConData>\InData" folder.

<PloConData> is as follows.
In the case of Windows XP:
 
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Isoplotec\PloCon
In the case of Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10:
 
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Isoplotec\PloCon

Then, when it waits about 2 minutes, it will be automatically outputted to printer. Whenever it copies file by Explorer, it outputs to printer. Copied file is automatically deleted after output.

<Example of parameter starting use>
Input file to output by Explorer is dragged to next.
  32BitOS:
     
C:\Program Files\Isoplotec\PloCon\PloCon.exe
  64BitOS:
     
C:\Program Files (x86)\Isoplotec\PloCon\PloCon.exe
Then, it is outputted to printer.

Input drawing file

PloCon can read HP-GL, HP-GL/2, HP RTL, PDF, DXF, DWG, GERBER, NC-Drill, IGES,
SXF, EMF, Bitmap, PCX, TIFF, JPEG,FPX, PNG file.

Starting command parameter

PloCon starting command is as follows. [ ] is omissible.

C:\Program Files\PloConxx\PloCon.exe [/wpWP] [/osOS] [/rxRX] [/ryRY] [/suSU] [/sdSD] [/srSR] [/slSL] [/dcDC] [/apAP] [/ncNC] [/oaOA] [Input File Name]

If parameter is specified here, various items will be set up. As for omitted parameter, parameter when ending to last time is set.

WP is output device, 1 is specified at the time of Windows printer 1, and
   2 is specified at the time of Windows printer 2.
OS specifies positive real number with output scale.
   However, it will become automatic scale if it is turned 0.
RX specifies positive real number by RiviseXScale.
RY specifies positive real number by RiviseYScale.
SU specifies zero or more integers by Upper PaperSpace (unit mm).
SD specifies zero or more integers by Down PaperSpace (unit mm).
SR specifies zero or more integers by Right PaperSpace (unit mm).
SL specifies zero or more integers by Left PaperSpace (unit mm).
DC Specify 1 to place the drawing in the center, 0 if not.
AP Specify 1 for automatic paper selection (A4 / A3 / A2 / A1 / A0,
   portrait / landscape), or 0 otherwise.
NC specifies an integer of 1 or more in the number of output copies.
OA shows OutAngle. In the case of 0 degree 0 is specified, and, in the case of      90 degrees, 1 is specified.
Input File Name:
   When specifying it, specify it at the very end.
   If specified, it will output and PloCon will be ended.
   If it is not specified, the PloCon main dialog will be displayed and you
   can output by interactive operation.

Please do not start the next PloCon, before PloCon is completed.
Setup of pen
Usually, although outputed with color of pen and line width in drawing data, it is changeable with setup of pen.


When drawing with the same color as the background color, change
the color

If you draw with the pen with the same color as the background color, the picture disappears. If this check mark is checked, if the background color and the drawing pen are black, draw the drawing pen in white and draw it. If the background color and drawing pencil are other than black, draw the drawing pen black and draw it.
We recommend checking ON if the input file is DXF and IGES file, and check OFF if input file is GEBER file.
Please refer to "Problem about color, and solution".

Line and fill DrawMode
  "Copy"           : When you want to see with a draft precedence
  "Merge"          : When you want to see overlapping parts in color mixture
  "Xor"            : To make it invisible where the figure is doubled
  "Command in data": When displaying according to instructions of drawing data

Foreground color setting
  Priority 1: Black / white mode is set by setting to monochrome display mode.
  Priority 2: It becomes the color of PC instruction of drawing data.
              If there is no PC instruction in the drawing data, priority 3
              is applied.
  Priority 3: The color will be set for each pen.

Line width setting
  Priority 1: When set to "All pan line width is same 16th pen", it will
              be displayed with line width of 16th pen.
  Priority 2: It becomes the line width of the PW command of the drawing data.
              If there is no PW command in the drawing data, priority 3
              is applied.
  Priority 3: Pen width set for each pen (0 to 10.00 mm).
Text font
Windows font and Vector font can be selected.
You can change the size to the character size of the data.


* Vector Font
The character shape is drawn with polygonal lines with a fixed line width, which is quite different from the Windows TrueType font. In general, Vector fonts display faster than Windows TrueType fonts.

* Windows Font
Displayed with the selected Windows TrueType font.

* Windows Font Closed Line Character
Displays the selected Windows TrueType font as a closed-line character without filling it. Use it when you want to draw characters cut with a cutting plotter.

Setting of length unit system
You can select the unit system of coordinates and dimensions to use from the following.
@ * Millimeter mm
@ * Centimeter cm
@ * Meter m
@ * Inch in
@ * Foot ft
@ * Yard yd
 
Auto exucute parameter setup
If SetAuto button is pushed, an automatic execution parameter can be set up.


Outlist File Name at ContinueOut, StepOut
Outputs the drawing file described in this file during continuous or intermittent output mode. A list of drawing file names is displayed in "Output list file contents".

Output Drawing File Name at Auto Output
In automatic output mode, it searches for files matching this output file name and outputs automatically.

Wait Time of AutoOutput
It is the interval to go to see if the output drawing file data was created in the folder.
  Printer  
  The Printer button is pushed and printing conditions are set.
The paper size displayed in this Dialog is a temporary value because the file has not been read yet. When outputting with the ContinueOut button, the numerical value corresponding to the loaded file is displayed.



AutoScale
When this check mark is attached, the scale is automatically set so that the drawing area fills the paper area excluding the paper margin. At this time, "OutScale" can not be set.

OutScale
Specify the output magnification within the range of 0.01 to 100.0.

AutoSelectPaper(Size, Portrait/Landscape)
Specify the paper standard loaded in the printer in "Paper standard" from the following.
   ISO A0 to A4
   ISO B0 to B5
   JIS B0 to B5
   ANSI A to E
   ARCH A to E, E1
This function is valid when "AutoScale" is not checked, and the paper size according to the output drawing size is automatically determined from the standard paper size, and the paper orientation is automatically determined from the portrait and landscape. The order of paper selection is as follows.

For ISO A series:
A4 portrait A4 landscape A3 landscape A3 portrait A2 landscape A2 portrait A1 landscape A1 portrait A0 landscape A0 portrait
If it is larger than this, A0 landscape

If the printer does not support the paper size, if the printer can not change the paper orientation, do not select its size or direction. When the output drawing size exceeds the maximum paper size that can be selected, select the maximum paper and automatically adjust the output scale so that the drawing size matches that paper size.
 
     
  SelectPrinter  
  Press the SelectPrinter button to select printer name, paper size, paper orientation.  
     
Output list file creation
If the CreateOutList button is pushed, output file at the time of continuation output and step output can be specified.
  Extension batch modification of file in folder  
  It is necessary to set up extension of file name by file attribute beforehand for every kind of file to read.
However, when file extension uses many extension which cannot be specified like consecutive numbers, and layer number of CAD, it becomes serious work to change extension manually beforehand.
In such a case, please use this program called FileTypeChgE recommended to below.

1. Program name : FileTypeChgE
2. Licensing    : fee No charge (free software)
3. Outline
Move extension of all file in folder to file name end, and apply the specified extension.


4. Usage
4.1. Interactive method
Double-click FileTypeChgE.exe in Explorer.
Set parameter shown below and push the Execute button.
a. Folder in which file exists :
   Set folder including file which changes extension.
b. The specified extension :
   All the files are changed into extension set here.
c. File name which saves processing result file list :
   Set file name of text file which puts in processed file name list.
   When this item is set un-typing, this file will not create.

4.2. Command line method
When the next command is typed in command prompt (DOS window) of Windows, it will execute immediately and will end. /a, /b, and /c parameter are omissible. An omission will use parameter used last time. And when all the parameters are omitted, it will start by interactive method.

FileTypeChg.exe /a "Folder in which file exists"
                /b "The specified extension"
                /c "File name which saves processing result file list"

This method is automatable by including in batch file.
For example, create batch file PloCon.bat the next contents were described to be.

"C:\FileTypeChgE\FileTypeChgE.exe" /a "C:\HpglData" /b "hgl" /c "C:\Temp\OutList.txt"
"C:\Program Files\Isoplotec\PloCon\PloCon.exe" /c "C:\Temp\OutList.txt"


When PloCon.bat is double-clicked by Explorer, extension of all the files in
"C:\HpglData" folder will be changed into "hgl", and PloCon starts, and carry out consecutive output of all the files.

5. Download
 FileTypeChgE Ver.1.01 Software Download

 
     

Operation conditions

Personal computer of Intel compatible CPU mounting
- Memory: 1 GB or more
- Empty capacity of hard disk drive: 100 MB or more
- Screen resolution: 1024 dots x 768 dots Above
- OS:
  32Bit of Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10
  64Bit of Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10
- It is necessary to install some printer drivers.
  Printer driver of high resolution is required to read PDF file.

Licensing fee

 When used 30 days or more from installation, please remit the next licensing fee.

 Licensing fee is                 70.00 US$ / license

Flow to trial, order, and use
1. Trial
Please download product from this HP. Since product is compressed into ZIP file, please extract it with suitable thawing software. There is a file called Readme.txt in the decompressed file, so read the product overview, installation method, uninstallation method, license agreement, licensing fee, license cancellation, protection release, inquiries, and version upgrade history. And since a file called Setup.exe is in extracted inside, it is installable if it double-clicks by Explorer. Opening to the public on HP serves both as trial and object for formal. All the function usage can be carried out free for 30 days from installation for trial. If 30 day will pass and password will not be entered, protection starts and product stops working. Please order the formal version, when you use more.

2. Order of formal version
It can pay with PayPal or credit card with the next button.
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Please refer to Readme.txt file to carry out bank transfer.

Please send the next "order sheet" to e-mail address described at the last of this HP.

Order sheet
1. Soft name: PloCon (English)
2. Soft version no.: 10.0
3. Order quantity: 1
4. Company name:
5. Offer person name:
6. Offer person E-mail ID:
7. Charge payment day:
8. Charge payment amount:

3.Sending of password
The copyright holder will email the password when payment of the licensing fee has been confirmed.

4.Release of lock
In order to enter password, when starting PloCon.exe, it is necessary to carry out mouse right-click, to take out pop up menu, and to select "Run as administrator". Execute PloCon and push 'InfVersion' button and input the password.

5.OS exchange, or exchange of installation personal computer
Even if you replace exchange of OS, or installation personal computer, given password can release lock.
However, at the same time the number of units that can install the product on the PC is within the number you ordered.

6. Revision up (upgrading the decimal point of version number to 2nd place)
Revision up is free. Please download the revision software newer than HP and reinstall it. The previous password is valid.


Note:
- Customers can postpay by e-mail following procedures.
 @ Request for quotation                      : Customer     Our company
    (software name, version, number of orders)
 A Quotation                                  : Our company Customer
 B Purchase order (Form of Order sheet above) : Customer     Our company
 C Password and invoice                       : Our company Customer
 D Remittance                                 : Customer     Our company
    (within the following month's end of the delivery month)
    Bank remittance is also possible instead of payment with PayPal.
    The bank remittance method is described in the Readme.txt file included in the installation file.

Latest upgrade history

Ver.10.00 March 2, 2015
(1) It corresponded to input of DWG file.
Notes: It is necessary to install free software "Teigha File Converter."
Refer to Step7 of 2nd clause for the installation method.
(2) Support the 2nd level of JIS kanji by vector font.
Ver.10.00 March 31, 2015
(3) Font of vector font JIS level-2 kanji set was improved.

Ver.10.01 July 19, 2015
(1) It supported to input of SXF file (file extension is P21 and SFC).
(2) Add Multi-page file correspondence ("Separate into page and print", or "Print all the pages in piles") with the SetPrinter button.
Ver.10.01 July 25, 2015
(3) It repaired that vertical writing text had fault by SXF file input.
(4) Processing of DV (text route) command except right writing was repaired.
Ver.10.01 August 12, 2015
(5) Since it outputted and the file could not be deleted after output when drawing file was creating from other applications at the time of auto-output, there happened case where the same file was outputted repeatedly. It improved so that it might output, after waiting for other applications to complete creation of drawing file.
(6) Some of faults were repaired by SXF file input.
Ver.10.01 September 15, 2015
(7) It supported to Windows10.
Ver.10.01 November 17, 2015
(8) Abnormality display has been improved for arc of very small angle.
Ver.10.01 November 20, 2015
(9) It enabled it to set up judgment angle of very small arc or circle by "SetFileAttribute"-"Circle and arc judging angle".
Ver.10.01 April 7, 2016
(10) When PDF and EMF file were outputted by auto-output and it became error, problem by which the error is not displayed on error information window, and error is repeated endlessly was repaired.
Ver.10.01 July 25, 2016
(11) Defect of LA (line attribute) command in case line end and joint shape are except being round was repaired.
(12) "Initial of Line End Shape" of "Set-Line property" dialog was changed into "Shape of line end and joint".
Ver.10.01 September 15, 2016
(13) Depending on PDF creation application, PDF version information may not match notation and entity. When such a PDF file was read, it was not able to read (error code=10000).
It enabled it to read this.
Ver.10.01 December 16, 2016
(14) When output drawing size was larger than paper size, drawing position of the right left upper and lower sides was abnormal. This was repaired.
Ver.10.01 December 20, 2016
(15) When output drawing size was larger than paper size and paper margin was larger than 0, it repaired having been printed without reflecting paper margin.
Ver.10.01 January 3, 2017
(16) PayPal fee about licensing fee remittance which user had paid was eliminated.
Ver.10.01 January 9, 2017
(17) When evaluation period goes out, or when uninstalling, function which fills in evaluation result and carries out e mail transmission was added.
Ver.10.01 January 11, 2017
(18) An output of image files, such as TIFF file, repaired having become error.
Ver.10.01 May 10, 2017
(19) It was ignored when there existed Bitmap which black and white reversed in PDF and EMF input, and it repaired becoming whole surface black.
Ver.10.01 August 30, 2017
(20) When file attribute button was pushed, it could be made to perform PDF file reading scale setup.
Ver.10.01 September 27, 2017
(21) Display of FT command of HPGL was improved.
Ver.10.01 October 29, 2017
(22) When figure existed on boundary of drawing area, half of line width was cut. Then, it improved so that width and height of drawing area might be enlarged 1 mm and might be outputted.
Ver.10.01 January 29, 2018
(23) Fixed abnormally when opening some abnormal files.

Ver.10.02 March 27, 2018
(1) Set paper standard (ISO A0-A4, ISO B0-B5, JIS B0-B5, ANSI A-E, ARCH A-E, E1) can be set with SetPrinter Dialog.
(2) Fixed the problem that character position shifted under extremely rare conditions.
Condition:
When characters are drawn with multiple LB (label command) without pen movement instruction after LO (label origin command) other than the initial value
(3) Under the following conditions, we corrected the fault that black and white color selection was displayed incorrectly.
    Set to black and white
    Data that draws figures while changing colors with PC (pen color designation) command
(4) Fixed an obstacle in which filled figures are not displayed with EMF output.
Ver.10.02 May 04, 2018
(5) Improved reading accuracy of PDF files.
   PDF reading scale correction is automatically set during installation.
   PDF reading scale correction X, Y can be set in the input file setting.
   We prepared a button which can automatically set PDF reading scale correction X, Y in input file setting.
   PDF reading scale correction can be set automatically on the command line.
Ver.10.02 Jun 11, 2018
(6) When the resolution was over 45 degrees with CI (circle drawing) command of HPGL, it was drawing with octagon. We changed it to draw with a triangle when the resolution is 120 degrees or more.
Ver.10.02 August 10, 2018
(7) The initial color values of pen table No. 3 and 4 are matched with the color table of PloView comment file.
Ver.10.02 October 23, 2018
(8) Kanji of HPGL specification is to switch to kanji mode and to use JIS code by LB (Label) command. However, there is data that uses ShiftJIS code in the case of not switching to Kanji mode (1 Byte mode).
Therefore, even in such a case, we improved to display Kanji.
(9) When Text size correction was set to something other than 100% with Set-Text, it did not work correction value or position of Text. We improved this.
(10) If Text is on the boundary of the drawing size, influence the drawing area. Conventionally, when "Text size correction" is set to a value other than 100% in Set-Text, when opening a file, Text area was calculated with standard size. This was changed to the corrected size.
(11) In case of combination of DV (horizontal writing, vertical writing character) instruction and LO (designation of left alignment, right alignment, centering of character string) instruction, there was a case where character misalignment occurred. We fixed this.
(12) When inputs DXF file, clockwise circular data was skipped. We fixed this.
(13) It was not corresponded with DXF file input when Text width and Text space were minus (mirror display). Corresponding to this.
(14) Text size at PDF input was adjusted.
     
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  PloCon Ver.10.0 Software download

   Note :
    1.The downloaded file is compressed into the ZIP type.
      Please extraction with extraction software.
    2.When "Windows protected your PC" is displayed at the time of installation,
      if there is only "Don't run" or "OK" button, please click "More info" and
      press "Run anyway" button.
    3.This HP is always put up only the latest version.
      Acquisition of an old version becomes impossible.
      Please copy the downloaded file to a data medium for re-installation.

 
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