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File Extension PRN

Generally printer output file definition and 7 other file types and linked programs information.

 

File extension prn is used by following file type(s):

file type 1 description:
Default file extension for .prn file type:
Generally printer output file
PRN file is a special type of file which contains instructions for a printer, it tells the printer what to print on the page and where as well as which paper tray to use, what the paper size is and a number of other controls.

PRN files are usually created automatically by a printer driver. In fact this is the primary purpose of the printer driver, to translate the generic output from an application such as Word or Notepad into something the printer can understand and interpret.

Applications used .prn printer output files:

  • DataCAD
  • XYWrite
Programs
that open prn files:
Canvas (Apple OS X)
DataCAD (Microsoft Windows)
FastPrint (Microsoft Windows)
gedit (Linux)
Microsoft Windows NotePad (Microsoft Windows)
NotePad++ text editor (Microsoft Windows)
TextEdit (Apple OS X)

 

file type 2 description:
Calcomp Raster graphics file
The PRN file extension is used for raster graphic files, used in Calcomp  plotters and digitizers. Seems like very old graphic file format, probably no longer used. Calcomp shut down all of its operations in 1999.

A .prn file is a bitmap in black and white, or 4bit CMYK.

 

file type 3 description:
DataFlex graphic device driver
The PRN file extension is associated with DataFlex. In 2.x versions of DataFlex, .prn files contain graphic device driver data. Some .prn files can also be debugging output from the compiler.
Programs
that open prn files:
DataFlex (Linux)

 

file type 4 description:
HP Printer Control Language file
The PRN file extension is associated with the Hewlett-Packard PCL printer control language created to provide an economical and efficient way for application programs to control a range of printer features across a number of printing devices. The .prn file contains graphic file stores in the  HP Printer Control Language file format.
Programs
that open prn files:
XnView (multiplatform software)

 

file type 5 description:
Lotus 1-2-3 formatted text file
The PRN file extension is associated with the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet application popular in 80's and 90's developed by the International Business Machines (IBM). The .prn file contains Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet stored in simple text format. The .prn files are used to export Lotus 1-2-3 data to other applications, such as Microsoft Excel.
Programs
that open prn files:
Lotus 1-2-3 (Microsoft Windows)
Microsoft Excel (Microsoft Windows)
Microsoft Excel for Mac (Apple OS X)

 

file type 6 description:
PostScript file
The PRN file extension is associated with the PostScript graphic programming language developed by Adobe. PostScript is primarily designed to present publication-quality text. A PostScript file consists of a set of images of pages. These pages can include graphics, or in fact consist entirely of graphics.

As a graphic language, PostScript is basically vector-based rather than bit-mapped. Thus, it's easy to draw a square or a star, or even a filled polygonal region. But it's rather unnatural, in PostScript, to define a rectangular region in which every pixel has an assigned color. If a highly detailed bit-map image is needed, it is often computed in another format, such as GIF, and then "imported" into the PostScript file.

Programs
that open prn files:
Ghostscript (multiplatform software)

 

file type 7 description:
SmartWare report printed to disk file
The PRN file extension is associated with the SmartWare programming platform that uses Faircom database engine also including word processor, spreadsheet editor and communication modules. The .prn file contains text printed to file stored on hard disk.
Programs
that open prn files:
SmartWare (Microsoft Windows)

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