File extension PRN

File extension PRN is one of the file extensions that define type of the file and its contents.

The basic property of a .prn file is that it is a Printer Text File. The main software or program associate with the files of such a type is the DATA Cad Windows Printer File (DATACAD LLC). The main contents of these files include the text and all other material which is to be printed by the user. Also, they contain the rules and instructions to be given to the printer so that printing is done in a suitably required manner. For example, they specify the number of copies of a file to be printed, the printer tray to be used for printing etc.

So, what can you do with this file format?

The File extension PRN format files are similar to the files with the .ps extension. The .prn files come into use when the &qout;print to file&qout; option is accessed. The selection of the printer driver to be used for the printing purpose is done through the instructions provided by the .prn files. The primary use of this file extension is that it saves the file to be printed, so that it can be used at a later stage.

When the &qout;print to file&qout; option is used, the system creates a $$$FF$$$ file to save the contents for a later use. The idea behind such an innovation was that a user may require sending the same file to a similar type of a printer but on a different computer. Then this can be done through the already saved printing details of the .prn file. Although the files with the .prn extension can also be opened with the different text editor programs, but it is seen that after the files opens, the text to be printed is surrounded by a whole bunch of signs, symbols and other codes, popularly called the &qout;junk data&qout;. This data is actually the bunch of codes to be given to the printer for the formatting option settings like text margin and alignment, spacing, graphics etc.

The main program associated with the .prn files is the Auto CAD Printer File program. However, there are other applications also which are associated with this format, for example, Calcomp Raster (Bitmap files), HP Printer Control Language Program and the printer drivers like Signature and XYWrite.

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