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[WD21] Storing and printing a PDF document

Startbeitrag von DarrenF am 21.01.2017 13:55

Hi guys,

I have a report (an invoice) that I want to store to disk as a PDF document and I also want to give the user the option to print it directly to the printer. I don't mind if the preview window pops-up or not, but how is this done without re-running with iPrintReport function? I assumed it would be easy - but do I really need to re-run iPrintReport with a different set of iDestination, iParameter functions??

I've come up with the following code to generate the PDF invoice, give it a filename and then store it to disk:

iDestination(iPDF,gsDocuments + sTempFilename)

...but how to print the PDF afterwards? Can't use iPrintPDF because that's not availoable to WD :sneg:


Hi Darren

you can :
- print your report as pdf as you are doing
- display it in your own preview window (using a looper with an image control in it, and displaying each page on a line)
- print it on paper using iprintimage (you are displaying each page as an image that you can print)

Best regards

von Fabrice Harari - am 21.01.2017 14:21
Ah, good thinking Fabrice... I'll give it a go - Thanks!

von DarrenF - am 21.01.2017 15:13
I am a new user of Windev this is my first reply/question so my questions may seem 'basic' to more experienced users.
How would I save the created pdf to an record in the database?

von D Wilson - am 21.01.2017 16:57
Hi D Wilson,

you can store it in a binary memo in a record with HLinkMemo(), or you can save the pdf in a map and only store the pathname of the pdf in a record.

von Stefan Bentvelsen - am 21.01.2017 18:49
Thanks for the help. Like I said I am just getting started. The help and advice from the more experienced is appreciated.

von D Wilson - am 21.01.2017 19:01
Hi Darren,

another approach would be to generate the ODF from your appliaction (which means print it once) and then use Acrobat to print it in the background like
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" /t  file.pdf "my printer-name"
Of course the acrobat reader has to be installed on each client computer

There is also an option in WD to print it to a WD duplicate file. Never used it but this is some kind of WD internal format. You can then use this file to generate a PDF or print it to a printer. I assume the printout is not regenerated, but printed as-is, thus faster. This means 3 actions to do, I know, but maybe the last 2 can be done in the background?

von Arie - am 22.01.2017 11:17
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