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PDF Printing

PDF Printing in Paradox Reports topic (part of our Corel Paradox / ObjectPAL Coding group).

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Jon
Central California
I am having trouble printing to a PDF driver unless I go out of paradox - change my default printer to the PDF Writer and then go back in. If I change the printer from the Print Dialoge box the PDF file is all messed up.

I can change the printer through code in the full Paradox version - but when this same code is run on a Runtime version - I get the same jumbled results. Any ideas?

Using P9 with sp3 on runtime and full
Adobe Acrobat 5.0
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Gary Vonckx
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Another good source for a PDF printer for larger organizations that cannot give their financial info out over the Internet is http://www.neevia.com 

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Post ID #11143 (Level 1.1)  Reply to 10939
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Originally posted by Jon:

Any ideas?

Using P9 with sp3 on runtime and full
Adobe Acrobat 5.0


Get PDF995.

$9.95, from pdf995.com
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Post ID #10940 (Level 1.2)  Reply to 10939
Reply Posted 1/12/2005 1:22:00 PM
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Originally posted by Hoosier Boy:

Another low cost PDF writer is CutePDF. It's freeware,...


Yes, but then you have to get GhostScript (GNU Freeware) and install it. Actually, from the sound of it you really need to get and install GhostScript first.

PDF995 is ready to go with what is installed with their installer.

Moreover, it is VERY simple to integrate with OPAL commands that change an .ini file. You can make it as silent as you wish; and can even combine multiple print jobs all in one PDF.

All-in-one installer, INEXPENSIVE, and completely controllable directly from Paradox/OPAL.

For simplicity as well as power, PDF995 wins over CutePDF by a wiiiide margin.

Although I'd say CutePDF has a substantial leg up if their $900 'royalty-free distribution' version allows for programmatic control.
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Post ID #11039 (Level 1.3)  Reply to 10939
Reply Posted 3/24/2005 8:41:00 PM
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Tony M
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That looks like an expensive option.

And I don't understand the "that cannot give their financial info out over the Internet " comment.
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Post ID #11144 (Level 1.4)  Reply to 10939
Reply Posted 6/27/2005 10:28:00 AM
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Tony M
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Originally posted by Moet:


Would a product like PDF995 answer my problems? Does it have a command line interface so you can 'silently' pass it a filename and paradox report to print?

Regards

Jon Woodrow


You write some entries to a config file (.ini file), and write the output file name/location to that config file, and everything just happens. No prompts if you don't want them. You can even have it add multiple individual Paradox reports into the same .pdf file.

Incredibly flexible, and VERY easily controlled from within Paradox.
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Post ID #11588 (Level 1.5)  Reply to 10939
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This Program is free and is better than PDF995
http://www.primopdf.com/

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Post ID #11279 (Level 1.6)  Reply to 10939
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Jon
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Forgot to come back and say thanks! Your suggestion helped - I LOVE THE PROGRAM!
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Post ID #11035 (Level 1.7)  Reply to 10939
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Steve Caple
Steve Caple Company
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Yesterday I got a call from my wife that a printer in the library on developmental disabilities was not working properly. Another low cost PDF writer is CutePDF. It's freeware, which was handy since she was doing some work at a really, really, non-pofit site. Over the phone I walked her through Googling for CutePDF, downloading and installing the required files, and after a restart she was able to print the Paradox report to a .PDF and eMail the .PDF to the behavioral analyst requesting it. An IT guy showed up an hour later and fixed the Lexmark printer setup in Windowsb (something I REALLY didn't want to try to walk a non-computer person through on the phone), but at least they have the backup AND a way to send reports via e-mail.

Steve Caple
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Prestwood Software
http://www.prestwood.com

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A long time dBase user had an evaluation copy he let me use for a few weeks.  Going from dBase to Paradox was like finding yourself walking WITHOUT your shoe laces tied together.  I was hooked; within a week I wrote my first useful Paradox DOS program.  It took a few evenings to put together a script to  generate a Basic Bulk Mail sort,  using a series of Paradox queries against a bicycle club Century ride mailing list.  It then used PAL to send text to the printer, printing it out in 5 digit Zip, three digit Zip, and miscellaneous by state groups, including group header labels and spacers on one-across stock  -  just tear it apart at the headers and give it to the mailing volunteers, and a job that used to take 20 people 4 or 5 hours could be done by 5 or 6 in a single hour.  

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Post ID #11037 (Level 1.8)  Reply to 10939
Reply Posted 3/24/2005 11:01:00 AM
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Steve Caple
Steve Caple Company
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"Yes, but then you have to get GhostScript (GNU Freeware) and install it. Actually, from the sound of it you really need to get and install GhostScript first."

The Ghostscript freeware is on the same download page. I got it myself because the PDF995 I had went belly up and I didn't have time to troubleshoot it - just installed CutePDF.

I haven't tried to use either with command line parameters. But as for simplicity, if I can talke my wife through it over the phone, you'd better believe it's simple enough!

I di have her run the GS install first.

Steve Caple
Programmer Analyst
Prestwood Software
http://www.prestwood.com

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Post ID #11041 (Level 1.9)  Reply to 10939
Reply Posted 3/25/2005 10:14:00 AM
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Moet
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Montana,

I need to produce c30k individual PDFs. The PDFs are single sheets so size is small. I have experimented in the past with using sendkeys method writing to CutePDF and Adobe PDF but the results aren't desirable.

Would a product like PDF995 answer my problems? Does it have a command line interface so you can 'silently' pass it a filename and paradox report to print?

Regards

Jon Woodrow
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Post ID #11587 (Level 1.10)  Reply to 10939
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Moet
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Many thanks, works a treat!

Jon
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Post ID #11591 (Level 1.11)  Reply to 10939
Reply Posted 3/7/2007 11:52:00 PM
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One problem we are having with PDF995 is it creates PDFs are 0KB. Wondered if you had any experience of this. We are currently batch printing c2000 PDFs. We cycle through a Paradox table, create the filename send it to print via PDF995. We then test if the file has been created using while loop (findFirst()). if it has we continue to next PDF. Have tried checking the size of the PDF it finds but it always returns 0 (even if the subsequent PDF size is 20KB)?

Any help appreciated
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Post ID #11607 (Level 1.12)  Reply to 10939
Reply Posted 3/23/2007 12:44:00 AM
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Have sorted the problem. We had to repeatedly call the findfirst function and check size was greater than zero before continuing. Paradox was creating an 'empty' PDF with the filename instantaneously but took a bit longer to populate it with data

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