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Clarion/File Explorer related question

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:30 am
by kraj
I am trying to develop a solution which will enable me to convert HTML files to PDF server side.
The application would receive command line information containing the input file name and the target file name. It would need to use File Explorer to load the page locally, and automatically print it.

Has anyone done something like this before?

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:12 am
by John - Tracker Supp
Hi,

You would need to use the PDF-XChange Printer drivers API to output the file(s) to PDF - not the PDF-Tools SDK dll library - and it is perfectly possible and reasonable use.

In the next 24/48 hours we will endeavour to modify one of the existing Capesoft demo app's to facilitate this.

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:42 pm
by kraj
I just installed the latest SDK and attempted to run the DOCPDF30 example app.
Upon running the application I am geting the following error message:

PDFXC3 - GlobalInit function failed.

Any ideas?

TIA,

Benjamin

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:26 pm
by John - Tracker Supp
Hi,

Did you ensure you installed the PDF-XChange Print driver from the install components list ?

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:17 pm
by kraj
Yes, I did.
However, I do not see it in the printers.

I will try to reinstal everything again and let you know what happens.

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:21 pm
by John - Tracker Supp
Ok thanks - if you still have problems - please advise your Windows OS version and any Service packs installed and we will check here.

thanks

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:47 pm
by kraj
Can you please let me know once you have the Capesoft FE demo working? AS I mentioned in another thread, the shellexecute method always bring up the pritner dialog - so I can't use it in unattended mode.
I would like to try it and make sure everythin is working before upgrading the license.

Regards,

Benjamin

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 8:01 am
by John - Tracker Supp
Hi Benjamin,

Craig is working on this now

Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 1:37 am
by kraj
Thanks!

Your support continues, as always, to be first class.
I will keep monitoring the forum for the app.

This is great news - once I get the prrof of concept working I will be upgrading to the Pro version. Just need to make sure I can accomplish my intent.

Currently, that is the only app where I would need direct printing to the driver. All my present apps are working great creating PDF's directly with PDF Tools.

Once again, I cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support.

Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 12:01 pm
by Tracker - Clarion Support
Hi Benjamin!

I have good, although not quite great news.

The concept seems feasible. The critical features of a "run silent" Html to PDF converter are there in both File Explorer, whose PrintMe() method has a switch to suppress the FE printer dialog, and also in PDF-XChange Driver which has a similar switch. The driver will have to be used as FE print does not generate Clarion-style page WMF's as far as I know.

However, when testing FE I fond that another necessary feature, the Callbacks, do not seem to be operating in any FE demo. It is likely that something needs to be set but the docs are a bit scanty, so I sent an email to Capesoft support for assistance, and hopefully they will respond Monday.

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:33 am
by kraj
Craig,

Thank you very much for investing time and effort into this.
After checking the FE documentation (and a short message to Capesoft about this), I also came to the conclusion that it was doable.

I did find one bit of information in the FE docs which you may find useful. I am not sure where the callbacks would come into play, because to be truthful I have not studied the low level ins-and-outs of either FE or the PDF-XChange API's. However, if you search for Registry in the FE docs, you will find that according to Capesoft, FE will use the default printer when using the "blind" print method, and mentions the registry keys needed to accomplish this. I don't know if this technique will suffice or not, but I figured I would point you to it just in csae you had not seen it.

Regards,

Benjamin

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 8:50 pm
by John - Tracker Supp
Hi Benjamin,

The install now has been updated and includes a revised set of classes, updated Manual and new example also.

Please see the example Html2PDF.prj and Html2PDF.clw for the "silent running" of the HTML conversion

There is an added Appendix A in the PDF-XChange Driver 3.5 doc file that discusses this particular example.

Hope that helps.

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