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Topic: Do I need the SDK for GUI-less printing?
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 128770
From: rikkus
Date: 3/3/2005 10:03 PM

I am currently redeveloping a product which must provide the facility to (silently) print PDFs from files. I was intending to write this as a Windows Service but I have heard on this forum that this is not supported by Adobe, but I really would like to run it as a web service (no desktop GUI) if possible.

The old version of the product runs acrord32.exe with the flag that causes it to print. This flag was removed by Adobe with Reader 6, so we currently have to ask our customers to install an old version of Reader, which some are not happy about as it causes problems when run alongside Reader 6.

I have noticed that many people have attempted to use AcroPDFLib, provided by Reader, to print silently. I haven't heard any success stories. I got to the stage where I managed to print one document, ticked the box on the warning about a script trying to print, and then found that future requests to print (via printAll or any other print method) were simply ignored. I deleted the registry key relating to the warning dialog but this didn't seem to change anything.

Is it possible to print silently when only Reader is installed?

Has anyone had success printing silently at all? Did you use the SDK? Did you use an alternative product?

I have looked at XPdfPrint, which works (albeit with some artefacts in the print) but is prohibitively expensive. I have also looked at AFPL GhostScript, which works fine, but as we are producing so few products for so little revenue, Artifex refuse to sell us a license and therefore provide us with support.


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