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Topic: "quick and dirty" PDF printing with gsprint
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 134268
From: johnhebert
Date: 6/10/2005 06:02 AM


I thought I would share a "quick and dirty" solution that I found for printing PDFs using gsprint.exe from the free GhostScript/GSView toolset (

Basically, the GhostView tools include a small app called gsprint.exe that print PDFs via the command line, or better yet, the Shell command in Visual Basic:

Shell ("c:\tools\Ghostgum\gsview\gsprint.exe " & strPdfLocation)

There are some trade-offs: can't control paper size directly, etc. However, the set of options provide basic functionality for printing. Here's the output of "gsprint -help":

C:\tools\Ghostgum\gsview>gsprint -help
Copyright (C) 2003, Ghostgum Software Pty Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
2003-09-03 gsprint 1.6
Usage: gsprint [options] filename
-mono Render in monochrome as 1bit/pixel
-grey or -gray Render in greyscale as 8bits/pixel
-colour or -color Render in colour as 24bits/pixel
-query Show printer setup dialog
-printer "name" Print to the specified printer
-ghostscript "name" Path and filename of command line Ghostscript
-config "name" Read options from this file instead of gsprint.cfg
-odd Print only odd pages
-even Print only even pages
-all Print all pages
-from NN First page to print is NN
-to NN Last page to print is NN
-twoup 2 pages per sheet
-portrait Portrait orientation
-landscape Landscape orientation
-duplex Duplex (vertical axis)
-copies NN Print NN copies (if supported)
"filename" The PostScript/PDF file to print

Note you will need to install GhostScript and GSView.


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