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Topic: Browser printing using Reader functionality?
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 52043
From: bachel
Date: 5/29/2002 04:49 PM

I'm working on a project where I need to capture the code functionality of the small 'print' icon that appears when you load up the Acrobat reader as a plug-in inside a browser.

If I can get to this I want to attach the 'code' onto another 'print button' on another html page to print a .pdf without having to open it up inside the reader. I don't need the user to view the .pdf - just print it.

Can this be done? Or is it 'under-wraps' from Adobe's point of view?

Can Javascript emulate the 'psuedo-postscript' conversion printing that Reader provides?

We are using the Adobe Document Server, which does provide some attempt at a pearl coded ability to call an Adobe .exe to do this 'button printing', but it requires that the printers be pre-defined on the server - in our case well over 200 network printers. We need it to print on the client's default printer. So, we've worked out a way to cache the .pdf on the User's local windows/temp directory 'pulled' down from the server, and then request a 'print' from there. We just need the code to emulate this Reader 'print' functionality without envoking the reader.

What's Adobe position on the 'outside use' of their printing code?

...and as always, thanks in advance!

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