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Topic: Crystal Reports/PDFWriter (was No Topic)
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 52669
From: Dave
Date: 5/29/2002 04:53 PM


The only way to achieve this using the PDFWriter is to write to the Registry
each time with the next filename. There is also a key in the registry that
disables the dialog prompts in PDFWriter.

This is documented in PDFWAPI.PDF (available in the DOCS\TechDocs directory
of the SDK).

As for selecting the PDFWriter as the default printer, you can either use
WinAPI calls or use the Common Dialog Control - Printer Method to achieve
the same affect (not sure if it's automatable?- is that even a word 8-) )

The other alternative would be to see if Crystal Reports can generate
Postscript files directly (without using a print driver), this way you could
utilise Acrobat Distiller and it's Watched Directories.

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> I'm looking to integrate the PDFWriter into a visual basic application
> using Crystal Reports. Crystal's Word Export loses a lot of the
> formatting that we need. The PDFWriter, however, will allow me to print
> my Crystal Report to a PDF file, retaining ALL of the formatting. The
> catch is, however, that I need to be able to tell crystal to use that
> PDFWriter Printer, and somehow also tell it what file name to use. Is
> there some way to use the SDK to tell the "print engine" to take what is
> being printed and export to a specific file? I don't want to have to use
> the Win.INI for this, as we will be automating the process in batches of
> several printed reports at a time to several different file names...

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