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Topic: Re: Silent printing of PDF file on client
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 58535
From: LeonardR
Date: 5/29/2002 05:33 PM

At 1:53 PM -0500 12/4/00, p-pdf-developer Listmanager wrote:
> I have an application that is using a Java servlet class to post a
>PDF document to an IE browser window, which the client can then
>print. I'd like to bypass the display and simply print the document
>on the cliet's default printer (assuming they've configured one).

Why would you want that? Don't you think your user would be
confused/upset to suddenly have their printer start churning out

What if the current printer isn't the default one? I know I
switch printers from time to time and forget to restore it until I
start printing another document.

>Is there a way to do this using Adobe's PDF library? I read that the
>PDFL is not licensed anymore.

You could use the PDFL to print the PDF on the client
(assuming you could license it), BUT you'd still need SOMETHING on
the client. And that's the "rub" - no matter how you attack this
problem, you need SOME piece of code running on the client that kicks
of the print. That could be a plug-in, a Java applet or ?? - but
SOMETHING has to be local on the client!

Leonard Rosenthol
Sr. Software Engineer (215) 922-3509 (voice)
Digital Applications (215) 440-0504 (fax)

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