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Subject:Re: No more printer name too long issues!
Date:Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:24:45 -0400
From:"Steven Green" <greens@diamondsg.com>
Newsgroups:pnews.paradox-discussions
very nice.. the concept of "print the report to file / copy the file to a 
network device" has always had many advantages


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"Kevin Baker"  wrote in message news:5b239463$1@pnews.thedbcommunity.com...

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to share my new way of producing reports in Paradox (I use
Paradox 11).

I found this software called Doro PDF Printer
(http://www.the-sz.com/products/doro/) which is pretty awesome.  It uses an
ini file to control most of the output (file name and location were most
important to me).
As you know the sendkey function is broken in paradox, so I created my own
using AutoHotKeys (SendK.exe).  This is used to change the printer to the
Doro Printer.  Keep in mind, this isn't changing the default printer in
windows, just the printer I'm printing to in Paradox.

On my print button, I run the SendK to change the current printer, then
create the ini file to set the file name and location (and a few other
items) for Doro, then I print the report (and the pdf is created), there's
an option in the ini file to automatically open the pdf file after it's
created, but I just check for the file then open a custom PDF viewer.  Since
I open the PDF Viewer I can wait until the user closes it to do other
things.  For example, on the PDF View form, I have a button that reads, Send
Email, which simply writes a file called email.txt and closes the viewer.
Once it's closed in paradox I check for email.txt and if found, then I run
code to allow them to email the pdf file.  I have a few other buttons on the
viewer as well, but if the user just closes the viewer,then I delete the pdf
file.

I've been running this for about a month on my RDS Server (375 users) and
it's been smooth.  The user's printer name being too long is no longer a
problem.  There is a slight delay from the time the user clicks Print to the
pdf being displayed, but in my opinion well worth it.

I'll share anything I've done with anyone who may find this useful. 


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