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  1. #1
    Richard Curzon Guest

    Better Printing Documents over the web

    Printing HTML docs has been limited usefulness and looks to continue that
    way.

    More people are feeling pressure now to support better document printing.
    Also it looks like PDF is still the only "nice" web printing format that has
    high acceptance.

    I've been looking at PDFLib http://www.pdflib.com/ to stream pdf docs using
    Response.BinaryWrite, i.e. no interim disk document needs to be saved. As
    far as I can see, this tool stands alone in it's capability for live dynamic
    report generation in PDF with multithreaded support.

    Beyond simple user experiences, I'm not to sure how far you can stretch PDF.
    Still looking into that, e.g. support for hyperlinks with hidden query
    strings. But in general, it's starting to look like the way to go, an
    unusual area where standards (not to mention Microsoft) have not produced a
    viable alternative.

    Before I leap... am I missing some alternatives?

    regards
    Richard Curzon.

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    Live without dead time - Raoul Vaneigem
    May I borrow your towel, my car just hit a water buffalo - Chevy Chase



  2. #2
    Tom Smith Guest

    Re: Better Printing Documents over the web


    >Before I leap... am I missing some alternatives?


    http://www.activePDF.com

    6 products related to document conversion to PDF as well as creation and
    manipulation of PDF.

    Tom

  3. #3
    Richard Curzon Guest

    Re: Better Printing Documents over the web

    Thanks for the pointer, I looked there a while ago and needed a refresher...
    came up with one idea.

    WebGrabber and ActiveServer PDF look pretty awkward and kludgy (wait 30
    seconds!?). I don't think they compete with PDFLib in direct, freethreaded
    on-the-fly PDF generation.

    But the PDFPrint thingy I had forgotten about, thanks for the tip. The user
    could select a direct-to-printer option, could be handy! Do you know if
    that sends the pages to the printer on the fly, or does it save a disk copy
    in the background first?

    I was hoping for someone to suggest a viable solution using traditional 3rd
    party tools (e.g. Crystal) and maybe new dot-net ideas, but I haven't found
    anything competitive to PDF either.

    thanks
    Richard.
    ..

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    Live without dead time - Raoul Vaneigem
    May I borrow your towel, my car just hit a water buffalo - Chevy Chase
    "Tom Smith" <tsdeveloper@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > >Before I leap... am I missing some alternatives?

    >
    > http://www.activePDF.com
    >
    > 6 products related to document conversion to PDF as well as creation and
    > manipulation of PDF.
    >
    > Tom




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