My thanks to Michael J Levene of www.computalink-systems.com for supplying me with the following tip.
If you have ADOBE ACROBAT version 5.0 this shows how you can completely automate the generation of PDF files without any user intervention. Apparently someone else has been trying to sell a driver to do this, but this method is completely FREE, and even works on a network.
Here are the steps you need to go through:-
Figure 1 - Acrobat Distiller Printer settings
Figure 2 - ADOBE PDF Settings
tempdir = c:\windows\temp acrobat = true acrodir = c:\windows\desktopNote:
acrodirMUST match the directory used for the port in step (2)
Figure 3 - define Uniface printer
Figure 4 - logical to physical mapping for the printer
These logical print definitions are stored in the user section of the Registry at the following location:
entry PRINT_PROC params string po_FileName : OUT endparams variables string lv_TempDir boolean lv_Acrobat string lv_AcroDir numeric lv_Count numeric lv_Error endvariables lv_TempDir = $logical("tempdir") if (lv_TempDir = "") message "TEMPDIR not defined in [logicals] section of assignment file" return(-1) endif ; is acrobatic writer installed? lv_Acrobat = $logical("acrobat") lv_AcroDir = $logical("acrodir") ; Generate a unique reference number for the report call GET_NEXT_NUMBER("PRINT", v_count) if (lv_Acrobat) ; the acrobat name is the form title therefore ; change the formtitle to be the report name we want $formtitle = "Acro_%%lv_Count" print "ACROBAT", "C" if ($status = 0) po_FileName = "%%v_AcroDir%%%\%%$formtitle%%%.pdf" return(0) else message "Print to PDF file failed" return(-1) endif else print "FILE","C" if ($status = 0) po_FileName = "%%lv_TempDir%%%\rpt_%%lv_Count%%%.txt" activate "WINAPI".COPYFILE($result, po_Filename, lv_Error) if (lv_Error < 0) message "COPY failed" return(-1) endif return(0) else message "Print failed" return(-1) endif endif return(0) end PRINT_PROC
This proc puts the printed output into a file and returns the name of that file to the calling procedure. What happens next is entirely up to you. One possible option would be to e-mail the file to someone.
24th May 2002