DynamicPDF PrintManager for .NET Version v3.0 Release

by Anil S Tue, February 7 2017, 11:19 AM (US Eastern Time)

Our DynamicPDF PrintManager for .NET version 3.0 has now been fully released. 

Download it Today!

Version 3 adds lots of new features including support to print multiple pages per sheet, PDF Portfolios, quality based resolution settings, print specified area of a PDF page, retrieve a full list of printers (including installed network printers), print priority and many more. Take a look at our Version 3 Full Feature List.

For existing customers, eligible upgrades (free with Maintenance, discounted with previous versions) can be accessed via our Customer Area, or anyone can contact us directly, sales@cete.com or +1 410.772.8620.

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DynamicPDF Viewer for .NET Version v2.0 Release

by Anil S Wed, December 14 2016, 3:51 PM (US Eastern Time)

Our DynamicPDF Viewer for .NET version 2.0 has now been fully released. 

Download it Today!

Version 2 adds lots of new features including support for independent toolbar & bookmarks/navigation panel, marquee zoom, print selected page area, show/hide status bar, display different units of measurement, improved search, page navigation & zoom functionality and many more. Take a look at our Version 2 Full Feature List.


For existing customers, eligible upgrades (free with Maintenance, discounted with previous versions) can be accessed via our Customer Area, or anyone can contact us directly, sales@cete.com or +1 410.772.8620.

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DynamicPDF PrintManager v3.0 for .NET Beta Release

by Anil S Mon, October 17 2016, 12:42 PM (US Eastern Time)

The DynamicPDF PrintManager for .NET Version 3.0 BETA has just been posted to our site for download and testing.

DynamicPDF PrintManager for .NET v3 Beta Download

We have added some new features in Version 3 that include PDF Portfolio printing, printing multiple pages per sheet, and retrieving the full list of printers including installed network printers. Take a look at the list of new features.

Email support@cete.com with any questions or issues and thanks for taking part in our Version 3 BETA.

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DynamicPDF Viewer v2.0 for .NET Beta Release

by Anil S Fri, January 15 2016, 12:15 PM (US Eastern Time)

The DynamicPDF Viewer for .NET Version 2.0 BETA has just been posted to our site for download and testing.

DynamicPDF Viewer for .NET v2 Beta Download

Version 2 will include a bunch of new features including separate toolbar and navigation panel controls, show/hide status bar, marquee zoom, change display units and more. Take a look at the full list of new features.

Email support@cete.com with any questions or issues and thanks for taking part in our Version 2 BETA.

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DynamicPDF for Java Version 8 Release

by Anil S Fri, September 25 2015, 2:02 PM (US Eastern Time)

Our DynamicPDF for Java version 8 has now been fully released.  Download it Today!

This version 8 includes DynamicPDF Generator & Merger. The download includes the updated documentation and examples (Java source code, Servlets, JSPs).

Version 8 adds lots of new features including additional support for PDF/A-2, PDF/A-3, MSI (Modified Plessey) & RM4SCC (Royal Mail) barcodes, strikethrough text, duplicate image removal, individual form field flattening as well as overall efficiency improvements and stabilizations. Take a look at our Version 8 Full Feature List.

For existing customers, eligible upgrades (free with Maintenance, discounted with previous versions) can be accessed via our Customer Area, www.dynamicpdf.com/customerarea or anyone can contact us directly, sales@cete.com or +1 410.772.8620.

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DynamicPDF for Java Version 8 BETA Release

by Anil S Fri, July 31 2015, 1:05 PM (US Eastern Time)

The DynamicPDF for Java Version 8.0 BETA has just been posted to our site for download and testing, DynamicPDF for Java v8 Beta Download.

This version 8 BETA includes DynamicPDF Generator & Merger. The BETA download includes the updated documentation and examples (Java source code, Servlets, JSPs).

Version 8 will include a bunch of new features including two new barcodes (MSI and RM4SCC), PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3 support, duplicate image removal, individual form field flattening and more. Take a look at the full list of new features.

Email support@cete.com with any questions or issues and thanks for taking part in our Version 8 BETA.

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PrintManager – Setting Advanced Printer Options

by Anil S Mon, April 27 2015, 10:24 AM (US Eastern Time)

The PrintManager for .NET API allows printing of PDF files through any .NET application.  The settings accessible to the PrintManager are limited to those exposed through a standard API (such as Win32 or .NET).  But a printer may have additional settings that are specific to that printer and are not readily available through a standard API. This means that there could be non-standard features or settings available that vary between printers that are not able to be exposed through the PrintManager API.  To remedy this, we have exposed a way to manually save and reuse a specific state of the native printer’s dialog box that when provided to the Printjob will affect that job as if those options where manually selected by a user.  A full example on how to accomplish this is outlined below.

We will start with the code to invoke printer’s native dialog box and save the settings to a file.

To invoke the printer's advanced setting dialog we will be using a Win32 function called "AdvancedDocumentProperties".

AdvancedDocumentProperties(IntPtr.Zero,IntPtr.Zero,e.PrintJob.Printer.Name,e.DevMode, e.DevMode);

In order to import the above function to a .NET application, use the following DllImport.

[DllImport("winspool.Drv", EntryPoint = "AdvancedDocumentPropertiesW", SetLastError = true, ExactSpelling = true, CallingConvention = CallingConvention.StdCall)]

static extern int AdvancedDocumentProperties(IntPtr hwnd, IntPtr hPrinter, [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.LPWStr)] string pDeviceName, IntPtr pDevModeOutput, IntPtr pDevModeInput);

Calling the Print() method will fire the Printjob.Starting event. In the event handler, call AdvancedDocumentProperties to display the printer setting dialog box. Select the appropriate setting that you would like to save to file and click OK. The file can be generated with individual settings or with a group of settings.

PrintJob printJob = new PrintJob(Printer.Default, "DocumentA.pdf");

printJob.Starting += new PrintJobStartingEventHandler(this.onStartingPrint1);

printJob.Print();

PrintJobStartingEventArgs contains following properties that will be used to retrieve the printer settings from the dialog box.

Name Type Definition
Devmode Intptr Pointer towards Devmode structure
DevmodeSize Int Size of  Devmode
DevmodeDriverExtra Int Size of  DmDriverExtra
PrintJob PrintJob DynamicPDF Printmanager PrintJob object. Generic printer settings can be changed using this object.

Here is the code for the event handler to retrieve and save the selected printer setting.

private void onStartingPrint1(object sender, PrintJobStartingEventArgs e)
{
    //Invoke the printer options dialog box.
    int value = AdvancedDocumentProperties(IntPtr.Zero, IntPtr.Zero, e.PrintJob.Printer.Name, e.DevMode, e.DevMode);

    //Create a byte array to store Devmode and DmDriverExtra settings.
    byte[] bytearray = new byte[e.DevModeSize + e.DevModeDriverExtra];

    //Copy the contents of both Devmode and DmDriverExtra to the byte array.
    Marshal.Copy(e.DevMode, bytearray, 0, e.DevModeSize + e.DevModeDriverExtra);

    //Save the settings to disk.
    File.WriteAllBytes("SettingsFile.bin", bytearray); 
}

Next, we will print a PDF using the saved settings by overwriting the Devmode and DmDriverExtra structures with the file contents. Due to this, all settings applied to the PrintJob object before Printjob.Starting event handler call will be lost. However we can set the print settings after overwriting Devmode and DmDriverExtra in the event handler.

private void onStartingPrint2(object sender, PrintJobStartingEventArgs e)
{
    //Load the saved settings into a byte array. 
    byte[] bytearray = File.ReadAllBytes("SettingsFile.bin");

    //Overwrite the DevMode with the byte array restored from file. 
    IntPtr pdevmode = Marshal.AllocHGlobal(bytearray.Length);
    Marshal.Copy(bytearray, 0, e.DevMode, bytearray.Length);

    //The line below displays the print options dialog box, so the modified settings can be verified during development. 
    //It is not required for printing so it can removed, especially for non-interactive applications like windows services             
    int value = AdvancedDocumentProperties(IntPtr.Zero, IntPtr.Zero, e.PrintJob.Printer.Name, e.DevMode, e.DevMode);            

    //Set additional print settings as needed. 
    e.PrintJob.PrintOptions.Copies = 1;
}

Complete source code is available for download below.

Downloads:

PrinterAdvancedOptions.zip (21.2 kb)

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DynamicPDF PrintManager for .NET Version 2 BETA Release

by Anil S Mon, April 29 2013, 11:48 AM (US Eastern Time)

The BETA of DynamicPDF PrintManager Version 2.0 is now available for download here.

For any one new to this product, DynamicPDF PrintManager for .NET allows developers to automate PDF printing from within any .NET application (C# or VB.NET).

We have added some new features into Version 2 that include retrieving the list of media/paper types, setting the media/paper type for a print job and redirecting print output to a file.

Read more and begin beta testing today, http://www.dynamicpdf.com/Products/DynamicPDFPrintManagerforNET/Beta.aspx.

Any questions, comments or issues should be sent to support@cete.com.

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Splitting a PDF from .NET (C# Code Provided)

by Anil S Tue, May 22 2012, 1:47 PM (US Eastern Time)

We get a decent amount of people who ask us about dynamically splitting a PDF.  Splitting a PDF document using DynamicPDF Merger for .Net is a very simple task. With the few lines of code the document can be split efficiently at the desired page. Use of PdfDocument object allows for efficient reuse of imported PDF document data. If the same PDF needs to be reused in multiple parts of the application, load the PDF into a PdfDocument object and use it where ever needed. Also the PdfDocument object is designed to be thread safe.
 
Let’s take a look at an example where we want to take a PDF file (pdfToSplit.pdf) and split it into two files (pdfA.pdf and pdfB.pdf).  The first PDF split (pdfA.pdf) will contain the first 50 pages of the file while the second PDF (pdfB.pdf) will contain all remaining pages.  Notice that we do not need to know how many pages the original PDF contained by utilizing the PdfDocument’s Pages.Count method.

            //Create a PdfDocument object to load the PDF.
            PdfDocument pdfToSplit = new PdfDocument("pdfToSplit.pdf");

            //Page number to split the document at. 
            int pageNumToSplit = 50;

            //Add first 50 pages and call the Draw method to save the PDF. 
            MergeDocument firstPdf = new MergeDocument(pdfToSplit, 1, pageNumToSplit);
            firstPdf.Draw("pdfA.pdf");

            //Add the remaining pages to a second document and save the PDF. 
            MergeDocument secondPDF = new MergeDocument(pdfToSplit, pageNumToSplit + 1, pdfToSplit.Pages.Count - pageNumToSplit);
            secondPDF.Draw("pdfB.pdf");

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