How convert applet to gif

In IE, we are having problems printing a page when it has an applet in it. Supposedly, this is a known MS IE bug. Whenever someone uses IE's file/print and there's an applet, then IE first reloads the page and then the state of the page is, of course, wiped out.

One workaround/solution would be to convert the applet to a gif and then insert the gif into a newly generated page and then print that page. Someone here seems to think he's heard of converting an applet to a gif, but can't remember how to do it.

Do you know how to do the conversion? Would it require javascript code or is there a canned utility?

Any help (even to tell us that this sounds impossible) would be appreciated.

Thanks,
John
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DreamMasterCommented:
wow...never heard of anything like that...i know pretty big amount of javascript and yet this sounds impossible to me..

if he happens to remember the solution be sure to let me know, as i'm always happy to learn more...

Max Davide
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MorFFCommented:
Probably not the solution you want, but doing a screen capture <alt> printscrn, pasting it into a graphics package and saving as a gif would work.

You may end up losing a bit of quality, but as I say, it'll work!

Cheers - MorFF
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johnsdeanAuthor Commented:
We need to do the applet to gif conversion on the fly. Thus, we canNOT require the user to do the following:
Capture the screen with alt+PrintScrn.
Paste the image into a graphics package.
Save the image as a gif.

Any suggestions?
If you're confident that there's no canned package to do this, or if you're confident that javascript cannot do this, please tell me so we can move on.

Thanks,
John


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DreamMasterCommented:
i know for a fact that You can't do it in Javascript for sure..and i have never heard about any package doing this for You...
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johnsdeanAuthor Commented:
It's beginning to sound like the applet to gif conversion is not going to be possible. If I get a couple more confident responses backing up that assessment, then I'll close this down.

What's the appropriate way to close it down? Should I click the "accept comment as answer" link for only one of the affirmations or should/can I do it for several? Do I grade everyone? Note - it doesn't seem right to give someone a harsh grade if they are merely trying to be helpful and they admit that they might not be giving a complete answer. What's the protocol for those cases?
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DreamMasterCommented:
give the lowest grade possible....and yes...accepting a comment would be the thing to do...
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johnsdeanAuthor Commented:
Max Davide (a.k.a. Dreammaster) -

I assume you were being facetious about "giving the lowest grade possible."
As far as the other comment, yes, I'll accept an answer, but do I only accept one or can I accept several?
By the way, if you'd like to communicate via e-mail, I'm at jdean@jsheet.com.

Thanks,
John
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DreamMasterCommented:
You can only accept one...unfortunately. so it's up to You to decide who gets the points...

my email is:

david315@wxs.nl (for home)
or
max@thekitchen.nl (for work)
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MorFFCommented:
The nature of an applet would mean that there is no one way it can be guaranteed it will work. Ie. it could display one picture or a sequence of pictures with a delay between them, depending on the way it was coded.  I would be extremely surprised if there is an 'applet ripper' out there.

I have also heard of people using graphics inside an applet to prevent others from 'stealing' their work (ie no right-click and save-picture-as.  So if there were products out there to get round that, I s'pose they wouldn't be going to the bother of coding it in an applet.

Cheers - MorFF
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johnsdeanAuthor Commented:
thanks davide
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johnsdeanAuthor Commented:
Thanks MorFF.
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DreamMasterCommented:
anytime...
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MorFFCommented:
No problemo
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