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Posted on 2002-03-06
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Hi all,

I'm running Win2000 + MS-Office 2000 + Delphi5 + Adobe Acrobat Writer driver.

I would like to print some Word files in pdf format but I don't know how to select the driver name and to give the filename(.pdf) to the driver

Could you please help ?

Thanks,

Pascal
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by:lopem
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Pascal,

You dont have to define the printer driver from delphi. You can do it from windows printer manager... But
to print a word is not just a matter of sending it to the printer. You have to understand (from delphi), how the internal format of Word documents works).

On the other hand, there are some components... (i think are commercial all of them)... try

http://forum.planetpdf.com/archive/4225.htm

Hope this help
Manuel Lopez (lopem)
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Pascal,

Do you really mean "save some Word files in pdf format"?

If so, the Word (automation) document object SaveAs method allows you to specify the converter.  

You will need to iterate through the word.application.fileconverters collection to find the Adobe Writer.  The Adobe file converter's value is the one you'll use with the SaveAs method.
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Hi Manuel,

It is what I'm actually doing : I open the document with
Word (from Delphi) and I try to give the parameters to the
Word.Printout(params).

I've checked some components, but they only allow to open a pdf file and not to create them.

Regards,

Pascal
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Pascal,

Do you mean you have a virtual printer setup?  If so, you need to set the default printer to Adobe.  There should be no further special processing required other than Print.
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Hi aikimark,

I'm actually testing your solution too but not yet finished !

In fact, when you have installed the Acrobat Writer, it creates a virtual printer (in Word, you can't 'save as' a file as a pdf file but only print it giving a filename.pdf)

I'm trying to iterate the fileconverters but it seems to be hard work !

Regards,

Pascal
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{ List all the file converters installed }
  for i := 1 to Word.FileConverters.Count do
  begin
    Idx := i;
    Converter := Word.FileConverters.Item(Idx);
    ListBox1.Items.Append(Converter.ClassName + ' : ' +
Converter.FormatName);
  end;
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OK, now I get the list of converters ... and Acrobat Writer is not in the list.

As I'm in a hurry with this problem, the quickest way for me will be to use the sendkey command to have the filename.pdf (not very elegant, but ...)
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