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Central printing of multiple document types

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I have to write a central printing engine which can combine Word docs, multi-page TIFs, and maybe HTM documents into a single print job. (We need to send each job to a staple/non-staple print, and maybe to a sheet feeder/enveloper).

One solution was to open an instance of Word and use VBA to paste in TIF pages etc. This worked OK but was a little slow. My boss is suggesting we do everything in HTML, converting our Word-template based system into standard HTML clauses which we assemble at runtime into one HTML file and print it.

I don't like this idea; anyone know of an ActiveX solution on the market, or perhaps just a few ideas about how I could code this myself?
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by:manno
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There may be pounds as well as points for this! (Sterling).
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by:n_narayanan
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Why dont you try this to print the pictures

Public Function PrintPictureToFitPage(Prn As Printer, _
 Pic As Picture) As Boolean
 
' #VBIDEUtils#***************************************************
' * Programmer Name  : Waty Thierry
' * Web Site         : www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/6311/
' * E-Mail           : waty.thierry@usa.net
' * Date             : 13/10/98
' * Time             : 09:18
' * Module Name      : Capture_Module
' * Module Filename  : Capture.bas
' * Procedure Name   : PrintPictureToFitPage
' * Parameters       :
' *                    Prn As Printer
' *                    Pic As Picture
' *****************************************************************
' * Comments         : Prints a Picture object as
                       'big as possible
' *
' *
' *************************************************************

Const vbHiMetric As Integer = 8

Dim PicRatio      As Double
Dim PrnWidth      As Double
Dim PrnHeight     As Double
Dim PrnRatio      As Double
Dim PrnPicWidth   As Double
Dim PrnPicHeight  As Double

On Error GoTo ErrorHandler

' *** Determine if picture should be printed in
'landscape or portrait and set the orientation
If Pic.Height >= Pic.Width Then
   Prn.Orientation = vbPRORPortrait ' Taller than wide
Else
   Prn.Orientation = vbPRORLandscape ' Wider than tall
End If

' *** Calculate device independent Width to Height
'ratio for picture
PicRatio = Pic.Width / Pic.Height

' *** Calculate the dimentions of the printable
'area in HiMetric
PrnWidth = Prn.ScaleX(Prn.ScaleWidth, Prn.ScaleMode, vbHiMetric)
PrnHeight = Prn.ScaleY(Prn.ScaleHeight, Prn.ScaleMode, vbHiMetric)

' *** Calculate device independent Width to Height
'ratio for printer
PrnRatio = PrnWidth / PrnHeight

' *** Scale the output to the printable area
If PicRatio >= PrnRatio Then
   ' *** Scale picture to fit full width of printable area
   PrnPicWidth = Prn.ScaleX(PrnWidth, vbHiMetric, _
       Prn.ScaleMode)
   PrnPicHeight = Prn.ScaleY(PrnWidth / PicRatio, _
       vbHiMetric, Prn.ScaleMode)
Else
   ' *** Scale picture to fit full height of printable area
   PrnPicHeight = Prn.ScaleY(PrnHeight, vbHiMetric, _
       Prn.ScaleMode)
   PrnPicWidth = Prn.ScaleX(PrnHeight * PicRatio, _
       vbHiMetric, Prn.ScaleMode)
End If

' *** Print the picture using the PaintPicture method
Prn.PaintPicture Pic, 0, 0, PrnPicWidth, PrnPicHeight
PrintPictureToFitPage = True
Exit Function

ErrorHandler:
   
    PrintPictureToFitPage = False

End Function
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by:manno
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Thanks N Nayaranan but I don't think this code is relevant.

On the other hand maybe I _could_ use a combination of containers and use the VB Print method...
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Points increased from 100
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We need to take an RTF file with bookmarks in it, replace these with database fields, and start a print job where we can append multi-page TIFFs. We also need to add OMR markings to each page. Finally we send the complete job to the printer.

Upping the points as I can't find a way of doing this.
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by:AAMFK
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uh why dont you just do this as a mail merge with access?

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