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?