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Printer Canvas Preview?

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Is there any possibility of previewing the printer canvas? It is annoying to print the whole canvas to the printer whenever you change something on it.

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I'm afraid not if you already have stuff on Printer.Canvas...
Printers Canvas is not the same as for example, Bitmaps Canvas - you could take it as a write-only canvas. So,
straightforward approach, ie. copy from printer to screen  won't work.
The way to resolve this could be to draw on bitmap first, and copy it to Printer.Canvas immediately before printing.
But this has some drawbacks, primarily because of low-quality scaling.
The best solution is drawing on metafile, and then copying it to printer.
This is explained in following article:

"Add Print Preview to your applications" : http://www.undu.com/Articles/000207f.html

As you can see, it's a bit of work...

Probably the best thing would be using some free component
for this. For example, http://www.radix.net/~bziegler/Delphi/pprev.zip

There is interesting approach using QRPrinter, and more info here:
http://www.efg2.com/Lab/Library/Delphi/Printing
(search for "Print Preview")
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