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let say now i have asp file as the layout that i want to convert to pdf. i have an adobe distiller and pdf995 with me. i wan to create a vb application to grab data from the database and call the asp file and save it to pdf. is this possible? how can i achieve this? any sample code? pls help
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ASP sounds like a server application. This rules out Distiller (or any part of Acrobat) as the solution. The EULA does not allow the server use of Acrobat with one exception: If you are doing this on an Intranet, and every potential user of this server has a valid license for Acrobat, then you can run Acrobat on the server. Other than that, you need to look for a 3rd party solution. Pdf995 is based on Ghostscript, and does not have this limitation. Using Pdf995 only makes sense if you want to (and can) print to a real printer. If you just want to capture your web page, you can use a tool like the free HTMLDoc (http://www.easysw.com/htmldoc/).
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i want to automatically save the asp file to pdf using the visual basic application. the pdf will be saved into a folder.
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On a server or will this application run on a client machine?
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What do you want the PDF to look like?

If you open the ASP on the server, with any text tool, you'll get the code. If you open it in a browser, using a full url, you should get the HTML result. If it's a dynamic page, you'll only get a STATIC version, a snapshot of what the browser shows.

Is that what you want?
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i want to save the static version of the asp page.. a snapshot from the browser shows.. how to do that?
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HTMLDoc (see link in my first comment) will do this for you. A commercial alternative is activePDF's WebGrabber (http://www.activepdf.com/en/Products/WebGrabber/Start.asp)
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i've solved this issue myself by using vb to write html tags to word doc and save it. then i open up the word doc n convert it to pdf by using distiller.
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You never answered my question about client vs. server. If you are running this on the server, you cannot use Distiller.
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Even though I think angelmist is using Acrobat in breach of the EULA (that's the only explanation I have for not answering my repeated questions regarding server vs. client), I don't have any reason to object to the closing of this question.
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