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Hi All

I'm evaluating different options to create a PDF from VB. In my opinion, there should be some different ways to create them:

1. Using Acrobate
Perhaps the best or most effective way to go. But too expensive (because I have some hundred clients)

2. Using a PDF Printer
Probably a cheap way but I have to be able to create an Index with 'link'-capability, which is not possible with pure PDF printers...

3. Using Ghost Writer
Hmm... I tried that. Again I have to get the licences (because it's commercial use...) and with my first steps I faild to connect to GW. Does someone knows where to get detailled information about Ghost Writer?

4. Create it on my own
I can remember that at a certain point in my XML-learning process I got in touch with a special function that was able to create a PDF (was it FO?). Is there a way to do the same in VB?

I'll be glad about every hint!

Thanx in Advance
Choli
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pdfcreator is a really solid pdf creation tool that works as a print driver, is written in VB, and is Open-Source to boot!

http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/
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Crystal Reports and Active Reports (from DataDynamics) can also generate PFDs files.
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Yes there is a PDF.OCX.

It comes with the latest download of Adobe Acrobat (for 95 or NT).  and the default install is C:\ACROBAT3\READER\ACTIVEX

It's not real robust, but it allows you to specify either a file or a URL.
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by:waty
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Hi

You could use the Print Preview : http://www.ppreview.net
it can generate PDF, without any other external soft.

Creating yourself PDF by hand is not so easy, PDF format is not so easy to anderstand.

If could send you some sources to start writing PDF.
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Here is an article about GhostScript:
http://www.developersdex.com/gurus/articles/535.asp


HTH
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by:StephenSimpsonx
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Docuprinter LT is an inexpensive PDF printer driver.  http://neevia.com/pricingDPLT.asp

We had an an application once where we used FTF files to fill in a fillable PDF using visual basic.  Works well with forms.

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by:JpmSoft
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Try Pegasus Imaging Print Pro

www.pegasusimaging.com

I've tried it and it works very well!!!
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