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Hello, is there a way to print a PDF file in C# directly to the printer without opening adobe reader/acrobat?  This program will likely be used in environments where the reader is not necessarily installed.

I've seen the following posted here but this depends on acrobat:
            Process p = new Process();
            p.StartInfo = new ProcessStartInfo(C:\\temp.pdf);
            p.StartInfo.Verb = "print";
            p.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = true;
            p.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = true;
            p.Start();

Any help or pointer to a .net control (free is possible) would be great.
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Sorry, I guess it's not free, but does still look easy...
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jhance, thanks for the link, does seem pretty easy but has an $899 price tag!
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Adobe doesnt use the same printing commands as the rest of the world (well, as MS at least).

I found a free exe that can send pdf's directly to the printer. Use it from your code.

http://www.geocities.com/sea_sbs/files/pdfp.zip

Not the most elegant solution but it worked for me.
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by:ruz
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vb_jonas, thanks, but that program essentially launches acrobat reader and sets the /t parameter to run in silent mode, which doesn't seem to work well for Acrobat 5.0+.  Also it tries to kill the acrobat.exe process with a Sleep(1000) delay but can't find it since the user could be using adobe reader or acrobat.  But if there is a command line application that can do the same functionality as this without relying on adobe reader and properly handles PDF files to the printer that would be great.
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Have you looked at the pdf995 suite of software?  It is something like $9 and allows a huge range of options.
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