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Exporting a web form in PDF format

Posted on 2008-06-25
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Is there a way to export in PDF format a web form?  The idea is to have the web form exported into PDF and have it attached to a mail message and sent to a receipient automatically.
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by:David H.H.Lee
ID: 21865681
Dear CLoucas,

Probably you can try this free PDF software generator for asp.net, download iTextSharp framework for the development:
http://itextsharp.sourceforge.net/
http://www.brothersoft.com/downloads/itextsharp-tutorial.html

Tutorial how to use it:
http://www.mazsoft.com/blog/post/2008/04/Code-sample-for-using-iTextSharp-PDF-library.aspx
http://itextsharp.sourceforge.net/tutorial/ch01.html
http://channel9.msdn.com/forums/TechOff/117199-ASPNET-and-iTextSharp-free-PDF-Generator-for-NET/
http://asp-net-whidbey.blogspot.com/2006/04/generating-pdf-files-with-itextsharp.html

You can use it for generate PDF on the fly and later you can attach it inside the email as attachment.
Hope that helps.
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by:CLoucas
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Will this allow to convert the whole web form into PDF?

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by:David H.H.Lee
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Dear CLoucas,
I'm not sure which portion you want to extract into PDF format. However, if you want to scrap the whole web form content, you can use the code the output the entire layout and put into PDF format based on your preferred format via iTExtSharp control that recommended above.
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by:CLoucas
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What I had in mind was to use the report control in ASP.Net 2.0 toolbox.  I just need some guidance to use it.  I am looking for a way to create a single record report, export it to PDF and save it to disk automatically, before it will be attached to an email message and sent to a receipient.
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David H.H.Lee earned 1500 total points
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Dear CLoucas,
Yes, you can output your entire report format and put it in preferred PDF format before send as attachment to the appointed receipient.
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