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Printing PDF Programatically knowing when acrobat is finished

Posted on 2011-03-10
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I am using the following code which I got on EE.   I have aloop reading through a textbox that has the full path and name of the file ie:

E:\991222\PT00002.pdf
E:\991222\PT00003.pdf
E:\991222\PT00004.pdf

I read each file and first print out a banner sheet with the information on the file.  I then need to print the file and I am using the following code:
 
  Dim p As New System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo()
        p.Verb = "print"
        p.WindowStyle = ProcessWindowStyle.Normal
        p.FileName = filestring
        p.UseShellExecute = True
        System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(p)

Whats happening is because the banner sheets are quick and the acrobat files take a while it is not going in order.  I need to somehow monitor the acrobat file and then send the next file after it is complete.  

Your help is appreciated.
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Question by:rphilipson
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by:gamarrojgq
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Hi,

You can do it like this

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Sorry, here it is the code
Dim p As New System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo()
	Dim objProcess As System.Diagnostics.Process
        Try

            p.Verb = "print"
            p.WindowStyle = ProcessWindowStyle.Normal
            p.FileName = filestring
	    p.UseShellExecute = True

            objProcess = New System.Diagnostics.Process()
            objProcess.StartInfo = p
            objProcess.Start()

            'Wait until the process passes back an exit code 
            objProcess.WaitForExit()

            'Free resources associated with this process
            objProcess.Close()
        Catch
            MessageBox.Show("Could not start process ", "Error")
        End Try

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by:rphilipson
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In my print queue it is not in the order I sent it to print.  I think there must be a delay on the waitforexit.  Is there a way to easily check the queue and see if the file PT00002.pdf is in the queue before continuing.  Thanks
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by:gamarrojgq
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Well if you want to check the printer queue, here is a link where explain the topic

http://www.codeproject.com/KB/printing/printwatchvbnet.aspx
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by:rphilipson
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havent tried it yet
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