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Posted on 2012-04-10
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Hi Experts,

I like to print PDF's in a batch process on my Win 2003 server, how can that be done?
I have a process on the server that is polling a map and can fire a job when a PDF is placed in this map, but what command do I have to give to print the PDF?
Do I need specific software (Free if possible)

Thanks

Murph
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by:arnold
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http://www.robvanderwoude.com/printfiles.php

Has examples of command lines that you can use.
Powershell example
http://powershell.com/cs/blogs/karl-prosser/archive/2009/02/10/print_2D00_file_2D00_function.aspx

A different option could be to use PDF to ps converters and then send the ps to the printer
Presumably your printers support raw ps printing.
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by:theo kouwenhoven
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Hi Arnold,

Tanks for the response,
The first link is the status that I reached and discovered that there is a difference between the command for a PC and for a Sever, according to Adobe it's only possible on a server with a real (payed) server version.

A .bat file containing the following command, works on the PC
"C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" /T /H %1 %2
(Where %1 is the PDF's fullpath and %2 the printer name)

I tried the powershell version, but have a simular problem, Karl Prosser also mentioned on his site :
"I haven’t yet been brave enough to try it on PDFs with adobe reader."

How do I convert PDF to PsotScript or PCL and haw can I send that to my printer?
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theo kouwenhoven earned 0 total points
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Hi All,

We solved the problem by writing a java program, this program is polling a mapped drive so that any PDF copied to that map will be printed.
Because it's a solution written for a customer. I'm not allowed to publish.
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by:theo kouwenhoven
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I didn't receive a solution so we had to find someone who was able to writ this for us.
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