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Need to view (read) PDF files in a windows form. Is there an inexpensive control for this?

Posted on 2014-03-23
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I might be looking in the wrong place, but I do not see any controls available with in the 2012 Visual Studio tool box.
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE earned 250 total points
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The most popular product for PDF support in .NET is the (free!) iTextSharp, available at SourceForge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/itextsharp/

Regards, Joe
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Thank you for the tip.

Is ITextSharp a COM Component?
Will it work with Visual Basic or just C#?
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One option is to use WebBrowser control which will then render the PDF using the PDF reader that is installed on the system.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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It should work fine with VB, although I've never used it in VB. If you Google "itextsharp vb" you'll get plenty to study, including this tutorial:
http://cjhaas.com/blog/2011/09/03/vb-net-tutorial-for-itextsharp/

Also, take a look at iText's own website:
http://itextpdf.com/

Regards, Joe
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Thank you both for responding to my question. I think this is going to work.
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You're welcome. Good luck on the project! Regards, Joe
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