Alpha Software Mobile Development Tools:   Alpha Anywhere    |   Alpha TransForm subscribe to our YouTube Channel  Follow Us on LinkedIn  Follow Us on Twitter  Follow Us on Facebook



The Alpha Software Forum Participation Guidelines

The Alpha Software Forum is a free forum created for Alpha Software Developer Community to ask for help, exchange ideas, and share solutions. Alpha Software strives to create an environment where all members of the community can feel safe to participate. In order to ensure the Alpha Software Forum is a place where all feel welcome, forum participants are expected to behave as follows:
  • Be professional in your conduct
  • Be kind to others
  • Be constructive when giving feedback
  • Be open to new ideas and suggestions
  • Stay on topic

Be sure all comments and threads you post are respectful. Posts that contain any of the following content will be considered a violation of your agreement as a member of the Alpha Software Forum Community and will be moderated:
  • Spam.
  • Vulgar language.
  • Quotes from private conversations without permission, including pricing and other sales related discussions.
  • Personal attacks, insults, or subtle put-downs.
  • Harassment, bullying, threatening, mocking, shaming, or deriding anyone.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Sexually explicit or violent material, links, or language.
  • Pirated, hacked, or copyright-infringing material.
  • Encouraging of others to engage in the above behaviors.

If a thread or post is found to contain any of the content outlined above, a moderator may choose to take one of the following actions:
  • Remove the Post or Thread - the content is removed from the forum.
  • Place the User in Moderation - all posts and new threads must be approved by a moderator before they are posted.
  • Temporarily Ban the User - user is banned from forum for a period of time.
  • Permanently Ban the User - user is permanently banned from the forum.

Moderators may also rename posts and threads if they are too generic or do not property reflect the content.

Moderators may move threads if they have been posted in the incorrect forum.

Threads/Posts questioning specific moderator decisions or actions (such as "why was a user banned?") are not allowed and will be removed.

The owners of Alpha Software Corporation (Forum Owner) reserve the right to remove, edit, move, or close any thread for any reason; or ban any forum member without notice, reason, or explanation.

Community members are encouraged to click the "Report Post" icon in the lower left of a given post if they feel the post is in violation of the rules. This will alert the Moderators to take a look.

Alpha Software Corporation may amend the guidelines from time to time and may also vary the procedures it sets out where appropriate in a particular case. Your agreement to comply with the guidelines will be deemed agreement to any changes to it.

Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

Try a Search First
It is highly recommended that a Search be done on your topic before posting, as many questions have been answered in prior posts. As with any search engine, the shorter the search term, the more "hits" will be returned, but the more specific the search term is, the greater the relevance of those "hits". Searching for "table" might well return every message on the board while "tablesum" would greatly restrict the number of messages returned.

When you do post
First, make sure you are posting your question in the correct forum. For example, if you post an issue regarding Desktop applications on the Mobile & Browser Applications board , not only will your question not be seen by the appropriate audience, it may also be removed or relocated.

The more detail you provide about your problem or question, the more likely someone is to understand your request and be able to help. A sample database with a minimum of records (and its support files, zipped together) will make it much easier to diagnose issues with your application. Screen shots of error messages are especially helpful.

When explaining how to reproduce your problem, please be as detailed as possible. Describe every step, click-by-click and keypress-by-keypress. Otherwise when others try to duplicate your problem, they may do something slightly different and end up with different results.

A note about attachments
You may only attach one file to each message. Attachment file size is limited to 2MB. If you need to include several files, you may do so by zipping them into a single archive.

If you forgot to attach your files to your post, please do NOT create a new thread. Instead, reply to your original message and attach the file there.

When attaching screen shots, it is best to attach an image file (.BMP, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, etc.) or a zip file of several images, as opposed to a Word document containing the screen shots. Because Word documents are prone to viruses, many message board users will not open your Word file, therefore limiting their ability to help you.

Similarly, if you are uploading a zipped archive, you should simply create a .ZIP file and not a self-extracting .EXE as many users will not run your EXE file.
See more
See less

New word_merge_python to PDF, possible?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • New word_merge_python to PDF, possible?

    I'm looking in today's pre-release notes at the word_merge_python, which performs merge just like a5_word_merge_dotnet, but it does not need office installed in the server.
    The problem is the generated file is a word document, does anyone have a trick to generate a PDF instead?

    Many thanks

  • #2
    Re: New word_merge_python to PDF, possible?

    Yes there is a pdf merge function but you need to install a free third party tool to use it. Search the documentation for pdf_fillInFields_merge


    • #3
      Re: New word_merge_python to PDF, possible?

      Thanks! But I need to merge in a *word* document, and then generate a resulting PDF ( currently it merges the word document to a resulting word document ). The function you mention merges a pdf document to a pdf document


      • #4
        Re: New word_merge_python to PDF, possible?

        Then check the new functionality "Generate a File in an Ajax Callback and then Download It." In the release notes for Alpha Anywhere V4.6.1.6 - Build 6348-5409 22-DEC-2019 there is a link to a video.


        • #5
          Re: New word_merge_python to PDF, possible?

          What does it have to do with word conversion to PDF ?


          • #6
            Re: New word_merge_python to PDF, possible?

            It gives you a resource to figure out your question. Your question is too vague to tell you exactly how to perform what you are looking for.

            Do you want to do a word merge first and then convert the word to pdf? If so then that requires either office or python installed on the server.
            If you want to ultimately end up with a pdf, then start with pdf and do a pdf merge thus eliminating the office middleman.
            There's functions to export a report as a pdf, nothing to install. Create a report and export to pdf.
            Install a pdf printer such as cutepdf or use the PDF printer that Alpha has built in (Amunyi) and print the word document to that printer which will convert your doc to pdf. See documenation link https://documentation.alphasoftware....Properties.xml

            If you want a magic button that does everything for you, submit a feature request.

            Lots of options for you to mull over. All of them have everything to do with word conversion to PDF.


            • #7
              Re: New word_merge_python to PDF, possible?

              I know about those methods, but none help me for what i need. Here is a more detailed explanation:
              - my customer has already many beautiful Word document templates
              - we need to merge data into those templates and email the result **in PDF**
              - building report equivalents ( which is what i did in the meantime ) is really lengthy and tedious
              I then stumbled upon the new word_merge_python function which suits me (because it doesn't require office in the server), but i still need a way to convert the resulting word document to pdf


              • #8
                Re: New word_merge_python to PDF, possible?

                Originally posted by scrimej View Post
                Do you want to do a word merge first and then convert the word to pdf? If so then that requires either office or python installed on the server.
                How does python convert word to pdf?


                • #9
                  Re: New word_merge_python to PDF, possible?

                  That's why I think you need a PDF conversion tool like Amunyi or CutePDF. Once you convert the merged Word Document to PDF on the Server, then you can use any method you want to download the PDF to the Client or set as an attachment in an email.


                  • #10
                    Re: New word_merge_python to PDF, possible?

                    Has anyone any idea how to open a word document in the server using python ( no office in the server ) and then transform it into pdf?


                    • #11
                      Re: New word_merge_python to PDF, possible?

                      Could use an API

                      These support CURL so you can do what you want from Xbasic
                      Alex Collier

                      "The spread of computers and the Internet will put jobs in two categories. People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do"

                      AA Builds from 5221_5152 to Pre-releases >> Deploying to IIS in AWS


                      • #12
                        Re: New word_merge_python to PDF, possible?

                        Thanks Alex, that's useful!