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  • Email PDF report as attachment

    I'm trying to email a PDF report as an attachment (using version 1507/4150).
    On a UX component I have a send e-mail button which prints a PDF report to Xbasic and then tries to send it as an attachment to an e-mail.
    If I try using the Action Scripting Execute Server Side action, I just get an error message saying that method is not recognised - however if I take the action script Xbasic and use it in the function called after the report is generated, it works fine in that it sends the message body but not the attachment.
    I have another button on the UX to print the report separately and this works fine.
    The report message DIV just shows a "Working" message and then disappears.

    This "problem" has probably been tackled before but it is driving me mad!

  • #2
    Re: Email PDF report as attachment

    Hi Maurice, Did you ever get this resolved. I'm facing the exact situation.


    • #3
      Re: Email PDF report as attachment

      Hi Lee

      I sent details of the problem to Selwyn but he did not come up with an answer - he doubted that there was a bug in the system.
      Now I print the PDF to a file in a user area on my server and then attach that to the e-mail, i.e. I no longer use the "print a PDF report to Xbasic" option.
      It now seems to work consistently and not sporadically as before.
      My reports contain images held as Image Reference fields and I did wonder if this was causing a timing problem within Alpha.
      I hope this helps - if required, I could send you a copy of the script that I use.


      • #4
        Re: Email PDF report as attachment

        Thank you for responding. I would very much like to see your script. I've been requested to do a billing module where I create the bill as a pdf and then email the bills to the clients.


        • #5
          Re: Email PDF report as attachment

          Here's an AJAX Callback example that may help. This UX has an email client-like form on it. And it's on a multi-tenant site so the report is filtered by the customerID. The argument for this is in the report data definition, so no need to supply additional filtering here. Also, this report was developed as a freeform layout report. Reference to a layout-table report is just a bit different as it is not contained in the .alb file.

          dim args as sql::Arguments
          dim Options as p
          dim printOptions as p
          args.set("blank", "")
          args.set("arg_customerID", session.customerID)
          options.propogateErrors = .t.
          printOptions.blank = ""
          reportname = "MyReportName@MyDataBaseName.alb"
          saveAS = "PDF"
          filter = ""
          order = ""
          filename = Request.GetRequestTempFileName("PDF")
          dim message as P
          message.html_message = e.dataSubmitted.body
 = e.dataSubmitted.to_email
          message.subject = e.dataSubmitted.subject
          message.from = e.dataSubmitted.from_email
          message.from_alias = e.dataSubmitted.from_alias
          message.attachments = filename


          • #6
            Re: Email PDF report as attachment

            e-mail function attached - it is more verbose than Steve's as the sending code is taken from the "default" Alpha sending routine which includes the ability to use repository settings, etc.
            It also therefore allows you to use HTML markup in the accompanying message.
            The e-mail settings are held in session variables which are set upon user login so as to"personalise" them.
            Attached Files


            • #7
              Re: Email PDF report as attachment

              Thank you so much. That's exactly what I needed.


              • #8
                Re: Email PDF report as attachment

                Thanks Steve, how do you get to the layout-table report since it's not in the .alb file?


                • #9
                  Re: Email PDF report as attachment

                  Originally posted by leec2000 View Post
                  Thanks Steve, how do you get to the layout-table report since it's not in the .alb file?
                  So if your report is "Customers_by_State" it would be: