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Printing report to a printer on the WAS server, Can it be done?

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  • Printing report to a printer on the WAS server, Can it be done?

    Hi All,

    Has anyone managed to print from a web/mobile client to a printer that is attached to the WAS server?
    I would have thought this would be easy and in some business solutions a common requirement
    The scenario we have is we have a Alpha Anywhere App running on Nexus 10 tablets. The stores person is checking in pallets of goods at the loading bay (So far so good works great)

    But here is our problem... he/she needs to print off labels for the Pallets... Hmm Android Tablet ... not really printer friendly
    1, Tried Google Cloud Print.... if you can get it to work(which we haven't on the tablet) it is really slow and requires a Cloud Print enabled printer or a PC running Chrome etc etc really not a good solution for a Business/Warehouse environment.

    2, (I have played with Epson Print App (Printer I had, yes there is HP etc but they are all sort of the same) This is no good as we would have to save the report as a pdf then go to the print app and find the pdf, then print it... Not really an efficient solution and again, not a good solution for a Business/Warehouse environment.

    3, So I thought we should be able to print the Report to a printer on the server using
    Code:
    last_printer = :report.printer_override("EPSON WorkForce 630 Series")
    	:report.print("[email protected]")
    	:report.printer_override(last_printer)
    This Thead (Post#20) leads you to believe it should work
    http://msgboard.alphasoftware.com/al...t=report.print

    But I keep getting errors like this
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...eportPrint.PNG

    "OK...." I say I will try something else...
    Error executing Ajax callback function 'PrintOnServer' Error reported was:
    Amyuni Low Level Print:
    Layout name: [email protected]
    Layout type: report

    SQLReporting 6 - DataSource record for Layout not found.

    Report Dictionary: LittleShop.alb
    Dictionary found: False
    Report name: TestReport
    Type: REP
    I have tried Saving as PDF on the server.. Like this (3 different versions (copied from MB postings) but all produce the same error)
    Code:
    dim fn as C
    	fn = report.saveas("[email protected]:\A5WebRoot\LittleShop\LittleShop.alb", "rtf", "", "", "C:\reports\test.rtf",.T.)
    	fn = Report.SaveAs("TestReport","PDF","","","C:\Reports\\Test.pdf",.T.)
    	report.saveas("TestReport","PDF","","",".Test.pdf")
    As If I could get the PDF on the server I could print them using the 3rd party tool Watch Directory www.watchdirectory.net/‎

    This is far from ideal (I would rather print to the Printer on the WAS server) but It could work... If only I could get the
    Code:
    Report.SaveAs
    or the
    Code:
    a5w_report_saveAs
    to work

    I have re-published teh alb files I have deleted the whole folder re-published the whole project... tried the various code n a didderent development PC and a different project.... same errors what does
    SQLReporting 6 - DataSource record for Layout not found
    What does that mean? I am at a total loss. It is 4am in the morning and I have been a this for a stupid amount of time...
    Help! what am I missing???

    Oh and by the way, the report prints perfectly to the browser..... so the report is fine well the browser thinks so.

    Other info; I am running Windows 7 and AA Build 1856 4237
    These errors happen in Working Preview, Live Preview and when published to a WAS running on a Windows 2003 server

    Help! what am I missing???
    If anyone can help the Blind here I would be very greatfull


    Bruce
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    Re: Printing report to a printer on the WAS server, Can it be done?

    Command line printing like http://www.cups.org/documentation.php/options.html should do the job because you can shell out to cmd from within xbasic. Works probably best with a true adobe postscript printer if you plan to send PDF's. PS emulation based printers often don't work that well. Xerox has genuine Postscript in their printers most of the time.
    I've seen some postscript printers that would even allow to just ftp the pdf to it, don't recall make however & it's been some time I was working in that playing field.
    Frank

    Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand

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      Re: Printing report to a printer on the WAS server, Can it be done?

      Bruce
      I use EpsonConnect to print from mobiles - you just email the pdf to [email protected] and voila...it works really great. The problem is that i just checked at Epson, and the workforce 630 does not support epsonconnect...

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        Re: Printing report to a printer on the WAS server, Can it be done?

        Hi Jaime,
        Thanks for that. That may still work as the workforce 630 is just the printer I had in my office here that I was using last night. The client will have very different printers so the long term solution may well be HP print or another printer service.

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          Re: Printing report to a printer on the WAS server, Can it be done?

          I think the easiest method is to:

          - print the report to a folder
          - use a "folder watch" utility like this to auto-print the document http://funasset.com/products/silentp...s_features.asp

          Developer Nick Wieland has been using this process at a client for years.
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