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  • PDFDirect

    Is anyone using the new PDFDirect function? It fails because it's looking for an extension: "\FixedAssets.a5rpt.a5docgen" It adds the extension: ".a5docgen"

  • #2
    I'm curious what benefit we get from this. Is this supposed to help solve the slow PDF creation? And a lot of my PDFs are created via callbacks - need to figure out the Xbasic instruction for this.


    • #3
      I was hoping this would give us a path to fully use all of the features of a PDF file. It would be nice not to use 3rd party API's and have the ability to sign pdfs, archive, concatenate, encrypt and decrypt (HIPPA stuff) and have it really work all the time without issues. I'd like to set up my stuff like the banks where statements are created with a batch file at the end of the month and then my users can have a repository of statements. This way it is captured and we are not building reports on demand from the database months later. Some of this kind of works now. However, it will work for six months then it stops and it makes us look very unprofessional. Or it works great in the IDE but doesn't in production.

      I think Alpha is working hard to get this stuff out. However, right now this new feature doesn't work and I can't find any documentation. It looks like it's changing the name of the report file and then it can't find it.


      • #4
        Yeah the documentations lag from release is an issue.
        Stay Safe.
        Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
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        US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)


        • #5
          I am getting the same error. Also the new pdf title feature seems to not work at all. Other bugs are keeping me from deploying the latest official release. Alpha has fixed one or two bugs, but only in a Nightly Build release, and so far I had not had any luck with those.


          • #6
            I've always used a5w_report_saveAs() to create PDF's from reports. For creating a lot of PDF's at once (I know,"a lot" is subjective) I off load that process to runtime.

            I'm not seeing this PDFDirect function you're referring to. I looked in the prerelease notes too. Must have missed it.
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            • #7
              In Action Javascript\Open Report\LayoutPrint Definition\Initial View. You now have an option to choose "PDFDirect". This is supposed to be a better driver.


              • #8
                I use a5ws_report_saveas() a lot as well. I'm assuming the PDFDirect option can be set as part of that. Haven't spent any time on the release yet though.


                • #9
                  I am having the same issue and the same error message. I too was hoping to have the ability to utilize Acrobat features.


                  • #10
                    This does not appear to be working in yesterday's Official Release 7040-5530.
                    The ,pdf Title feature is not working either.