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    Print Multiple Docs to One PDF


    Within our two applications we create PDFs for milestone documents. i.e. quotes, delivery notes, invoices etc.

    These are written to a table called Files to which users can add any Windows compliant file (Excel, Word, scanned image etc)

    These files sit in a job set.
    It would be useful if we could print these files into one PDF document.

    Can this be done with Xbasic?

    Many thanks

    Database Software Solutions Limited
    PRECISE360 -

    Re: Print Multiple Docs to One PDF

    Print to one document, no. Combine multiple pdf's, yes - PDF_APPEND(). Or pdf_append_list().
    Last edited by Stan Mathews; 09-11-2017, 08:12 AM.
    There can be only one.


      Re: Print Multiple Docs to One PDF

      Originally posted by Stan Mathews View Post
      Print to one document, no. Combine multiple pdf's, yes - PDF_APPEND(). Or pdf_append_list().
      Many thanks Stan.

      That would work if all the files were PDFs.

      However, in the table there will be other files and they will be interspersed between the PDFs.

      Could Xbasic be used to scan the file and append all the PDFs into one PDF.
      Then rescan and print out each of the non PDF files.

      Kind regards

      Database Software Solutions Limited
      PRECISE360 -
      LYNCHPIN -


        Re: Print Multiple Docs to One PDF

        I assume you mean the names of the files are in the table. You can get the complete list of file names by querying for whatever unique identifier you have and looping through those records and adding the file name to a variable if the extension is pdf, another variable if it is not. You could do the same with table.external_record_content_get() and an appropriate filter.
        There can be only one.


          Re: Print Multiple Docs to One PDF

          Not sure how you are generating your pdf files. If you're doing so by printing to a file, Print Options allow for the use of concatenate, which will append to the pdf file if it already exists.

          delete PrintOptions
          DIM PrintOptions as P
          With PrintOptions
          	.Concatenate = .t.
          	.HasWatermark = .f.
          	.MultilingualSupport = .t.
          	.EmbedFonts = .t.
          	.LinearizeForWeb = .f.
          	.Colors2GrayScale = .f.
          	.ConvertHyperlinks = .f.
          	.WatermarkType = "Text"
          	.WatermarkText = "D R A F T"
          	.WatermarkFontName = "Times New Roman"
          	.WatermarkFontSize = 172
          	.WatermarkRotation = 450
          	.WatermarkColorHex = "E8FED2"
          	.WatermarkHorizPos = 120
          	.WatermarkVertPos = -120
          	.WatermarkOnTop = .f.
          	.WatermarkPDF = ""
          	.Encrypt = .f.
          	.OwnerPassword = ""
          	.UserPassword = ""
          	.CanPrint = .t.
          	.CanModifyDocument = .t.
          	.CanCopy = .t.
          	.CanAddNotes = .t.
          	.Use128BitKey = .t.
          	.JpegQuality = "Low"
          End with
          query.filter = ""
          query.order = ""
          :Report.SaveAs("Test Report","PDF",query.filter,query.order,"",.T.,PrintOptions)
          Last edited by Tim Sutherland; 09-12-2017, 09:17 AM.