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  • Download and view PDF on an iPhone

    Does anybody know how to set up a grid so a linked PDF file can be opened and viewed on an iPhone?

    Download File (through the feature pack) works beautifully on a regular computer - PDF downloads, it asks what software to use to open, life is great. On an iPhone however, nothing happens when that button is pushed, so I know I need to do something else. An iPhone will view a PDF from a web site.

    I'm DBF. It's a referenced file that I uploaded via the Upload File feature pack. I've saved the file name as "<ShortFilename>" combined with [PathAlias.ADB_Path]\PDF to put it in the right place - in the field Cd_pdf. Using those same setting on the Download File button, works just great there (except the iPhone problem).

    I've watched all the Download File feature pack videos - not finding anything there.

    I tried doing a hyperlink, but that wants to open a page.

    I'm thinking this will be one of those things where I see the answer and think "doh, I knew that", but at the moment, I actually don't!
    Wendy Welton
    Architect
    past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!

    http://www.artformhomeplans.com/

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    Re: Download and view PDF on an iPhone

    btw - I think the fly in the ointment is that it asks if you want to save or open, and then asks what program to open it with. You don't actually save a file on an iPhone, so I think it's stopping when that dialogue doesn't get answered. So, maybe there's a way to have that just default to Open and to however an iPhone views a PDF? But are those settings in the browser, not A5?

    I'm told that on an iPhone you can both view a PDF from a web site and forward it on via email - which is what my builders need to do.
    Wendy Welton
    Architect
    past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!

    http://www.artformhomeplans.com/

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    • #3
      Re: Download and view PDF on an iPhone

      Hmmmm - the sound of crickets....

      I think this can't be done via File Download, but - a PDF page like this can be displayed on an iPhone - http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/document...ewdcd/handbook. So, I'm going to start a new thread and ask a different question.
      Wendy Welton
      Architect
      past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!

      http://www.artformhomeplans.com/

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      • #4
        Dynamic PDF web page from referenced field in A5?

        I have a table with a field for referenced PDF files. My clients need to be able to view that PDF on an iPhone. (Download File works perfectly on a computer, but not on an iPhone). Is there a way to dynamically create a PDF web page using that field/PDF file in A5?

        Here's the kind of page that's the goal:

        http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/document...d/handbook.pdf
        Wendy Welton
        Architect
        past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!

        http://www.artformhomeplans.com/

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        • #5
          Re: Dynamic PDF web page from referenced field in A5?

          Hmmmm - or is there a way to put a button on a grid that attaches the PDF that's referenced in a field to an email?

          My users can open and view a PDF that's in an email.
          Wendy Welton
          Architect
          past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!

          http://www.artformhomeplans.com/

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          • #6
            Re: Download and view PDF on an iPhone

            Code:
            <%a5
            dim PDFFile as c = "c:\path\to\your.pdf"
            Response.MIME_Type = "application/pdf"
            ? file.to_blob(PDFFile)
            %>
            Last edited by Lenny Forziati; 08-16-2011, 12:57 PM. Reason: to_blob

            Lenny Forziati
            Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
            Alpha Software Corporation

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            • #7
              Re: Download and view PDF on an iPhone

              Thanks!

              I'm still quite the newbie. I would use this in a custom field? I can do more research on exactly how to implement if I have a wee bit of a shove in the right direction.

              Oh - and "application" will be the name of my application, I assume? That's not a special word in A5?
              Last edited by WendyWelton; 08-16-2011, 11:08 AM.
              Wendy Welton
              Architect
              past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!

              http://www.artformhomeplans.com/

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              • #8
                Re: Download and view PDF on an iPhone

                btw - THRILLED to see there's a way. Thanks not just a little, but a whole lot.
                Wendy Welton
                Architect
                past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!

                http://www.artformhomeplans.com/

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                • #9
                  Re: Download and view PDF on an iPhone

                  Originally posted by Lenny Forziati View Post
                  Code:
                  <%a5
                  dim PDFFile as c = "c:\path\to\your.pdf"
                  Response.MIME_Type = "application/pdf"
                  ? file.from_blob(PDFFile)
                  %>
                  Lenny,

                  That doesn't work for me. Here is my code:
                  Code:
                  <%a5
                  dim PDFFile as c = "C:\Documents and Settings\PG\My Documents\text\Alpha\AlphaFiveProjectDevelopmentGuidelines.pdf"
                  Response.MIME_Type = "application/pdf"
                  ? file.from_blob(PDFFile)
                  %>
                  Here is what I get as a page error:
                  500 Internal Server Error
                  "Script Error
                  Error:Script: /AlphaBase/pDF_Test.a5w line:13
                  ? file.from_blob(PDFFile)
                  The number of arguments or the type of one or more arguments do not match any existing function."
                  Peter
                  AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

                  Peter@AlphaBaseSolutions.com
                  https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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                  • #10
                    Re: Download and view PDF on an iPhone

                    And if I do this:
                    Code:
                    <%a5
                    dim bb as b
                    dim PDFFile as c = "C:\Documents and Settings\PG\My Documents\text\Alpha\AlphaFiveProjectDevelopmentGuidelines.pdf"
                    Response.MIME_Type = "application/pdf"
                    ? file.from_blob(PDFFile,bb)
                    %>
                    I get "File does not begin with '%PDF-'"
                    Peter
                    AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

                    Peter@AlphaBaseSolutions.com
                    https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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                    • #11
                      Re: Download and view PDF on an iPhone

                      Peter! Thank you so much. I would never even have known what was supposed to work or not! (PS, Friday is baking day... ;-))
                      Wendy Welton
                      Architect
                      past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!

                      http://www.artformhomeplans.com/

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                      • #12
                        Re: Download and view PDF on an iPhone

                        I would say

                        ? file.from_blob(PDFFile)

                        should be

                        ? file.to_blob(PDFFile)
                        Tim Kiebert
                        Eagle Creek Citrus
                        A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Download and view PDF on an iPhone

                          Originally posted by Tim Kiebert View Post
                          I would say

                          ? file.from_blob(PDFFile)

                          should be

                          ? file.to_blob(PDFFile)
                          Hhmm... you're right about that, Unfortunately, I still get the latter error message:

                          File does not begin with '%PDF-'
                          Peter
                          AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

                          Peter@AlphaBaseSolutions.com
                          https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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                          • #14
                            Re: Download and view PDF on an iPhone

                            Originally posted by Peter.Greulich View Post
                            Hhmm... you're right about that, Unfortunately, I still get the latter error message:

                            File does not begin with '%PDF-'
                            Did you go back to Lenny's orignal suggestion as opposed to your 'extended' version?
                            Tim Kiebert
                            Eagle Creek Citrus
                            A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Download and view PDF on an iPhone

                              You bet.

                              I would love somebody to confirm this. I had this problem in the past as well.
                              Peter
                              AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

                              Peter@AlphaBaseSolutions.com
                              https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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