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    Printing to PDF Issues

    When printing to a PDF Document working in Firefox, the creation of the report is very slow. It displays a file and you can see the creation of the report from top to bottom. It also seems as though the application is hanging.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Re: Printing to PDF Issues

    Have you tried it in a different browser (or why else do you specifically point out FireFox?)?

    What size is the PDF, how many records, how long does it take in develeoper mode to retrieve al records?

    What (download) speed Internet connection are you testing this from and what is your server upload speed?

    Also try the Linearized option in the PDF/report options that should make it load faster.


      Re: Printing to PDF Issues

      I have tried it both in Firefox and IE 6.0. Both Equally Slow. I am trying to print one record or a report with a half a dozen records. What is the linearized option? I am doing this in developer mode.



        Re: Printing to PDF Issues

        I made a couple of discoveries. The problem I am having is opening the PDF file within a browser. I found a property within Alpha to prevent the PDF from opening in the browser and by unchecking the property, the pdf opened in a new window outside of the browser. When doing this there was no problems. The PDF document was created and opened immediately.

        On my personal laptop, from within the development mode, PDFs need to be created and displayed in a different window. Otherwise I am waiting for the PDF to be built from top to bottom when the PDF is created within the browser.

        Anybody experienced this?


          Re: Printing to PDF Issues

          Linearized is an option when producing any PDF, it means it loads page by page (it is also called web optimized). You can supply a set of settings on a web page that allow you to change things like if it's linearized, the quality of the images etc.

          See below - sometimes linearizing a PDF if it's more than one page can make a difference to how fast it loads in a browser:
          Dim pSet as p
          pSet.WatermarkText="D R A F T"
          pSet.WatermarkFontName="Times New Roman"
          You can then supply the array of settings to the report when retrieving:

          filename = report.saveas(reportname,"pdf",filter,order,filename,.f.,[COLOR="Red"]pSet[/COLOR],args)
          Often when opening files in a browser your computer takes a while loading up Acrobat Reader or the relevant browser plug-in, which can be a pain. there are ways of offering a file for opening or saving (search to_blob on this forum) which make it feel a lot faster because it isn't loading the whole PDF before displaying it.


            Re: Printing to PDF Issues

            Thanks Andrea for the information. Even when the PDF was linearized, it was difficult for the PDF to be created from within the browser. I tried IE and Firefox. Same problem. But by opening the PDF in the new window, it functions correctly.
            Have you ever experienced this?


              Re: Printing to PDF Issues

              Originally posted by spmat View Post
              Thanks Andrea for the information. Even when the PDF was linearized, it was difficult for the PDF to be created from within the browser. I tried IE and Firefox. Same problem. But by opening the PDF in the new window, it functions correctly.
              Have you ever experienced this?
              Yes I think so, it is some quirk in Acrobat Reader or something along those lines. You said below you found a property within Alpha, did you mean in Acrobat Reader? I don't seem to be getting the problem any more with more recent releases of Acrobat Reader but do recall something like this when first playing around with file downloads.


                Re: Printing to PDF Issues

                Hello Andrea,

                I specifically pointed out Firefox at first because Firefox is my choice of browsers. At the time I had unistalled Internet Explorer because of the security issues associated with it. I did try IE and it functioned the same. As far as the setting for opening the PDF in a new window, I can't remember where I found the setting. I need to learn to make note of things better so I can return to them when needed.

                Thanks for all your help.