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  • Specify Printer with a Runtime

    Hi All,

    All reports in the app are designed to use the 'Default' printer but one report is used for receipts needs the print properties to be specific to a Receipt printer. How can we do this on the clients PC if they do not have the full version, the Runtime does not allow access to the report's printer properties.

    Michael

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    Re: Specify Printer with a Runtime

    Michael,

    We have a situation where our workers request files from specific filerooms. those requests are in the form of a printed request ot a specific printer on our network. All users have these two printers (fileroom3 and fileroom4) defined on their PC's. The following code uses the "report_printer_override" function to accomplish this.

    Code:
    DIM vcprinter as C = ""
    'vcprinter should never be blank Code makes sure we dont send of a blank request
    IF FLOR="3" .and. close3<>"X" THEN
    	vcprinter = "FileRoom3"
      elseif FLOR="4"
    	vcprinter = "FileRoom4"
      elseif FLOR ="3" .and. close3 = "X"
      	vcprinter = "FileRoom4"  'print 3rd floor requests to 4th floor when 3 is closed
      else
    	ui_msg_box(aa.bcbss.agency+" File Room System","No Valid File Room Printer Specified, "+chr(13)+"File Room "+FLOR +" Specified - Cannot Print Request")
      	end
    end if
    
    a5_previous_printer_name=ui_printer_default_get()
    delete options
    dim options as p
    options.dummy=1
    options_text=<<%str%
    <papersize="Letter 8 1/2 x 11 in">
    
    %str%
    property_from_string(options,options_text)
    delete options.dummy
    delete oldOptions
    dim oldOptions as p
    oldOptions.dummy = 1
    old_printer_name = report.Printer_override(a5_previous_printer_name,options,oldOptions)
    delete oldOptions.dummy
    
    on error goto errors2 'if they cannot communicate with the printer will error, and this restores the default if so
    temp=ui_printers_get()
    'Select the correct printer name this should work for any OS
    ans = alltrim(*for_each(foo,if((vcprinter $ word(temp,*counter(),crlf())),word(temp,*counter(),crlf()),""),temp))
    if ans =""
    ui_msg_box("ERROR","No printer named")
    end
    end if 
    if w_count(ans,crlf())>1
    ui_msg_box("ERROR","Duplicate printer names print job will be canceled")
    end
    end if
    :report.printer_override(ans)
    :Report.Print("case Request Card@fileroom.set",query.filter,query.order)
    'after printing we must reset the printer back to the way it was when we started
    :report.printer_override("")

    This is code that goes under a button the user presses to request a specific file from one of the file rooms.

    Hope it helps.

    Tom

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    • #3
      Re: Specify Printer with a Runtime

      Report.printer_override()

      Just a hair slow today..........
      There can be only one.

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      • #4
        Re: Specify Printer with a Runtime

        Tom and Stan

        Thanks again, the Report.printer_override() should fit my needs.

        Michael

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        • #5
          Re: Specify Printer with a Runtime

          Originally posted by Stan Mathews View Post
          Report.printer_override()

          Just a hair slow today..........
          Hair today - gone tomorrow.... at least that what I found..
          Al Buchholz
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          • #6
            Re: Specify Printer with a Runtime

            I resemble that remark.......
            There can be only one.

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            • #7
              Re: Specify Printer with a Runtime

              I have a variable to keep the number of copies.
              Dim vN_Copies as N = 4
              How do you pass the value into this string?

              options_text=<<%str%
              <papersize="Letter 8 1/2 x 11 in">
              <copies=4>
              %str%

              Thanks

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              • #8
                Re: Specify Printer with a Runtime

                Code:
                Dim vN_Copies as N = 4
                
                
                options_text=<<%str%
                <papersize="Letter 8 1/2 x 11 in">
                <copies=qq_Copies>
                %str%
                
                ? options_text
                = <papersize="Letter 8 1/2 x 11 in">
                <copies=qq_Copies>
                
                
                options_text = strtran(options_text,"qq_Copies",alltrim(str(vN_Copies)))
                ? options_text
                = <papersize="Letter 8 1/2 x 11 in">
                <copies=4>
                There can be only one.

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                • #9
                  Re: Specify Printer with a Runtime

                  vN_Copies=4
                  text=<<%str%
                  <papersize="Letter 8 1/2 x 11 in">
                  %str%
                  text=text+"<copies="+vN_Copies+">"

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                  • #10
                    Re: Specify Printer with a Runtime

                    Hi Stan, Ray

                    Thanks

                    Is there another method of getting the values into the string?
                    Reason for asking, I think I have used another method some time ago, but cannot get it. Busy sifting through all my code, but cannot find it.

                    If I remember correctly, I have passed the variable into the string.

                    Something similar to this email template:

                    <message_body=<<%str%
                    <<"To: "+Var->;vC_Name|>>
                    <<Ac_Comp|>>
                    <<Ac_Cntry|>>
                    <<Ac_Dte|>>
                    <<Ac_Tm||10|2>>
                    <<Ac_desc|>>
                    <<Ac_Webid||10|0>>
                    %str%>


                    But not sure about the other method...
                    If I cannot get that, the strtran() works perfectly

                    Thanks
                    Walter

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                    • #11
                      Re: Specify Printer with a Runtime

                      You're probably thinking of REPLACE_PARAMETERS() or REPLACE_VARIABLES_IN_STRING().
                      There can be only one.

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