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    PDF Viewer ActiveX Question

    RE: V9 PDF Viewer example in Alpha Sports "New in Version 9"

    1. Is there any way to program the ActiveX control to set the default view at "Fit Page" rather than 100%. I have a large number of pdfs that are formatted at 11" wide and they need to have the view set to "fit Page" before displaying.

    2. The control doesn't like pdf filenames with spaces in them. You get an "invalid pdf file error" during design.

    e.g. pfd filename = "xxx Technical Report"

    If you change the name by removing the spaces to: "xxxTechnicalReport" there is no error generated. Any way around this?

    3. Is there a way with Alpha 4 V9 to loop down thru a Windows folder and change the name of each file? This could solve my issue with spaces in PDF filenames. I could simply remove the spaces with some code or change the name entirely.

    TIA
    Regards,
    Chet Sapino
    President,
    SAPINO Enterprises
    6451 Pheasant Rd
    East Syracuse, NY 13057

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    Re: PDF Viewer ActiveX Question

    Originally posted by Chet Sapino View Post
    RE: V9 PDF Viewer example in Alpha Sports "New in Version 9"

    1. Is there any way to program the ActiveX control to set the default view at "Fit Page" rather than 100%. I have a large number of pdfs that are formatted at 11" wide and they need to have the view set to "fit Page" before displaying.

    2. The control doesn't like pdf filenames with spaces in them. You get an "invalid pdf file error" during design.

    e.g. pfd filename = "xxx Technical Report"

    If you change the name by removing the spaces to: "xxxTechnicalReport" there is no error generated. Any way around this?

    3. Is there a way with Alpha 4 V9 to loop down thru a Windows folder and change the name of each file? This could solve my issue with spaces in PDF filenames. I could simply remove the spaces with some code or change the name entirely.

    TIA
    1. 100% - don't know....

    2/3. A quick search of the help file for 'file rename' yielded this.. file.rename()

    along with strtran() and filename_parse() you can modify the file name.
    Al Buchholz
    Bookwood Systems, LTD
    Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

    Occam's Razor - KISS
    Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
    Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
    When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
    "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
    Albert Einstein

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      #3
      Re: PDF Viewer ActiveX Question

      Thanks for the info on field renaming. I'm aware of it.

      However, the major issue is I have a large number of pdf reports in a directory. To have to change the names of all of them manually would be horrible. I'm looking for a way to automate the operation, or I'll have to look at another activex pdf viewer - one which is not sensitive to filenames like this one is and one which is programmable.
      Regards,
      Chet Sapino
      President,
      SAPINO Enterprises
      6451 Pheasant Rd
      East Syracuse, NY 13057

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        Re: PDF Viewer ActiveX Question

        Originally posted by Chet Sapino View Post
        Thanks for the info on field renaming. I'm aware of it.

        However, the major issue is I have a large number of pdf reports in a directory. To have to change the names of all of them manually would be horrible. I'm looking for a way to automate the operation, or I'll have to look at another activex pdf viewer - one which is not sensitive to filenames like this one is and one which is programmable.
        With the functions that I started you with along with the references at the bottom of those pages to other functions, you can do the renaming automatically.

        The filefind functions will get a list of files within a directory...
        Al Buchholz
        Bookwood Systems, LTD
        Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

        Occam's Razor - KISS
        Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
        Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
        When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
        "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
        Albert Einstein

        http://www.iadn.com/images/media/iadn_member.png

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          #5
          Re: PDF Viewer ActiveX Question

          Thanks for the info. This might make my life a littler easier!
          Regards,
          Chet Sapino
          President,
          SAPINO Enterprises
          6451 Pheasant Rd
          East Syracuse, NY 13057

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            #6
            Re: PDF Viewer ActiveX Question

            Originally posted by Chet Sapino View Post
            RE: V9 PDF Viewer example in Alpha Sports "New in Version 9"

            1. Is there any way to program the ActiveX control to set the default view at "Fit Page" rather than 100%. I have a large number of pdfs that are formatted at 11" wide and they need to have the view set to "fit Page" before displaying.
            If you can't do it in the "supercontrol" (and I can't see any obvious way to do this), but possibly the folks at Alpha can let you know more?) then you can set this in the PDF itself depending on what PDF tools you use (even creating a PDF from Open Office you can set how it will be displayed in any PDf viewer*). Also if a PDF is set to show bookmarks or show at 100% etc. then I don't know if it is possible to override this.

            * See attached screen shot of OpenOffice PDF Export & of Acrobat Standard V. 7 PDF Options. There are also various cheaper PDF tools than Acrobat, as well as Perl modules, which allow you to change the display options of a PDF file in any reader you open it in.
            Last edited by NoeticCC; 12-27-2008, 02:49 PM.

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              #7
              Re: PDF Viewer ActiveX Question

              My pdf generator is a printer driver called PDF direct. There is no way to set the view before generation _and_ it would be out of the question to regenerate more than 120 pdfs with any software package to solve a problem in V9 that does not exist in my other major development system (Clarion for windows) which lets me set any property of its active x pdf viewer control. In CW, I just set the default zoom before displaying the pdf, i.e., this.default_zoom = 75.

              It would be nice to have some docs on this control and would be nicer yet if we could control the Activex. This is a powerful feature that has some interesting applications if you think about it. The display is instantaneous - light years faster than dbl-clicking on a pdf file to display it normally taking a few seconds. One can simply scroll down thru a directory of pdfs by clicking on a browse, view the pdf and get info displayed out of a dbf related to the pdf. I have an immediate application for this.
              Regards,
              Chet Sapino
              President,
              SAPINO Enterprises
              6451 Pheasant Rd
              East Syracuse, NY 13057

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                #8
                Re: PDF Viewer ActiveX Question

                Originally posted by Chet Sapino View Post
                t would be nice to have some docs on this control and would be nicer yet if we could control the Activex. This is a powerful feature that has some interesting applications if you think about it. The display is instantaneous - light years faster than dbl-clicking on a pdf file to display it normally taking a few seconds. One can simply scroll down thru a directory of pdfs by clicking on a browse, view the pdf and get info displayed out of a dbf related to the pdf. I have an immediate application for this.
                Very much agree - in the Xbasic/object browser you can glimpse some of the possible settings (although not always how to change them!) but there is very much left to guesswork when it comes to these supercontrols...

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                  #9
                  Re: PDF Viewer ActiveX Question

                  Thanks for that info. At least it's a start.
                  Regards,
                  Chet Sapino
                  President,
                  SAPINO Enterprises
                  6451 Pheasant Rd
                  East Syracuse, NY 13057

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                    #10
                    Re: PDF Viewer ActiveX Question

                    Originally posted by Chet Sapino View Post
                    Thanks for that info. At least it's a start.
                    I guess the guys at Alpha don't always realize how keen we lot are to try out stuff that isn't documented... ;)

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