chipp at chipp.com
Mon Jan 24 22:04:52 CST 2005
Hi Frank et al,
Other than right-clicking and selecting 'print', there's no way to print
programatically from altBrowser. Perhaps a good 'feature enhancement!'
BTW, I just finished designing a cross-platform print solution for a
client. Actually, I found the printing capabilities of Rev to be superb.
Here's my general approach.
1) create a stack for 'print only'
2) set the formatForPrinting of the stack to true
3) If you want to print so that 10pt screen= 10 pt print, then set the
size of the stack to 8.5*72 pixels Wide X 11.0*72 pixels High (612*792).
I position this window offscreen so no one ever sees it
4) Make sure you have good margin settings for your flds so that a
letter won't get 'cut-off' at the end of a line. I set my fld margins to
8 or 10.
5) You need to create a function to check for overflow text. Use the
formattedHeight property of a field to help do this.
6) I was able to create a very nice print preview feature where I
captured the print stack to an img file, then loaded it in a preview
stack at 50% size. Works great on both platforms. I used Ken Ray's tip
on capturing the image of a stack from his www.sonsothunder.com site.
Here's part of the code:
set the defaultStack to "altPrint"
repeat with x = 1 to tNumPages
print card into 0,0,(8.5*72),(11*72)
if x <> tNumPages then print break
renderPage did the work of moving whatever it is I wanted to the page.
tNumPages is the number of pages I wanted printed. Note the 'print
break' command to force a new page.
hope this helps,
Frank Leahy wrote:
> I don't know if this would work, but what about printing from Chipp's
> altBrowser plugin?
> Maybe Chipp can chime in here about whether one can print from altBrowser.
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