Silent Printing from Dynamics NAV

silent printing from NAV

Here is the new concept of Silent Printing from Dynamics NAV. Silent Printing will help you to print from NAV without any user interaction (Page setup, Side by side Printing, Page selection, color settings, Tray Selections).

This will reduce the time to set printing preferences every time.

File formats you can use:
  • PDF Document Format [.pdf]
  • OpenOffice Documents [.odt, .ott, .odg, .odp, .ods]
  • MS Word Documents [.doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .xml]
  • MS PowerPoint Documents [.ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx]
  • MS Excel Documents [.xls, .xlsx, .xlsm]
  • HTML Documents [.htm, .html, .mht, .mhtml]
  • Vector Drawing Formats [.wmf, .emf]
  • Image Formats [.bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, .tiff, .gif, .png, .pcx]
  • Image Formats [.tga, .jp2, .j2k, .jpc, .jpx, .pbm, .pgm, .ppm, .pnm]
Prerequisite:

Very PDF PrintPDF : http://www.verypdf.com/pdfprint/pdfprint_cmd.zip

Steps to Implement Silent printing from NAV 2016: 
  • Download PrintPDF.exe from the above link.
  • Keep this tool in Network Shared Drive, so that NAV can access it.
  • Prepare Codeunit in NAV to run this tool from NAV.

As this tool is command based, you can run this from CMD(Command Prompt). From NAV you can run CMD by creating .Net Assembly variable(‘Windows Script Host Object Model’.WshShell) By creating above variable, you can run CMD from NAV itself.

Silent printing in NAV screenshot

  • Now Prepare a command that will run to do side by side printing.

Silent printing in NAV screenshot 2Explanation of each parameter of the above sample command for Side by Side printing

  1. To Run PDFPrint tool
  2. Bin code of Printer: this is the Bin Code of Printer by running this command from CMD: pdfprint.exe -listbins -printer “HP LaserJet 1020”
  3. Printer Name
  4. Number of copies that you want to print.
  5. Paper type Code: for A4 size, it is “9”.
  6. This “2” will print duplex (side by side) printing.
  7. This parameter will restore the original printer settings after running this command.
  8. Your File Name that you want to print
  • To test this command whether it is working or not, you can run directly from CMD prompt.

Silent printing in NAV screenshot 3

  • Now prepare this command in NAV by creating Text Constant:

Create a function that runs CMD from NAV.

Silent printing in NAV screenshot 4

Now replace CMDcmd_itxt variable with your newly created Text constant Text50001_gCtx.

  • Now run this function. It will print the Test.pdf document without any User Interaction dialog as you defined in command.
All Parameters and their usage with examples:
Parameters Usage: pdfprint.exe [options] [Options] <PDF Files>
-firstpage <int> first page to print, from 1 to max page
-lastpage <int> last page to print, from 1 to max page
-prompt prompt the user with the print dialog so they can change printer settings and/or select pages manually
-printer <string> printer name to print
-savedevmode <string> prompt the user with print dialog and save the printer settings into a disk file
-loaddevmode <string> restore printer settings which saved by -savedevmode parameter
-promptdevmode prompt the user with print dialog and print the printer settings to screen
-devmode <string> restore printer settings which outputed by -promptdevmode parameter
-copies <int> set number of copies to print
-setcopyto set ‘-copies’ value to printer instead of print it several times
-paper <string> paper size to printer
-shell Call default PDF viewer to print PDF file
-shell2 Call default PDF viewer to print PDF file
-shelltime <int> set timeout for shell printing,in milliseconds
-vector render PDF page to vector EMF before printing
-vectorplus render PDF page to vector EMF with GDIPlus before printing
-vectorgray render PDF page to vector EMF with grayscale before printing
-raster render PDF page to image before printing
-raster2 render PDF page to image before printing
-raster2center center the printout when use -raster2
-raster2aa <string> enable font anti-aliasing: yes/no, default is ‘yes’
-raster2aavec <string> enable vector anti-aliasing: yes/no, default is ‘yes’
-rasterbitcount <int> set bitcount for raster image, e.g., 1, 8, 24
-rasterbwtext disable halftone for color text, for -raster2 only
-enhancethinlines enhance thin lines when render PDF file to image
-preproc process PDF file before printing, useful for some damaged PDF files
-printtofile <string> save print spooling data to a disk file
-mergeprintjobs combine all print jobs into one print job
-listprinter list printers in system
-listbins list bins/trays of a printer
-listjobs list print jobs in printer’s queue
-listall list printers, ports, monitors etc.
-chgbin <int> change bin/tray for printer by number
-papersource <string> change bin/tray for printer by name
-settraytopclfile <string> set tray to PCL file directly, only work when ‘-papersource’ used
-winfont use Windows fonts to instead of embedded fonts
-winfont2 force to use Windows fonts to instead of all embedded fonts
-useembedfont use embedded fonts from PDF file
-useunicode <int> enable or disable unicode conversion for PDF printing
-antifonts enable anti-aliased font bitmaps for emulated fonts
-nochgprinter don’t change default printer during printing
-restoreprinter restore original settings to printer after printing
-printermargins reduce to printer margins when printing
-checkjobstatus check status for print jobs
-checkjobtime <int> delay some time before check status for print jobs, in millisecond
-nodelfailjobs don’t delete failed print jobs
-movetotop move print area to top if printer paper not same as PDF paper, default is ‘center’
-openpassword <string> set open password to PDF file
-ispasswordprotected check if a PDF file protected by ‘open password’ or not
-getpagecount read page count from input PDF file
-jobusername <string> specify the name of the user who owns the print job
-jobdocname <string> specify document name of print job
-ownerservicename <string> specify the name of OwnerService on Windows Server 2008
-useownerservice force to use owner service for all systems
-deleteownerservice <string> remove the OwnerService from Windows
-nup <int> print multiple pages on one sheet, nUP printing
-marginscale <string> scale percent for print margins when printing EMF file, range from 1 to 45
-silent print PDF files silently
-timeout <int> specify a timeout to avoid hanging pdfprint process, in millisecond
-wtext <string> watermark on printed document
-wtype <int> type of watermark
-wf <string> font name of watermark
-wh <int> font height of watermark
-ww <int> font width of watermark
-wb specify bold font
-wi specify an italic font
-wu specify an underlined font
-ws specify a strikeout font
-wo <int> opacity of watermark, from 0 to 100
-wa <int> angle of watermark
-wc <string> color of watermark,
-wx <int> X offset of watermark
-wy <int> Y offset of watermark
-quiet don’t print any message on screen
-debug print out debug messages
-logtofile <string> redirect debug message to a log file
-checkspooler check Windows Spooler Service if running before printing
-clickpopup click ‘Retry’ button on ‘Xerox Printer’ automatically
-watermarkfile <string> a .ini file which contain information for multiple watermarks
-$ <string> Input registration key
Examples:
pdfprint.exe -printer “PDFcamp Printer” -copies 3 -paper 9 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -printer “PDFcamp Printer” -paper “pdf” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -printer “PDFcamp Printer” -paper “11x17in” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -printer “PDFcamp Printer” -paper “215.9×279.4mm” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -printer “PDFcamp Printer” -paper “612x792pt” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -printer “docPrint” -paper “612x792pt” -orient 1 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -printer “docPrint” -paper “612x792pt” -orient 2 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -printer “docPrint” -paper “11x14in” -pdforient 3 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -printer “docPrint” -firstpage 1 -lastpage 1 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -prompt C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -firstpage -1 -lastpage -1 C:\lastpage.pdf
pdfprint.exe -scalex 50 -scaley 50 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -scalex 0 -scaley 0 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -scalex -1 -scaley -1 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -duplex 3 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -color 1 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -xres 600 -yres 600 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -xres -4 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -xoffset 200 -yoffset 200 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -scale 50 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -shell -shelltime 5000 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -vector C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -vector -printermargins -nochgprinter C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -raster C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -raster2 -rasterbitcount 1 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -raster2 -rasterbwtext -rasterbitcount 1 -xres 600 -yres 600 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -raster2 -raster2center -printermargins C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -shell C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -shell2 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -preproc C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -printermargins C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -nochgprinter -printer “docPrint” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -mergeprintjobs -copies 3 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -mergeprintjobs C:\*.pdf
pdfprint.exe -mergeprintjobs C:\test*.pdf
pdfprint.exe -mergeprintjobs C:\files.txt
pdfprint.exe C:\files.txt
pdfprint.exe -printtofile C:\out.pcl -printer “HP PCL Printer” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -listprinter
pdfprint.exe -listjobs -printer “docPrint”
pdfprint.exe -listall
pdfprint.exe -listbins -printer “docPrint”
pdfprint.exe -chgbin 15 -printer “docPrint” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -papersource “auto” -printer “docPrint” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -papersource “Tray 1” -printer “docPrint” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -papersource “Manual Feed” -printer “docPrint” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -papersource “Media Tray” -printer “docPrint” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -papersource “Tray 3” -settraytopclfile C:\test.pcl
pdfprint.exe -getpagecount C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -jobusername TestUser C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -savedevmode C:\file.dat -printer “VeryPDF PCL Writer”
pdfprint.exe -loaddevmode C:\file.dat -printer “VeryPDF PCL Writer” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -jobdocname “test.doc” -jobusername “MyName” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -useownerservice -jobdocname “test.doc” -jobusername “MyName” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -winfont -winfont2 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -debug -shell2 -shelltime 1000 -nochgprinter C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -debug -logtofile D:\debug.log C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe http://online.verypdf.com/examples/pdfeditor.pdf
Watermark options during printing:
pdfprint.exe -wtext “Watermark” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -wtext “Watermark” -wtype 1 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -wtext “Watermark” -wf “Arial” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -wtext “Watermark” -wh 200 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -wtext “Watermark” -wb -wi -wu -ws C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -wtext “Watermark” -wo 80 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -wtext “Watermark” -wo 80 -wa 75 C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -wtext “Watermark” -wc “FF0000” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -wtext “Watermark” -wc “00FF00” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -wtext “Watermark” -wc “0000FF” C:\input.pdf
pdfprint.exe -wtext “Watermark” -wx 100 -wy 100 C:\input.pdf
Print WMF and EMF files with vector information:
pdfprint.exe C:\input.wmf
pdfprint.exe C:\input.emf
Print Raster Image formats:
pdfprint.exe C:\input.bmp
pdfprint.exe C:\input.jpg
pdfprint.exe C:\input.tif
pdfprint.exe C:\input.gif
pdfprint.exe C:\input.png
pdfprint.exe C:\input.pcx
pdfprint.exe C:\input.tga
pdfprint.exe C:\input.jp2
pdfprint.exe C:\input.j2k
pdfprint.exe C:\input.pnm
Print multipage TIFF file format:
pdfprint.exe C:\multipage.tif
Print MS Office, TXT, HTML files:
pdfprint.exe C:\test.odt
pdfprint.exe C:\test.ott
pdfprint.exe C:\test.doc
pdfprint.exe C:\test.docx
pdfprint.exe C:\test.ppt
pdfprint.exe C:\test.pptx
pdfprint.exe C:\test.pps
pdfprint.exe C:\test.ppsx
pdfprint.exe C:\test.xls
pdfprint.exe C:\test.xlsx
pdfprint.exe C:\test.rtf
pdfprint.exe C:\test.txt
pdfprint.exe C:\test.html
pdfprint.exe C:\test.mhtml
pdfprint.exe C:\test.xml

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