How to print files to a PDF printer programmatically?

Question: I am trying to print an existing file to PDF programmatically in Visual Basic 2008.Our current relevant assets are: Visual Studio 2008 Professional Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.0I thought about getting a SDK like ITextSharp, but it seem like overkill for what I am trying to do especially since we have the full version of Adobe.Is there a relatively simple bit of code to print to a PDF printer or will it require a the use of another library to print to PDF? Is there any solution I can resort to on VeryPDF to solve this matter?

Answer: According to your needs, maybe you can have a free trial of this software:VeryPDF PDFPrint SDK, by which you can print any printable files to PDF printer programmatically. Meanwhile this SDK software allows you to call the executable file from C#, VB .NET, MS Visual Basic, Borland Delphi, VBA (MS Office products such as Access) and C++ via COM, C and C++ via native C.  Please check more information of this software on homepage, in the following part, let us check how to use this software.

Step 1. Free download PDFPrint SDK

  • When downloading finishes, there will be an zip file, please extract it to some folder then you can call the executable file in other computer language.
  • Please check all the supported input file formats  and updated information here.

Step 2. Print files to PDF Printer programmatically.

  • When you use this software, please refer to the usage, code templates and examples.
  • Here is one example for your reference, this code is an example of calling this software from Visual Basic

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim nRet As Long
Dim strCmd As String

    strCmd = "pdfprint -$ XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
    strCmd = strCmd & " -printer ""docPrint"""
    strCmd = strCmd & " """ & App.Path & "\readme.pdf"""
   MsgBox (strCmd)
   nRet = VeryPDF_PDFPrint(strCmd)
   MsgBox (Str(nRet))

End Sub

Now let us check some parameters which important to print PDF to a printer:
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
    pdf    : retrieve paper size from PDF file
    number : standard paper size
    others : user defined paper size

There are too many functions and parameters of this software, I can not list all of them here. During the using, if you have any question, please contact us as soon as possible.

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