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Prints the PDF file that is currently in memory.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
DynaPDF 5.4 ❌ No ✅ Yes ❌ No ✅ Yes, on Windows ❌ No
MBS( "DynaPDF.Print"; PDF { ; PrinterName; TempPath; DocName; PrintFlags; MarginLeft; MarginTop; MarginRight; MarginBottom; ShowDialog; MaxRes } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
PDF The PDF reference returned from DynaPDF.New. $pdf
PrinterName Printer name.
Ignored if dialog is shown.
See Printer.PrinterNames functiomn for printer names.

If empty, we take it from printer settings.
"myPrinter" Optional
TempPath The path to temporary folder.
Can be empty for default folder.
"" Optional
DocName The name of the print job. "My PDF Print" Optional
PrintFlags The flags for printing.
Can be a combination of Default, 1bit, Color, AutoRotateAndCenter, PrintAsImage or ShrinkToPrintArea.
Can be just the text name of an option or the sum of the numbers.
"Color" Optional
MarginLeft The margin for the left for the page.
Pass zero if you don't need an extra margin.
MarginTop The margin for the top for the page. Optional
MarginRight The margin for the right for the page. Optional
MarginBottom The margin for the bottom for the page. Optional
ShowDialog Available in MBS FileMaker Plugin 6.5 or newer.
Whether to show dialog.
Default is 0 as we want no dialog.
Pass 1 to show a dialog here.
0 Optional
MaxRes The maximum resolution to use.
If value is zero or empty, we use default print resolution.
300 Optional


Returns OK or error.


Prints the PDF file that is currently in memory.
At time of publication the function is implemented on Windows only and pages are printed as image.
The parameter DocName is optional but should be set if possible. The document name is set to "out" if no name is provided.

Output color format
It is possible to determine which color formats a printer supports as input, but it is not possible to determine whether a printer outputs black & white, gray shades, or color. The default should be set to gray or 1 bit but the user should be able to configure the color format.

Maximum output resolution
The maximum output resolution is 600 DPI to restrict the memory usage and to reduce the amount of data that must be send to the printer.

Default0Gray printing
1Bit1B/W printing. Recommended for b&w printers
Color2Color printing
AutoRotateAndCenter4Rotate and center pages if necessary
PrintAsImage8Default on Windows
ShrinkToPrintArea16Useful if a page contains no margins
PrintPageAsIs256Print page as is, ignoring paper size.

Please use PDFKit.Print for macOS.

If you only want to print a selection of pages, please only import those pages via DynaPDF.ImportPDFPage function. Or use DynaPDF.DeletePage to remove the pages you don't want to print.

Requires DynaPDF Pro license.
For all image operation, it is recommended to initialize color management with DynaPDF.InitColorManagement function.

See also Print function in DynaPDF manual.


Prints a PDF to printer

MBS( "DynaPDF.Print"; $PDF; "MyPrinter")

Import PDF and print:

#Initialize DynaPDF if needed
If [MBS("DynaPDF.IsInitialized") ≠ 1]
    Perform Script [“InitDynaPDF”]
End If
#Clear current PDF document
Set Variable [$pdf; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.New")]
#Load PDF from container
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromContainer"; $pdf; Print PDFs::InputPDF)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.ImportPDFFile"; $pdf; $destpage)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.Print"; $pdf; Print PDFs::Printer Name; 2+4+16)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.Release"; $pdf)]

Print with dialog:

""; // printer name
""; // temp path
""; // job name
"Default"; // options
""; // margins
1) // show dialog

Print with portrait:

Set Variable [ $Flags ; Value: 16 ]
Set Variable [ $ShowDialog ; Value: 0 ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "DynaPDF.Print.SetSetting"; "PaperSize"; 9) // A4 210 x 297 mm ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "DynaPDF.Print.SetSetting"; "Orientation"; 1) // Portrait ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "DynaPDF.Print.SetSetting"; "PrinterName"; "Microsoft Print to PDF") ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("DynaPDF.Print"; $pdf; ""; ""; ""; $Flags; ""; ""; ""; ""; $ShowDialog) ]

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This function is free to use.

Created 21st October 2015, last changed 3th April 2024

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