Not a dumb question at all. In this particular case, the receiving PC that is to be storing/printing the documents will be taking jobs from multiple networks, buildings, etc by either piping an email account, or downloading via a user's upload from a webpage. We already have a solution for catching jobs in the print spooler (not ours), but need to automate the sending of the documents to the spooler itself.
The only way I've ever sent documents to the spooler was by opening up the full application (ex: Microsoft Word), and using the GUI to send the print job. Since the PC housing and releasing these files is expected to be un-manned and sit in a back room, we just need to be able to silently print the jobs in the background. Opening multiple applications over and over again would use up a lot of resources, so a silent, no-GUI option would be the best from my very little understanding - if it's even possible.
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Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 1:25 PM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Silently print (no GUI) in Windows
At the risk of asking a dumb question, why wouldn't a print server meet
your use case if the print jobs come from elsewhere?
On Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM, Kozlowski,Brendon <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> I'm curious to know if anyone has discovered ways of silently printing
> documents from such Windows applications as:
> - Acrobat Reader (current version)
> - Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio, etc...)
> - Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
> I unfortunately haven't had much luck finding any resources on this.
> I'd like to be able to receive documents in a queue like fashion to a
> single PC and simply print them off as they arrive. However, automating the
> loading/exiting of the full-blown application each time, and on-demand,
> seems a little too cumbersome and unnecessary.
> I have not yet decided on whether I'd be scripting it (PHP, AutoIT, batch
> files, VBS, Powershell, etc...) or learning and then writing a .NET
> application. If .NET solutions use the COM object, the scripting becomes a
> potential candidate. Unfortunately I need to know how, or even if, it's
> even possible to do first.
> Thank you for any and all feedback or assistance.
> Brendon Kozlowski
> Web Administrator
> Saratoga Springs Public Library
> 49 Henry Street
> Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866
>  584-7860 x217
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