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These samples illustrate using this service to provide "printing" from any browser and showcase how javascript written against ScriptX.Add-on for Internet Explorer can work unchanged with ScriptX.Services.

Installation and basic use

Introduction to using ScriptX.Services

How to use ScriptX.Services on a web page in a new project/service

Shows the recommended javasacript libraries required and their use when starting a new project that will only use ScriptX.Print in the cloud or on-premise.

How to use.ScriptX Services on a web page and maintain compatibility with previous code

Shows the javasacript libraries required and their use when when you need to maintain compatibility with current code and the ScriptX add-on.

Display version information on the client script libraries

This is a useful page to show the version of the each of the main client side components of ScriptX.Services that are in use on your device.

Basic use

Print and preview

Illustrates the fundamentals of starting a print preview or print from javascript. (Please note that Print Preview is not implemented yet).

The basic print features

Illustrates the use of many of the basic features of ScriptX.

A stage by stage walkthrough

A walk through developing a single source that supports both ScriptX.Add-on and ScriptX.Services. The code used in the sample can be used in your own projects. This sample set is a reference for when things go wrong.

These samples can be viewed in IE 11 - in which case the Add-on will be used. Or any evergreen browser, in which case ScriptX.Services will be used.

Note that if even if you have chosen to use ScriptX.Services with Internet Explorer 11 in settings, Internet Explorer will only use ScriptX.Addon in this samples set.

Add-only

A simple 'classic' sample using ScriptX.Add-on to print the page or print a PDF document.

Emulation libraries

The ScriptX.Add-on emulation for ScriptX.Services libraries are added. The sample still functions in IE 11 and still fails in evergreeen browsers but nothing has been broken!.

ScriptX.Services license

The license is added and everything comes to life in all supported browsers.

Advanced

Advanced print features

The use of Advanced features of ScriptX.Add-on require an Advanced Printing client side license. All advanced features are included in all licenses for ScriptX.Services.

Introduction and overview of advanced features for printing HTML

Provides a summary of the advanced features of ScriptX and shows the use of many advanced features.

Controlling margins, printing and previewing frames

In an international environment there may be a mixture of margin measurement units - this sample sets margins in the opposite units to your default illustrating that with ScriptX you gain control of the units for specifying measurements. This sample also illustrates the scaled to fit preview and printing of a frame.

Controlling printers and print queues

Illustrates the use of the printerControl, Jobs and Job objects.

Providing UX/UI

A simple print user interface

It can be useful to provide the user with a targetted user interface rather than rely on all attributes being set in script. This sample illustrates listing the available printers and allowing the user to select the printer to use.

A complete print user interface

It can be useful to provide the user with a targetted user interface rather than rely on all attributes being set in script. This sample implements the Page setup and Print settings dialogs in a single HTML dialog.

Using the WaitForSpoolingComplete function

This sample discusses the use of the WaitForSpoolingComplete() function emulation with ScriptX.Services in a variety of scenarios.

Print "remote" documents

Very often ScriptX is used to print the content of the document as it is displayed on the screen but there can also be a need to print a document downloaded from a server. The document might be static or generated in response to the request for the document.

The PrintHTML() method downloads and prints remote documents in the background.

Queuing many files and monitoring progress

PrintHTML() is a fire and forget method and if anything goes wrong no one will know other than nothing has appeared at the printer. The PrintHTMLEx() method provides for monitoring the progress of the job and notification of errors.

Print a single file and consequences for server session state

Printing a remote document occurs in the background. For ScriptX.Addon this can be in the same process as Internet Explorer or can be an external process. This sample shows the difference. For ScriptX.Services, all printing occurs in a separate process.

Impact of document standards

Printing a remote document occurs by downloading the document, loading to the print engine and then printing it. ScriptX 8 / ScriptX.Services adds support for documents using modern standards but this can have a negative impact on documents relyiong on older behaviour. This sample shows how to resolve these issues if they occur.

Working with client generated html

Very often ScriptX is used to print the content of the document as it is displayed on the screen but there can also be a need to print literal html content that is dynamicaly constructed by javascript code or extracts from the page content.

By using the html:// pseudo protocol, the PrintHTMLEx() method can print snippets of HTML.

These samples also illustrate mixing ScriptX.Add-on and ScriptX Services on the same page. So, the choice of technology will solely be based upon the browser you are using and if ScriptX.Add-on is available. The F12 tools can be used to examine the impact of document modes when using Internet Explorer.

Introduction

An introduction to printing literal html with ScriptX.

Modern content

This sample illustrates the behaviour of ScriptX v8 which fixes a bug that 'modern' html (e.g. rotated elements, modern box rules) could not be printed. Unfortunately the fix can introduce problems with old content. ScriptX 8 attempts to make compatible decisions but if it gets it wronng this shows how to enforce the correct processing for correct output.

Enhanced page layout

Enhanced page layout is the ability to use page headers and footers that use full html markup instead of simply text in a single font and to define the pages to print as more than a single range.

This capability is useful to provide a 'master' page style of working with logos etc. specified in script and the printed document content coming from the current page.

An Enhanced Formatting license is required in addition to a license for Advanced Printing.

HTML headers and footers introduction

A simple example showing the basics of using html markup in headers and footers.

Headers and footers with images and multi-line HTML

There are no limits beyond what HTML can do.

Page ranges

This sample shows the use of enhanced page range specification; the ability to print arbitrary ranges of pages (rather than a single range) and print only odd, only even or both odd and even numbered pages.

Techie *Everything*

An all-in-one sample by which you can explore the effect on output of each of the enhanced formatting options along with all the other options such as margins, the printer to use, orientation etc. This is the ultimate sample!

Printing PDF documents

ScriptX Enhanced PDF Printing provides for printing Adobe Acrobat (PDF) documents with control of the printer, paper etc to be used. Prompted or promptless printing is provided.

An Enhanced PDF Printing license is required in addition to a license for Advanced Printing.

Printing a single file

To synchronously print a single PDF file, use the PrintPDF() API. The url of the PDF document to be printed is specified, the printer to use etc can be chosen by the user by utilising prompted printing.

Printing one or more files in the background

Asynchronous printing of one or more files to the current printer is available with the BatchPrintPDF API. With batch printing, files are downloaded and printed in the background, allowing users to continue with other tasks on the displayed page.

Printing one or more files with more feature control

If scripted control of the printer to use and other features is required when printing one or more documents, then features required are set and the BatchPrintPDF() API used.

Printing one or more files with feature control and progress callbacks

If scripted control of the printer to use and other features is required when printing one or more documents along with progress information then the BatchPrintPDFEx() API used.

Raw/Direct (labels) printing

Raw or "direct" printing is used to send streams of bytes to the printer without any interpretation. Print commannds and language sequences such as ZPL can be sent to appropriate printers for printing labels etc.

A ZPL compatible printer is required for these samples.

They also require that you are using either ScriptX.Addon or ScriptX.Services for Windows PC or ScriptX.Services for On Premise devices configured to use a suitable printer.

A Direct (RAW) Printing license is required in addition to a license for Advanced Printing.

Printing a simple label with ZPL

For introduction this sample prints a simple label defined by a string of ZPL commands.

Interactive playground

This sample allow you to enter the ZPL/EPL commands to send to your printer

Printing the content from a document/url

Appropriate content may be downloaded from a server and sent to the printer. For example, a work-flow process may have generated the files to print or an API end point may return text. This example demonstrates using file containinng ZPL command sequences.

Working with and printing SVG

Scaling SVG

Uses simple SVG elements to illustrate support for SVG. An issue with SVG is that it can require scale factors outside the default range. ScriptX has solutions for this.

Scaling Framed SVG

As above but the sample content is shown in a frame.

Business charts with no ScriptX

Illustrates the standard behaviour of your device and browser with some SVG charts without ScriptX.

Business charts with ScriptX

Illustrates the control of printing SVG charts with ScriptX.