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I have a task whereby I must export a windows form in VS 2019 (C++) to a pdf but I am unsure on how to go about doing this. What is the best library to use and the specific code needed?

Thanks
Daelin Parmanand

What I have tried:

I've tried using libharu but I did not have any success
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Updated 15-Jun-21 17:36pm
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Gerry Schmitz 15-Jun-21 18:53pm
   
It's usually a 2 step process: (1.) Capture window / screen to image (2.) Save / print image to pdf. If you search for those, you'll have better luck.
Member 15248812 15-Jun-21 19:24pm
   
Thank you, will have a look at that

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Taken that you use C++/CLI with .NET, one quite simple way would be to print the form to a PDF file.

1. Windows 10 has PDF printer driver installed by default but if you're missing it, then have a look at How to Add or Reinstall the Microsoft PDF Printer - Microsoft Community[^]

2. Capture and print the form, have a look at How to: Print a Windows Form - Windows Forms .NET Framework | Microsoft Docs[^]

If the PDF printer is not the default printer, remember to set it as default or change the printer in your code, see PrintDocument.PrinterSettings Property (System.Drawing.Printing) | Microsoft Docs[^]
   
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Member 15248812 16-Jun-21 3:35am
   
Much appreciated, thank you.
Member 15248812 16-Jun-21 4:00am
   
One more question, would the code in 2 be in a separate file or will that also go into the form.h file?
Wendelius 16-Jun-21 10:50am
   
I guess that depends on how you want to organize your code. There's no single 'correct' place for the code.
Member 15248812 16-Jun-21 18:34pm
   
I've pasted the CaptureScreen code below into an event handler for a button in my code. I've tried to convert it to c++, however I get an error for Size s (VS says that it expects ; after Size) and for Graphics->FromImage(memoryImage), Graphics is underlined and VS says that type name is not allowed. Any idea how I can fix this?

Graphics^ myGraphics = this->CreateGraphics();
Size s = this->Size;
memoryImage = gcnew Bitmap(s.Width, s.Height, myGraphics);
Graphics memoryGraphics = Graphics->FromImage(memoryImage);
memoryGraphics.CopyFromScreen(this->Location.X, this->Location.Y, 0, 0, s);
Wendelius 16-Jun-21 22:31pm
   
Since this is a bit different issue than the original question, I believe it's best if you post a whole new question with the relevant code parts and explanation.

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