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AIR & Printing is a talk made during SOTR 2010 in London. …

AIR & Printing is a talk made during SOTR 2010 in London.
During this event I talked on how to work offline with AIR to create PDF in runtime directly with Actionscript 3 without using any other technology

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  • 1. AIR & Printing AIR 2, AlivePDF and PurePDF: everything you need in your RIA or desktop apps
  • 2. Luca Mezzalira ACE and ACI on Flash, Flex with AIR and Flash Lite Mart3 owner and Flash Platform Developer Adobe Italy Consultant Teacher, Writer, Adobe supporter!
  • 3. Luca Mezzalira ACE and ACI on Flash, Flex with AIR and Flash Lite Mart3 owner and Flash Platform Developer Adobe Italy Consultant Teacher, Writer, Adobe supporter! Oh, yes! I forget! I’m Chewbacca also!
  • 4. Save time when someone ask me to print a report in my RIA or Desktop App
  • 5. Agenda . Printing with Flash and Flex . AIR 2 new features . AIR 2 and PrintJob . AlivePDF . PurePDF . Questions & Answear
  • 6. When do you use PRINTING API? . to print a report . to print a form (invoice, receipt, ...) . to print an artwork . to prepare a PDF for typography (REMEMBER that WE HAVE TLF)
  • 7. Printing in Flash . PrintJob class . OS Dialog box to interact with printer . problem to create complex documents . problem to manage more than 1 page . problem to print big images . not easy to work with dynamic data
  • 8. Printing with Flex . FlexPrintJob to print Flex objects . PrintAdvancedDataGrid . PrintDataGrid . PrintOLAPDataGrid
  • 9. FlexPrintJob var printJob:FlexPrintJob = new FlexPrintJob(); printJob.start(); printJob.addObject(myObject, FlexPrintJobScaleType.MATCH_WIDTH); printJob.send(); When you call start() method Flash Player or AIR: 1. give a feedback from user’s choice (true/false) 2. retrieve page dimension from Printer Each object added with addObject method will be print in a different page
  • 10. PrintDataGrid //thePrintView is a custom component with PrintDataGrid component printJob.addObject(thePrintView); while (thePrintView.myDataGrid.validNextPage) { thePrintView.myDataGrid.nextPage(); printJob.addObject(thePrintView); } With PrintDataGrid component you can manage rows to print in many pages
  • 11. this is the past... ...now the PRESENT
  • 12. AIR 2 new features Multitouch API ( do you know Steve!? ) Microphone data access Open documents with user’s default application UDP Socket Socket Server (this feature ROCKS!) Screen reader support File promises Mass storage device detection Printing API ( :D ) ... and so on ...
  • 13. AIR Printing API . pixelsPerInch -> resolution to use for Bitmap . printer -> set Printer . printers -> Vector.<String> with all printers installed . copies -> number of copies to print . selectePaperSize() -> choose your page size . start2() -> start a print with new API . terminate() -> reset PrintJob object if you need it
  • 14. AIR Printing API PrintMethod: . AUTO -> Automatic selection of best method of printing . VECTOR -> ehm... maybe print with Vector method? . BITMAP -> mumble, mumble... DOH! PrintIUIOptions -> need to manage Print Dialog Box Everything you need it’s Language Reference!!!
  • 15. AlivePDF AS3 PDF library AlivePDF works with: Images, EPS files, you can use online Vectors, Embedded and offline Fonts... you don’t need You can add in your any serverside PDF: links, script transitions, PDF settings, ... THANK YOU MATE!
  • 16. AlivePDF Steps to work with AlivePDF API: 1. create a PDF object 2. addPage() 3. add content (images, text, eps...) 3a. (Optional) setting your PDF... 4. save it with FileReference or FileStream
  • 17. AlivePDF - case history My client ask me to create a comic creator that runs on Mac and PC without installation What do I need ??? Flash + Zinc + AlivePDF
  • 18. PurePDF It’s a very powerful PDF library made by Sephiroth http://www.sephiroth.it/weblog/archives/2010/02/ purepdf_a_complete_actionscript_pdf_l.php PurePDF has tons of cool features: . barcode generator . multi column . embedded movies . metadata, page headers, page footers . vertical text . javascript ... and so on
  • 19. PurePDF This library is targeted for Flash Player 10 For any help, doubt or more use PurePDF list: http://code.google.com/p/purepdf/issues/list Sepy and his team is working on this open-source as3 libs so in the next future will see new amazing functionalities!!!
  • 20. Resources ALIVEpdf http://code.google.com/p/alivepdf/ PUREpdf http://code.google.com/p/purepdf/ FlexReport http://flexreport.riaforge.org/
  • 21. Finally...
  • 22. my “thoughts” about Flash Platform attack:
  • 23. my “thoughts” about Flash Platform attack: HTML 5, Apple and so on!
  • 24. my “thoughts” about Flash Platform attack: HTML 5, Apple and so on! NO OOP, Design Patterns, workflow, TLF, real multiple screen deployment...
  • 25. to lose your time with this cool shit! blog:lucamezzalira.com email:luca@mart3.org twitter:lucamezzalira site:www.mart3.org