Using Print2Flash OLE Automation API
To make use of Print2Flash OLE Automation API you need to consult your
programming language or tool documentation to learn how to create and access OLE
Automation objects from it. After you learn how to create OLE Automation objects
in your language or tool, you can start using Print2Flash OLE Automation API. Basically this involves importing of Print2Flash OLE Automation API type
library (TLB) file (p2fserver.tlb) or Interface Definition Language (IDL) file
(p2fserver.idl). These files are located in Print2Flash SDK directory.
One of the problems using Print2Flash OLE Automation API from web page
server scripts may be the fact that such scripts usually run under very
restricted user account which may prevent the printing applications from proper
working and sending document output to Print2Flash printer. In such a case it
may be necessary to make Print2Flash server work under another user or
administrator account with proper rights. This may be achieved with
Setting up Automation Object User Account.
Below is the instruction on how to use Print2Flash Automation API from
VBScript but this discussion and involved API usage technique pertains to other
languages as well. The Print2Flash Automation API Reference contains
comprehensive documentation for all languages and API usage samples for
Using Print2Flash Automation API from VBScript
Using Print2Flash Automation API from VBScript is, perhaps, the easiest and
fastest way to start using this API as it does not involve using type libraries. VBScript can be used in Windows Script Host
environment to run script directly from Windows Shell, from web pages or from
ASP scripts. Below we'll consider creating scripts for Windows Script Host as
the simplest way to explore Print2Flash Automation API.
First, you need to create a Print2Flash Server object in this way:
Then you may convert a single document to Flash using a simple call such as
To test this functionality, create a file named testp2fapi.vbs, put those two
lines there (changing the path to the document to a real document path), save
the file and launch it by double clicking it in Widows Explorer. The script
should convert the specified file and save it to the same folder where original
file resides under the name of the original document but with .swf appended to
it. For example, for the document name above, we'll get a file named
C:\Docs\MyDoc.txt.swf as output.
Similarly, you may write additional code using
Print2Flash Automation API
Reference documentation and samples from there and test it by saving the code as
.vbs files and launching the script.