Friday, August 29, 2008

Uninterrupted PDF Printing

Adobe Reader is not a friendly program for command line printing. It opens a window and doesn't always shut down gracefully.

There are a couple of candidates for less obtrusive PDF printing:

  • PDF Multi Print for silent printing of PDF files (no pop-up or dialog boxes). Graphical Interface, Hot Folder Mode (watched folders) and Command Line supported. Batch Print hundreds of even thousands of PDF files without interruption.

    Setting up Hot Folder Mode.

    Acrobotics download page

    Either Adobe Reader 4.x - 8.x or the full version of Adobe Acrobat 4.x - 8.x is required.

    Price $95 per seat - discounts available for bulk.

  • Adobe Acrobat 9.0 ActiveX appears to allow programatic silent printing

    See the Acrobat.AcroAVDocClass.PrintPagesSilent method

Thursday, August 28, 2008

FreeMind - free mind mapping software

Organise your ideas graphically -

Pretty easy to use - Export to PDF was the most useful to me.

An interesting browser based (Java Applet) read-only example here.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Multi-Language application contains translations of UI prompts in the BullZip PDF Printer. It might be a useful basis when developing a client side applications.

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FREE PDF Printer

The BullZip PDF Printer works as a Microsoft Windows printer and allows you to write PDF documents from virtually any Microsoft Windows application.

This program is FREEWARE with limitations, which means that it is FREE for personal and commercial use up to 10 users. It does not contain any advertising or popups. For commercial applications with more that 10 users there is a commercial version of the product available at


It uses GNU Ghostscript (as opposed to the original [not commercially free] Ghostscript used in PDFCreator).

There is a (multi-lingual) setup program that allows the user to set defaults.

Default setups appear to be available via COM based API.

All fonts appear to be embedded as subsets.

See for more complete documentation.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Unit tests for client side JavaScript

There is an increased use Ajax/JavaScript in client applications. There are a number of Open Source products to assist developers manage change by developing unit tests.

HTML Cleanup

TidyUI is a very handy program to remove the class=”MSONormal” etc tags from a word document saved as HTML.

This makes it very usable if you want to have the convenience of writing something in MS Word (lookup, spell check etc) but you want the HTML in a static WWW page.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008


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