DominoPDF can be installed on a Domino server but still called from a Notes client.
A sample database which can be downloaded demonstrates this process. Provided below is how it works in detail.
- DominoPDF software installed on the Domino server
- The Domino HTTP task running on the Domino server
- The aforementioned sample database installed on the Domino server in the \Data directory.
- Sign the agents in the sample database with a Notes ID authorised to execute agents etc.
- Open the sample database located on the server from a Notes client (not a browser)
- You will be presented with a view containing "Contact" documents. Open any document and click the "Convert PDF" action located on the action bar.
- For the sake of the demonstration you will be prompted for the HTTP domain that is valid on your server.
It defaults to http://127.0.0.1/ but you should change this as appropriate for your Domino HTTP server. For example; http://www.dominopdf.com/ ensuring the trailing backslash is included.
- An agent will run which executes another agent server side to convert the document to a PDF.
- Once the PDF is created it is attached to a document which is presented to the Notes client. The document has "launch first attachment" enabled so the attached PDF is automatically opened and presented.
How it works
- The "Convert PDF" action button on the Contact document runs 3 agents;
The 1st agent "RunOnServer1" simply tries to determine the HTTP domain automatically. In production you probably won't need this step as you'll know your domain.
The 2nd agent "RunOnServer2" prompts the user to confirm or update the HTTP domain. In production you probably won't need this step as you'll know your domain.
The 3rd agent "PDFRunOnServer" creates a NotesAgent variable in order to run a 4th agent named "DominoPDFAgent";
Set agent = db.GetAgent("DominoPDFAgent")
The 3rd agent then creates a "dummy" document ready to hold the newly created PDF file. The Form used by the document is named "PDFView".
Set oDoc = New NotesDocument(db)
oDoc.Form = "PDFView"
Call oDoc.Save(True, False)
The NoteID of the document is stored so that it can be passed to the 4th agent which will run "server-side".
paramid = oDoc.Noteid
The 4th agent is then run from the 3rd agent in order to generate the PDF.
If agent.RunOnServer(paramid) = 0 Then
Once the server-side agent has finished execution is returned and we display the document we created (hopefully with the PDF attached) to the user.
Set oDoc = Nothing
Set oDoc = db.GetDocumentById(paramid)
Dim ws As New NotesUIWorkspace
If Not oDoc Is Nothing Then
Call ws.EditDocument(False, oDoc, False, "")
As mentioned above the Form named "PDFView" automatically launched the first attachment. If you don't wish this to happen simply edit the form properties before running the action.
The server-side agent named "DominoPDFAgent" runs as a normal agent and contains the interface to DominoPDF. It simply buils a URL for the Notes document, passes it to DominoPDF for conversion to PDF and then attaches the PDF to the document which is returned to the user.
v = Evaluate(|@Unique|, oDoc)
sFile = s + "\" + v(0) + ".pdf"
sURL = sHost & sDBPath & |/Contacts/| & oDoc.UniversalID & |?OpenDocument|
Call DoPDF(sURL, sFile, "LeftMargin=20;RightMargin=20;TopMargin=20;BottomMargin=20")
Set PDFDoc = oDB.GetDocumentById(NoteId)
If Not PDFDoc Is Nothing Then
'Attach PDF to document...
Set rtItem = New NotesRichTextItem(PDFDoc, "Body")
Call rtItem.embedObject(EMBED_ATTACHMENT,"", sFile)
Call PDFDoc.Save(True, False)
As you can see the power of Domino and LotusScript together with DominoPDF provides a flexible means of server AND client side PDF creation.