in reply to Printing from Perl in Windows

KISS I reckon. If Word can do it then why not save yourself the pain and just script it....

use Win32::OLE; # start Word program die if unable to $word = Win32::OLE->new('Word.Application', sub { $_[0]->Quit; } ) or die 'Cannot start Word'; # let's watch $word->{'Visible'} = 1; # Create new document my $d = $word->Documents->Add; # define selection my $s = $word->Selection; my @lines = ( "This is test line 1", "This is test line 2", "This is test line 3", ); # $c is the color # $start is the start of Range # $end is the end of Range # $r is the Range object my ($c, $start, $end, $r) = (2, 0, 0, ); for my $line (@lines) { $end += length($line) + 1; $s->TypeText($line); # define the Range $r = $d->Range($start, $end); # Set font properties $r->Font->{Size} = 18; $r->Font->{ColorIndex} = $c++; $r->Font->{Name} = 'Courier New'; $s->TypeText("\n"); $start = $end; } # TIMTOWTDI but this will overwrite the above #my $r = $doc->{Content}; #$r->{Text} = 'Hello World!'; #$r->InsertParagraphAfter(); #$r->InsertParagraphAfter(); #$r->InsertAfter('Bye!'); # here is how to print a document $word->ActiveDocument->PrintOut({ Background => 0, Append => 0, Range => wdPrintAllDocument, Item => wdPrintDocumentContent, Copies => 1, PageType => wdPrintAllPages, }); # save the file without a prompt $word->WordBasic->FileSaveAs("c:\\test.doc"); # have a quick look at the objects and properties # don't try to Dumper the whole thing unless you have time and memory+ ++ print "Range: $_ => $r->{$_}\n" for sort keys %$r; print "Doc: $_ => $d->{$_}\n" for sort keys %$d; # house keeping, clean up our instances $d->Close(); $word->Quit(); undef $word;




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Re: Re:(Win32::OLE) Printing from Perl in Windows
by John M. Dlugosz (Monsignor) on Feb 17, 2003 at 06:41 UTC
    Very nice—that's most of what I need in your sample.

    I did some Word scripting before, for my C++ Color Pretty Printer. But it has a problem: if I insert too much, it gets in a bad mood. I don't remember the details, but it basically doesn't work any more. The work-around is to Save every few lines of inserting, which doesn't do wonders for its already slow speed.

    It's probably the simplest thing for a directory-listing label, though. I think I'll start with your code.

    Though the Excel idea is also pretty nice, since the data is tabular.


      Just a (possibly irrelvant) thought: Please don't make WinWord/Office a requirement if you're going to distribute this script.


Re: Re:(Win32::OLE) Printing from Perl in Windows
by grantm (Parson) on Feb 17, 2003 at 17:55 UTC

    Perhaps an even simpler approach would be to output HTML/CSS to a file and then automate IE to open and print the file. Word could be used with HTML too, but the results should be more accurate using IE.