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Print MRP to PDF

  • 1.  Print MRP to PDF

    Posted Mar 15, 2019 10:19 AM
    We are running GP 2015 and we have MRP running early in the morning and it is completed by the time the office staff arrives. For readability, we print the MRP to a PDF report for viewing and archiving. Several users open MRP, and print to the Adobe PDF Printer, which then converts the report to PDF and saves it on a network share. These reports are anywhere from 50 pages to 150 pages. One specific user has a really hard time with this. The Adobe PDF printer can take upto an hour to convert the 50 page report into a PDF and save it. We have tried tons of different things.
    My question: Is there a built in tool to save the report as a PDF so that we can skip the Adobe PDF printer step?

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    Tyler Miller
    Rise Baking Company
    Minneapolis MN
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  • 2.  RE: Print MRP to PDF

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted Mar 18, 2019 06:16 PM
    Hi @Tyler Miller,
    I don't think that GP has such reports meant to be sent to PDF natively, not like some sales reports that can be using Word Templates.. Though technically you can convert any embedded GP report as Word Template.
    Printing direct to PDF out of GP has always only be supported if you had Acrobat Writer installed on the same computer where the GP client is installed, and then it would 'unlock' the save-as-PDF option in the print dialog box.
    Any other PDF generator would not be recognized as anything else than a regular printer queue.
    I'm only aware of 3-rd party ISV products that would allow direct save in PDF format of reports..
    Have you tried to setup for this particular GP user another PDF generator like CutePDF or ​PDFCreator ? those are freeware that would simply create another printer queue on the PC. Often time this is more efficient than using Acrobat writer, which is a heavy application.
    PDFCreator does have also a paid version that allows to edit the files and make changes or sign them digitally.

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    Beat Bucher
    Business Analyst, Dynamics GP SME
    Montreal QC/Canada
    @GP_Beat http://www.gp-geek.com
    Montreal QC GPUG Chapter Leader
    MBS MVP (2015-2018)
    All-Star 2013
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  • 3.  RE: Print MRP to PDF

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Mar 19, 2019 08:00 AM
    Tyler,

    I understand that you want to print to pdf but don't really understand why.  I'm assuming the report in question is the MRP Exceptions report.  For our customers we simply create a Smartlist and Excel Refreshable report because nobody wants to muddle through a pdf/paper report they all want to sort, select, pivot the data to the key elements that they need to focus on.  Is Smartlist or an Excel Refreshable not an option or are you already using those and still need that pdf for some validation/backup purpose?

    The Exception table is essentially a single table depending on what exactly you want to include additionally, in my opinion much more efficient using Smartlist and/or Excel refreshable if you can get away from the pdf need/requirement and haven't already done so.

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    Wally Dodds
    Dorado Solutions
    West Chester PA
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  • 4.  RE: Print MRP to PDF

    Posted Mar 20, 2019 12:46 PM
    Thank you for the advice. The CutePDF printer option seems to be working much better than the Adobe Printer option.

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    Tyler Miller
    Sr. IT Manager
    Rise Baking Company
    Minneapolis MN
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