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Using Print to File to get a GIF Image?

Tim Skelton
Occasional Visitor

Using Print to File to get a GIF Image?

I need to get a GIF image representation of a document and need to do this in an automated fashion using Visual Basic in batch. I was wondering whether any of the HP printer/plotter drivers could accomplish this via the "print to file" method such that the resultant file was a GIF. Anyone know if this is possible or have an alternative method of achieving this?
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Hal Rottenberg
Frequent Advisor

Re: Using Print to File to get a GIF Image?

When you print to file, you will not get a gif image. You will get a file in "printer language". You could perhaps print to file, using a postscript printer driver, then programmatically convert that postscript file to a raster format such as GIF or PNG. I'm not a programmer so I can't give you any specifics, but I know enough about the subject to say that I'm sure there are libraries you can download/buy to do some of these things in your program. Another thing to try is to ask your question in a Visual Basic forum instead of a Windows forum.

Regards,

Hal Rottenberg
If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving isn't for you.
Tim Malnati
Honored Contributor

Re: Using Print to File to get a GIF Image?

I'm not sure you really want to go to .gif where you are potentially looking at some enormous files. My thought is that Adobe ( http://www.adobe.com ) may have a solution more in line with what you are attempting to accomplish. The .pdf format seems to be a better candidate but your post does not give us any details regarding what you plan to do with the images down the road.