Imports several types of documents, by converting them to XPS
first using the Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW). An attempt is
made to silently print the document to a temporary XPS file. An
application which will print the document is launched. This
application is intercepted and, assuming that only the default
Print dialogs are used, the XPS print output is silently captured.
This output is then imported into PDF just like any other XPS
You can refer to Application for a list of
supported applications. This property also determines which
application will be used to print the document to XPS.
By default the shell default program will be used. To set the
shell default program for a file, in Windows Explorer, right-click
on the file, select "Open With" and then "Choose Default Program".
When the shell default program is used, there must be a "Print"
option when right-clicking on the document in Windows Explorer. If
this is not the case, ImportAny will fail except for the following
applications: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS InfoPath and MS
If you prefer not to rely on the shell default program, set
Application to any of
the applications defined in ImportAnyApplicationType. These
applications are officially supported by ImportAny. You may try
your luck with other applications, but in this case you must
associate your application via the shell default program.
The Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) must also be available.
This is the default on Windows Vista. For Windows XP, you can
download MXDW at this address: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd183313(VS.85).aspx.
When ImportAny fails, the associated application will likely
hang, normally waiting for a "Print" dialog of some sort to be
closed, but this dialog is hidden by ImportAny so you will not see
it. If this is the case, ImportAny will wait for the specified
timeout before killing the associated application and reporting an
error. The default timeout is 15.5 seconds. You can reduce or
increase this value depending on your requirements, by using the
overload that accepts a timeout as a parameter.
When using ImportAny from either a Windows Service or an
IIS process, it is recommended that you wrap ABCpdf into a COM+
application. Refer to the PdfEnterpriseServices example in order to
You may debug ImportAny problems using the PrintHookShow and
PrintHookLog registry keys. For further details see the Registry Keys section