Monday, June 24, 2013

Using the Adobe Pdf Reader control in WPF

Important: This will not work if your application targets 64 bit. It will only work as a 32bit app as the AcroPdf.dll is a 32 bit dll.

1. Create a WPF Control Library

2. Add a Windows Forms user control

3. Open the user-control form.

4. In the toolbox, right click and choose “Choose Items…”

5. On the “COM Components” tab, select “Adobe PDF Reader”

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6. Drag the “Adobe PDF Reader” from the toolbox on the user-control.
Name the control that was added on to the form as "axAcroPdf”

7. Make sure the Anchors are set to “Top, Left” and that Dock is set to “Fill”
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8. Add the following code to the code behind:

		private AxAcroPDFLib.AxAcroPDF AdobeAcrobatPDfControl
		{
			get
			{
				return this.axAcroPDF;
			}
		}
 
		public void LoadFile(string pdfFilePath)
		{
			AdobeAcrobatPDfControl.LoadFile(pdfFilePath);
		}

8. Create a WPF UserControl. Name it WpfAcrobatCtrl.

9. Drag a WindowsFormsHost WPF control onto the design surface.

10. Set the following properties on the WindowsFormsHost control:
Width and Height to Auto
HorizontalAlignment and VerticalAlignment to Stretch
Name: wpfWindowsFormsHostCtrl.

11. Add the following code to the code behind of the WPF control:

public static readonly DependencyProperty FilePathProperty
			= DependencyProperty.Register("FilePath", typeof(string), typeof(WpfAcrobatCtrl), (PropertyMetadata)new FrameworkPropertyMetadata((object)null, new PropertyChangedCallback(WpfAcrobatCtrl.FilePathChanged)));
 
 
		private string _filePath = string.Empty;
		private CustomAcrobatCtrl _customAcrobatCtrl;
	
		
		private static void FilePathChanged(DependencyObject d, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e)
		{
			((WpfAcrobatCtrl)d).FilePathChanged((string)e.OldValue, (string)e.NewValue);
			CommandManager.InvalidateRequerySuggested();
		}
 
		public WpfAcrobatCtrl()
		{
			InitializeComponent();
			_customAcrobatCtrl = new CustomAcrobatCtrl();
			wpfWindowsFormsHostCtrl.Child = _customAcrobatCtrl;
 
		}
 
		public string FilePath
		{
			get
			{
				return _filePath;
			}
			set
			{
				this.SetValue(FilePathProperty, value);
			}
		}
 
 
		private void FilePathChanged(string oldFilePath, string newFilePath)
		{
			_filePath = newFilePath;
			_customAcrobatCtrl.LoadFile(_filePath);
		}

12. Create a new WPF Window.

13. Drag and drop the WpfAcrobatCtrl onto the design surface.

14. Set the file-path in XAML or code-behind.

Eg: wpfAcrobatCtrl.FilePath = "C:\\test.pdf";

or in XAML: <WpfAcrobat:WpfAcrobatCtrl x:Name="wpfAcrobatCtrl" Margin="0" FilePath="C:\\test.pdf"/>

That’s all!

Note: The above code adds a little extra stuff for the dependency property “FilePath”. This allows for setting the file path via XAML (which was important for me as I needed to be able bind to the property).

Note 2: If you try and use the AcroPdf.dll in a 64 bit app, you will get the following error: {"Class not registered (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80040154 (REGDB_E_CLASSNOTREG))"}

4 comments:

David Aguilar said...

I tried use this control but not compile

Whats CustomAcrobatCtrl ?

private CustomAcrobatCtrl _customAcrobatCtrl;

wikipad said...

yes what is CustomAcrobatCtrl ?

Raj Rao said...

"CustomAcrobatCtrl" is the name of the custom control that you would have created in step (2): Add a Windows Forms user control

port84 said...

How do you from stream?

InitializeComponent();
var assembly = Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly();
var resourceName = fileName;

using (Stream stream = assembly.GetManifestResourceStream(resourceName))
using (StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(stream))
{
string result = reader.ReadToEnd();


this.axAcroPDF1.LoadFile(resourceName);

}