[SOLVED] how can i view a PDF Attachment directly from the Grid?

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[SOLVED] how can i view a PDF Attachment directly from the Grid?

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If I have a simple table that stores a PDF in the database, and I'm showing those lines on a grid...
normally you drill down to the Form, then click the attachment Widget and the attachment is shown in a popup.

I'd like to popup a window directly from the grid (to save a step) - lets say from a row operation button (or I could get fancy and trap a click on a grid column)

If it was an image, and it was in the filesystem, I could popup a window with an html cell using <img> and show the image like that.

How can I show the PDF directly from the grid?
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Without having to bring up a form and clicking in the widget:
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Re: how can i view a PDF Attachment directly from the Grid?

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AwareApp.viewDocument might do what you are looking for.

To test it out, you could use an operation button that executes JavaScript with some hardcoded values.

AwareApp.viewDocument (BOName, BOID, BOAttributeStoringPDF)
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Re: how can i view a PDF Attachment directly from the Grid?

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johntalbott wrote: Mon Nov 22, 2021 7:03 pm To test it out, you could use an operation button that executes JavaScript with some hardcoded values.
Yes, this works quite nicely:
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But I need to dynamically get the ID in there. Tried several things.
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Re: how can i view a PDF Attachment directly from the Grid?

Post by johntalbott »

This should do the trick.

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const id = parser.m_highlightedRow.refValue.split(":")[1];

AwareApp.viewDocument ("ReqLines", id, "ReqAttachment");
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Re: how can i view a PDF Attachment directly from the Grid?

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yep, thx!
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Re: how can i view a PDF Attachment directly from the Grid?

Post by karelh »

Hey Jaymer,

We simply have a process that runs the following command.
DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT BO.DocAttr

If its a PDF it will open in the browser.
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Re: how can i view a PDF Attachment directly from the Grid?

Post by Jaymer »

Thx K
Yes, thats more what I was originally thinking. I rarely (if ever) use DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT. Early on, I was thinking I'd make a report with the Document inside it, then DISPLAY DOCUMENT. Less than ideal. So I asked here thinking I was missing something obvious - which I was.

I tried it, but I like it my original way... for these reasons:
1) Even on my machine, it downloaded the file, requiring a click to open it. Would hate to hassle with a group of users and make them install the viewer plugin (or whatever settings allow it to auto display)
2) Opened in new tab - vs. Popup. I actually like the popup in this case to briefly view the PDF.

My Code (with help from John):

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var theID = parser.m_highlightedRow.refValue.split(":")[1];
AwareApp.viewDocument ('ReqLines', theID , 'ReqAttachment')
--> JaymerTip Display PDF directly from Grid
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