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BenDonahue
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How do I create a PDF on OneDrive of a Screen in Power Apps?

The Goal

Create a PDF file in a folder on OneDrive.

 

The Attempts

The punch line here is that no data is being recorded in Power Automate.

 

I have

 - enabled "PDF function" in "Upcoming features", "Experimental" 

 - Created a Flow (if this can be done wholly in Power Fx, that is great, too)

    * The precise Flow seems unimportant right now, as I can't seem to pass any information to Flow

 - Added this code to my Power App, Canvas App

 

SavePDFToOneDrive.Run({PDFContent:PDF('Quick Look')})

 

From my Flow, in the Power Apps (v2) trigger, I don't get any data (Content-Length: "0",):

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The Result

No data is received in the Power Automate Flow

 

The Ask

How can I get a PDF of a screen in Power Apps saved to OneDrive

 

The Thanks

Thank you for your assistance with this. This has been a maddening experience, and I am very much looking forward to a successful conclusion to this, so, again, thank you!! You rock!!! 🤘

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BenDonahue
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The simple solution involves leveraging graph, like so:

 

 

Set(_now, Text(Now(),"yyyy-mm-dd_hhmm-ss"));
Navigate('Completion Tracker',ScreenTransition.Cover);
Set(
    strPDFCompletionTrackerTTL,
    Concatenate(
        "CompletionTracker_",
        _now,
        ".pdf"
    )
);
Set(pdfCompletionTracker, PDF('Completion Tracker', {Orientation: "Landscape"}));

Office365Groups.HttpRequest(
    $"https://graph.microsoft.us/v1.0/me/drive/root:/" & strPDFCompletionTrackerTTL & ":/content",
    "PUT",
    pdfCompletionTracker
);

 

 

A more abstracted version of the graph call is:

 

 

Office365Groups.HttpRequest(
    $"https://graph.microsoft.us/v1.0/me/drive/root:/" & <PDFFileTitle> & ":/content",
    "PUT",
    <PDF Content>
);​

 

I imagine this will help a lot of folk; I certainly hope so.

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BCBuizer
Multi Super User
Multi Super User

Hi @BenDonahue ,

 

To get it out of the way: As you noticed the PDF function is an experimental feature which may break / be removed without prior notice and should hence not be used in production.

 

Can you please confirm 'Quick look' is the name of either a Vertical Gallery, Vertical Layout Container, Horizontal Layout Container, Container, or Screen? These are the only supported objects: PDF function (experimental) - Power Platform | Microsoft Learn

 

For testing, you could try saving the output of the function to a variable and see how that comes out?



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Hello @BCBuizer,

 

First, thank you for your time and help.

 

Yes, "Quick Look" is a screen name. Once I save the PDF to a variable, I can see the PDF using the PDV viewer control, so I know that part is working. This issue, I believe, is handing that data over to Power Automate; I could be mistaken.

Hi @BenDonahue ,

 

If you can capture the file content in a variable, the PDF function should indeed not be the issue. Next step in testing is to try and pass the value of the variable to Power Automate. 



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BenDonahue
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And there's the rub; choosing a File type to receive in Power Apps, nothing is being received ion the Run() call.

BCBuizer
Multi Super User
Multi Super User

Hi @BenDonahue ,

 

I was about to write a formula to test when I noticed you are trying to pass a record to Power Automate and I think the issue is there. Can you please try with the below formula where the output of the PDF function is passed to Power Automate as a text?

 

SavePDFToOneDrive.Run(PDF('Quick Look'))

 



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BenDonahue
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@BCBuizer ,

After switching up the data transfer from File type to Text type, I places a Compose right after the trigger to report on the data being transferred, and this is what I got:

appres://blobmanager/4c36f93356c04f7e8431b42706c49db0/4

 This might be real promising; is this referencing a location where the PDF data in Text form can be found?

BCBuizer
Multi Super User
Multi Super User

Hi @BenDonahue,

 

Indeed it looks like that. 

 

May I ask if you tried using this guide in the official documentation of the function to get things to work? Work with the PDF function (experimental) - Power Apps | Microsoft Learn



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BenDonahue
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The simple solution involves leveraging graph, like so:

 

 

Set(_now, Text(Now(),"yyyy-mm-dd_hhmm-ss"));
Navigate('Completion Tracker',ScreenTransition.Cover);
Set(
    strPDFCompletionTrackerTTL,
    Concatenate(
        "CompletionTracker_",
        _now,
        ".pdf"
    )
);
Set(pdfCompletionTracker, PDF('Completion Tracker', {Orientation: "Landscape"}));

Office365Groups.HttpRequest(
    $"https://graph.microsoft.us/v1.0/me/drive/root:/" & strPDFCompletionTrackerTTL & ":/content",
    "PUT",
    pdfCompletionTracker
);

 

 

A more abstracted version of the graph call is:

 

 

Office365Groups.HttpRequest(
    $"https://graph.microsoft.us/v1.0/me/drive/root:/" & <PDFFileTitle> & ":/content",
    "PUT",
    <PDF Content>
);​

 

I imagine this will help a lot of folk; I certainly hope so.

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