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Printing

As this is designed for ENTERPRISE, printing from the within the APPS will make PowerApps superior to Excel and even ERP / SAP system.
If ONENOTE can be accomplished (for printing) after our request, why not PowerApps.

 

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An update on progress here:

First of all, a sincere thank you to all the folks who filled out the survey. (https://aka.ms/pa-printing ) We, the product team, have leveraged a lot of this information in our work on these features. We are still accepting responses for those who have not had the opportunity to fill it out.

We realize this Idea has been open for a long time as we’ve prioritized other items, but this is very top of mind for us. Reflected in this printing Idea, there are several different asks here for different types of “printing”. I want to be entirely transparent and break these different requests out to give those a feel for the direction of the platform for each of these needs.

  1. Report generation capabilities – This request is document-style reports with visualizations that provide additional control, like which tables expand horizontally and vertically to display all their data and continue from page to page as needed.  Think of this as generating fixed-layout documents optimized for printing and archiving, such as PDF and Word files. Currently there are existing methods of doing this today on the platform. People creating canvas apps with SQL leverage SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS).  People using CDS are leveraging the CDS reporting capabilities available to them (backed by SSRS). PowerBI Paginated Reports are now generally available for use as well. Long term, the strategy here for PowerApps is to become more integrated with PowerBI to allow a common report generation story for the platform. At the PowerApps Vision and Roadmap session at the Microsoft Business Application Summit when this question was asked, the answer is that we want to avoid having both PowerBI Reporting Services AND a hypothetical “PowerApps Reporting Services”.  We don’t currently have a further timeline to share, but our teams continue to work together on this integration.
  2. Export to PDF from a canvas app – This request comes from a lot of InfoPath, Access, and LotusNotes users, in addition to many many other people who want to print PDFs as part of invoices, summaries, status updates, work orders etc. We hear you that there will always be a need for having a readable output and archiving whether it is all digital or still requiring paper. This request also came from people who were leveraging SharePoint and other data sources without reporting capabilities.  Today, users are leveraging Flow with the Word connector to create word documents to become PDFs, and another strategy is writing HTML to use with Flow to create a document using OneDrive, or other connectors with convert to PDF capabilities. These options are available today but require some knowledge of HTML and some effort to accomplish. The plan is to provide a simple way to export the contents of a printable screen to a PDF from a canvas app, primarily focusing on the export form scenario. This allows users who use all different data sources to create PDFs using skills they know. However, this solution is not intended to be the answer for really long table heavy documents, banded or cross tab reports​, as well as a few other advanced scenarios. These features can be found in the Report generation solutions provided in Number 1. Now, the work on this particular item has already started, and we have been working on the infrastructure to enable this capability. This is a complex problem, with a lot of different requirements and this is expected to be delivered in 2020.
  3. Export to Excel– We don’t currently have any plans to support this as a further capability. PowerBI Paginated Reports have this as a capability. In canvas apps, you can connect and write to excel today through a connector to write to the templates needed. Additionally, most data sources themselves (CDS, SharePoint and others) have the capability to export data to excel.
  4. Generate Barcodes & print bar codes – This ask is covered by number 1.
  5. Printing direct to a printer – This is something that users will still have to configure for themselves utilizing existing device and browser capabilities and defaults. However, the first parts of this ask involving getting a prinatable output should be covered in 1&2.

To sum up: PowerBI Reporting Services and Paginated Reports is to become more integrated with PowerApps. Canvas Apps export to PDF is a separate capability to arrive in 2020.

As always, your feedback is appreciated. This is a top ask in our community and it is being taken seriously.

Comments
Regular Visitor

@emmac hasn't been online since ‎05-11-2020 06:17 PM according to his user page...

Really some better transparency when it comes to feature development would be nice.

 

I've been working on an app for my company that would combine what we currently use several programs to do, into one single app. Unfortunately I cant do anything more with it until a print function has been implemented, I cant even give my boss a timeline for when I'll be finished because I don't have any idea when printing will be enabled, and I don't really want to use a workaround if the print function is added later and works better than any workaround currently available. It would mean having to go back in and edit the code for everything that's tied to printing or pdf export and I really don't like having to do things twice...

 

Microsoft, what's going on? I love power apps because of its simplicity compared to actual programming languages but i feel like i could have learned one and built an executable app by now instead of waiting for a single feature to become available to make a web app that prints...

 

I know covid messed up a lot of plans for everyone, and there's always more going on behind the scenes than what we see, but we as your customer base could really use some more info at this point, please.

New Member

We have also developed a large app that will greatly streamline our processes. But we are missing the PDF function. Please give us an update when we can expect it?

 

BR, 

Felix

Helper I

Hi @mshunn1 

 

I have exactly the same problem! I was expecting this in July, know there is no ideia when this is going live. Microsoft please give us an update! @emmac 

New Member

Printing directly from PowerApps is crucial and it would be really appreciated if this is announced with detailed process document.

New Member

Any news?

Helper I

I tried to get some answers in Microsoft Power Apps Twitter account, this is the answer i´ve got... 

 

https://twitter.com/mspowerapps/status/1298256338561060867?s=21

Advocate II

Thanks for letting us know @Ulisses.  I replied as well to that Twitter feed in hopes of pushing Microsoft to respond with an update. 

Kudo Kingpin

Desperately needing a printer option to printer my visitors badge from my iPad in kiosk mode connected with my thermal label printer.

 

 

Helper I

@sajarac access the twitter feed i posted above and let microsoft know...

Power Apps

Hi everyone - sorry for the lack of replies on this thread. We did start explorations on printing, specifically export to PDF but unfortunately were not able to make as much progress in the last semester as we would have liked. I'm discussing this with the team as we speak and will loop back on this thread to let you know what we will be able to act on.

 

I sincerely appreciate the feedback, and apologize again this one has dragged on.

 

Thanks,

Clay.