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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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Status: Started

Hi everyone,

The first release includes a new Print function in canvas apps, to be used on any screen, and when used will take the contents of the screen and open it in the browser’s default print dialog to enable selecting the available printer, or saving to PDF options. We are also working on screen templates that will help you to author this content. Initially we will only support this on the web, but it will be extended to support mobile devices. Things are trending well with the dev effort, with the roll out starting the end of February, with availability across all regions coming mid March.

The second phase of this work will be to introduce a function that enables saving a screen as a PDF in the app. This will allow compatibility to leverage Power Automate flows to do many of the events such as saving it somewhere, sending an email and other common actions. This is currently still in progress, and we can provide an update in the next few weeks.

Thanks, 
-Emma

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esrivarola__
Regular Visitor

@Emma 

Any updates on the second phase of this feature? 

Bob_Bland
Frequent Visitor

Bumping this. 

 

@Emma 

Any updates on the second phase of this feature? 

Ojabo
Regular Visitor

still this feature not avaiable and no update from microsoft on this.

leyburn19
Memorable Member

As this post started back in 2016 it would seem the mighty programmers at microsoft have been defeated.  The only solution so far is a very basic print screen option, that is PC bound and defeats the purpose of mobility, the very foundation PowerApss was create on.  While some work arounds can be done MS has failed to grasp the importance of this requirement.

 

How far could we take our apps when, working on a tablet or phone, on one click of a button a user can print a single or multiple labels with a barcode or print a simple receipt.  Just two of many uses that come to mind.

 

In my worklplace the lack of such a capability tells me to find another product if I want to truly automate our shop front. 

 

You really need to put some resources into this.  It can be a  huge "why powerapps" factor.  Massive sell of the sizzle.

 

 

Brammers
Advocate I
100% agree. If MS developed this printing need to be really useful, with proper documentation it would be such a selling point. Along with being able to have a desktop / browser / iOS / android aware app, so there’s no need to build multiple apps, it would massively raise the profile of our beloved PowerApps tremendously. I for one will persevere, as I know it will come good in the end. 😊
nagaraj007
Helper V

Any update on printing from mobile device????

Bob_Bland
Frequent Visitor

@nagaraj007 I believe they have completely stopped working on this feature. 4 months ago a rep told me developers stopped attempting to develop mobile printing. After I publicly posted that information, he went into damage control mode and recanted his statement. (The previous page on this thread has some of the conversation) 
Given the fact that they have been completely silent for months, one could assume they have stopped trying and are not sharing this information publicly due to the potential backlash. 
Your best bet is to find alternatives. 
Its pretty bush league for Microsoft to act this way and have no communication. 

 

@Emma is there any update or is my post correct?

PK_Hong
Resolver II

Hi Everyone

 

I started this idea in ‎04-26-2016.

 

I was, just like everyone else, eagerly hoping for this PRINTING feature to finally comes live.

Nonetheless, apart from the last Printing() for Single Page finally published, it is still far from satisfaction.

 

Whenever I received email pertaining to PRINTING topic, I feel pretty upset and I also wish that something can really work out.

 

In fact, from Mid-2016 till today, I have developed for about 6 customers with Complete MRP system and printing from Desktop as well as Mobile have been my winning points, esp.

- QR Code to a Bluetooth thermal printer (as label attached to Pallets) - from Mobile, especially

- DO, Reports, etc. from PC to a normal printer

 

I am lucky to have my programming partners generate a 6 lines of Swagger 2.0 (OpenAPI) for me and use cloud database to achieve all these features.

 

As this has to be linked to a Cloud Database, I hope you can always get your programmers to write this as well to fulfill your most wanted features to Print from any devices anytime.

 

So, my suggestion is get someone to write Swagger 2.0 and link to Cloud Database and surely you can Print.

What MS is facing might be cost problem when link to printing. Just wild guess.

 

I have shared the printing idea in my co-admin Facebook = Working With PowerApps and you may search for the idea.

 

Stay safe and keep healthy always.

 

With respect,

PK Hong

1:25 AM, 04-Sep-2021

Malaysia

CWesener
Power Apps

Hi Folks,

 

Thanks for your patience here, Emma is currently out on leave, so jumping in with some updates. Apologies for the updates from our side going quiet. We appreciate the feedback.

 

As a quick recap on where we have been focusing, and some capabilities already available - our focus to date has been on a print and export functionality for screens from apps to enable makers to generate a printable artifact from the app, either to send to a physical printer or save as a PDF. The release in March of this year allowed you makers to use the Print() function, use screen templates, and change screen behavior (like hiding controls) based on whether the screen was being printed or not. 

 

For more advanced report generation scenarios we will continue leverage integration with PBI Paginated reports, already used by many customers for reporting and specifically built for this purpose offering rich capabilities. PBI Paginated reports can already be integrated into model driven apps, and we are in the process of investigating a limitation in the PBI tile in canvas to support paginated reports being displayed directly in canvas apps.

 

The next focuses for the Print() capability; support on mobile devices, and export to PDF. For support on mobile devices, our devices team are currently investing how and when this can be achieved. While it's something we plan to support, there isn't a confirm date for this functionality yet. We've escalated this within our own team this week based on this discussion so we can loop back and look at when we would be able to add support on mobile devices for printing.

 

For export to PDF, we are looking to see how we can accelerate the development to bring this forward - we are currently planning to add export for PDF as part of the 2022 Wave I updates, which release between October and April but have not set the specific timing within this window yet. We are in the process of finalizing the technical design for export to PDF and should be able to confirm a planned date in the coming weeks.

 

Lastly, the reoccurring point in the thread on documentation on this particular topic is well noted. We will take an action to get some dedicated documentation around printing using the various tools available in our docs updated.

 

We appreciate all the feedback from the community, and appreciate that these ideas often take longer than expected given the balance of other priorities and capabilities on the platform - but we absolutely value the feedback, and continue to consider this into our planning.

 

Once we have updates on either of the topics above, we will provide an update back on this thread. Adding @Tasha_S to track this thread and make sure we provide an update moving forward.

 

Thanks,

Clay.

CNT
Community Champion
Community Champion

@CWesener @Emma @Tasha_S 

The plan to leverage integration with PBI Paginated reports is great 😊, as Paginated Reports are perfect for pixel perfect reports. But, what is NOT great ☹️ is not having a timeline. Please provide more detailed information on how and when we can expect this to work. As much as the Power Apps team in Microsoft have to balance other priorities and capabilities on the platform, please understand that we too have expectations and priorities to fulfil. Not having a must feature is bad. But NOT COMMUNICATING to customers on the progress (or the lack of it) is WROSE. Please give more info on the PBI Paginated reports integration. Thanks.