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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
Level: Powered On

Is there really no option to add a print control?

I need to have my app print out a receipt at the press of a print button.

print() 

 

😞

 

How was this not included?

 

Level 8

Regarding the printing issue --- a possible temp fix to this problem.

 

Until the printing option is available within PowerApps, my suggestion would be to try using the Snipping Tool which is included within Windows, or a program similar to ST.  This allows you to select exactly what you need on the screen then Print it, save it to Adobe for PDF file or simply use the option-- Send To: as an attachment or within email or added into the email text area. I know it is not perfect, but works for now. Try it and let me know what you think.

Level: Powered On

SO CRIPPLING!

Level: Powered On

MS Team,

Can you update on the progress on printing. Printing is a super important function for any basic office requirement. When can we expect to get this functionality?

 

Nouman

Level 10

@Suep

 

I initiated PRINTING ideaas since the very first day of PowerApps (or even Project Siena).

Though I was verbally promised to be available in Sep 2017, but nothing happen.

 

ERP without Printing, or even converting to PDF, is something like looking Drumstick on the Posters!

 

I used to control Receipt, Table, etc. within SCREEN Viewable area, screenshot (mobile and Win 10 is easy), and then send out using email or attach to Whatsapp (call within PowerApps.. refer to my post on Launch or using WhatsApp API).

 

However, as you agree, this is not the best ideas, as most of the information to be printed or pdfed is more than one page.

 

I have even written a blog on PAGINATION so that one can Print Screen page by page and printout.

Looks stupid but workable..though no choice.

Anonymous
Not applicable

 It would seem that this has been in Under Review for a while. Any updates? @Audrie-MSFT? Should I tag some other devs to raise this?

Level: Powered On

@Anonymous Definitely tag some other devs!

Anonymous
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Tag Party! lol.

@AndyPennell@tahoon@anousham@CarlosFigueira@CWesener@emmac@LanceDelano@Hemanth@GregLi@linhtran --

Any update on this? Or maybe tag someone who can give us an update on this?

 

P.S. Apparently, there's a tag limit.

Level: Powered On

Yessss @Anonymous

 

But how do you know who to tag?

Anonymous
Not applicable

Randomly? lol. I just looked at my posts and the posts I follow and find out if somebody from PA Staff had posted. They have titles there. Although, there's probably a better way of finding PA staff.