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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

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: Power Up

Why not send email to e-printers or print screen from mobile phones? 

Level 8

14th of Feb was the last update on this. Four months. Nice

Level: Power Up

We have given up and moved on, I still get notifications through because I posted but for all your own sanities do the same! This is not high on the agenda and when (or if) it does come I should imagine it'll still not suit everybody. 

Level: Powered On

It has been on started status, but no updates in "forever" and I have not seen it in the near future release plans. Is this on purpose, really?

What this does is push people away from using it.... I hope they realize that once you invest in something else it will be too late to switch...

Level: Powered On

Is everyone that's commenting filling out the survey? When I first commented, I hadn't noticed the survey. I just filled it out, I'm sure if every one went back and did the same we'd continue to see traction on what we need. 

Level 10

I have an idea that could resolve part of this issue.  I build a lot of Apps,  but the majority of users only use them on their PC or LapTop.  Why dont you create a print cability that uses the inbuilt OS print window when the app is being used on a PC type like MS access does. 

 

PS: You could also do this capturing attachments that are not formed based

 

This at least gives us this option.

Level: Powered On

Since every platoform is able to deal with PDFs, it seems that no matter which platform you are on, just render it to a PDF and pop it out in the device's native PDF viewer so you have access to print, save, share, email, etc.  Keep it simple, but the rendering does need to happen client side since some of our applications are always offline and don't have access to the internet for these operations.

 

Level: Powered On

Hi All, like most of you I upvoted this idea as I've struggled to meet the needs of end users who cry out to print.  I'd encourage you all to watch the PowerApps Vision and Roadmap session from MBAS a couple of weeks ago, link here.  It was a great session but spoiler alert, you'll find that there is no mention of printing.  It was a notable absence for me, so on ~46mins you'll just about hear me ask the guys on stage (Charles Lamanna @clamanna  & Ryan Cunningham) what's happening with printing. And they gave a really honest answer that its not on the roadmap because PowerBI is much further down the line on printing (want to avoid duplication of effort) and in particular Paginated reports should be the hammer to crack this nut.

 

Hope this helps

Level: Powered On

I am watching this space since months and still there is no update when this functionality will be actually available. I am a big advocate of using Powerapps but the response from the Microsoft team is forcing me to think again and go back to some custom development. This will be a big blow from out Architectural roadmap but looks like this is the only solution as we dont want to go with some hacky solution to use Flow, One drive to generate the pdf which is already been build once in the app.

Level 8

Hi everyone in this loop.

 

I am Hong (pk Hong, hpkeong) and I am the one who create this hot ideas since th beginning stage.

 

I joined as insider in Jan 2016. Idea for printing was posted then after I tried to convince client to test using.

 

Nonetheless ,everyone is asking for Printing feature.

 

In the real world, printing has been a normal habit for all users to see something physical and not something in the screen (virtual).

 

But I guess from the perspective of Microsoft, they might see several things differently

1. They are facing how to provide printing features but continue to charge users slightly higher in fee (in Plan) as it might have to use a database to temporary storing data prior printing. will that worth it (this was something shared by Microsoft staff personally to me months ago). For Microsoft, nothing is free.

2. Since tablet and mobile phone cam view almost everything and shared, why needs printing?

3. Using flow to save to Dropbox, One drive or Googl drive and print as HTML or saved as PDF for printing might just take a few more seconds. Why bother to create extra features

 

In fact,if one know how to create Custom Connector, and trigger to own Database system., print HTML from web is a direct method.

But you got to pay for it as it consumed data.

 

I am here to help.

Tq


@Migrated_User wrote:

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.

 

Anonymous shared this idea  ·  February 01, 2016