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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
aje
Level: Power Up
Hi,
I'm sure PowerApps will take an other dimension as soon as formating documents / printing and "save as pdf" solutions are available.
Tell us please....
Thanks
Level: Powered On

Please add a printing feature or export to pdf feature. What is the point of showing an invoicing app as a demo and we cannot export the invoice to the customer? Other way could be to have a reportibg engine using common data source and which can be easily accessed from a power app.

RGR
Level: Power Up

This is a most-wanted feature! We use PA for checklists in the field, they need to be printed as a verification to the customer. Hope that you implement this at near future.

Level 8

Our company is all set to move our forms over to PowerApps with one exception -- we need to print some of the forms for legal reasons. Is this option on the list of features? If it is, how soon do you estimate before it is available? 

 

One additional comment. If we can convert a PowerApp to a PDF--  not only could it be printed but also separated into single pages, add additional documents and any other features available in PDF formats. I work for a home builder. Converting over to PAs for all contract forms allows them to be used on tablets/smartphones. This makes it easier for sales to take forms directly to the customer for info and completion. We need to have both digital and paper copies.

Level 8

I have posted the idea of printing along with everyone else, any ETA on this feature?

 

My thought would solve 2 problems at once. If a PDF conversion is added, files could then be filed, printed and emailed in PDF format. 

 

You would make a LOT of PowerApp users very happy!

 

 

Level: Powered On

Printing is a "must"... Include please

Level: Powered On

me too please provide a flow to print 

Level: Powered On

If microsoft could provide proper printing functionality in power apps, this would be a major brekathrough. In doing this, microsoft must consider barcode label printing and support for printing onto major printer types.

Level: Powered On

great!

Level: Power Up
Has there been any progress on this?