New Experimental PDF function in PowerApp

PDFWhether you want to link your data to Dataverse, SharePoint, or one of the other 300+ connectors, Microsoft Power Apps are an excellent way to do so. The same developers must, however, take into account situations where users need to view, print, and share PDFs. Now you may be wondering; can PowerApps create a pdf? Yes, it can. 

Users can now transfer screen content in a variety of settings with the new experimental PDF function in PowerApp. PDFs can be set up to display the entire contents of the screen or just a portion of it, and they can expand to display tabular data that spans more than one page. You may now create a PDF of a screen’s contents using Power Automate to send via email or store in a Power Automate flow.

However, there is still a lot to know before you get the answer to; what are the functions in PowerApps. Let’s see what you need to understand before using the function. 

The PDF function syntax

The PDF function syntax includes Screen or control name, Size, DPI, Margin, Orientation, and ExpandContainers.

This screen control has the content that will be used to create the PDF. Vertical Gallery, Vertical Layout Container, Horizontal Layout Container, and Screen have supported controls.

Controls the size of the PDF that is produced. Depending on the user’s location, Letter or A4 is the default setting for the US, Canada, and other locales.

Controls the resulting PDF’s scale and resolution. The value must be bigger than 0. A higher effective DPI may result from the content that fills more space than is permitted by the designated margins. 96 is the default value.

A string describing how much room should be left between the created PDF’s content and the outside edge. The resulting PDF’s top, right, bottom, and left margins can each support a distinct value. The following units of measurement are supported for this value: in, cm, mm, pt, and px. For all margins, the default setting is 0.5 inches (12.7 mm).

Determines whether the output PDF is landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical). The standard setting is portrait (vertical).

Controls whether specific containers containing content larger than the space allotted for them will expand to show the entire generated PDF. PowerApps screens, horizontal and vertical containers, vertical fixed-height galleries (not stacked), forms, and scrollable canvas controls are among the affected controls. False is the default setting.

Work with the generated PDF

To find your way around the PDF viewer, you have many methods to follow.

However, one of the most used methods is below:

How do I use pdf viewer in Power App?

1- Select the button you made in the preceding stages in the canvas app you created, or add a new button.

2- Enter the following formula in the button’s OnSelect property: Set(myPDF, PDF(SubmitInspectionScreen)); 

PDF Viewer in PowerApp

3- Choose Insert > PDF viewer from the command bar (experimental).

4- Select the Document property from the list of properties, then type myPDF into the formula bar.

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5- Select Save and publish in the upper-right corner.

6- Try out the app.

7- Choose the additional button. When the button clicks, a PDF is created, saved in the variable, and shown in the PDF viewer control.

How do I print a pdf from PowerApps?

Any screen can be chosen and fit onto a page to be sent to a printer for printing or to be saved as a PDF file using the print feature.

PDF Feature

How to enable the PDF function?

You only need to locate the PDF function feature in the Experimental tab and turn it on to activate this new experimental functionality.

  1. Open a new Power app or change an existing one to enable the PDF feature.
  2. Select Settings from the command bar.
  3. Choose Future features.
  4. Set the toggle for the PDF feature to On under the Experimental tab.

Bottom Line

So, here is everything you need to know about creating pdf documents. If you are new to this experimental feature, you can always count on the brief guide by DFSM. On the other hand, Microsoft has also shared its detailed documentation that is always available online.

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Top more 5 reasons to consider Microsoft PowerApps

Technology is always evolving, and there is no surprise that people now have more efficient solutions to most problems. However, to reach a smooth path for your business operations and build custom solutions, many decisions and a lot of collaboration must be carried out. This is where Microsoft PowerApps come in handy to most businesses.

What is Microsoft Power Apps?

In order to rapidly and easily establish business applications, Microsoft PowerApps is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that comprises connectors, services, apps, and database platforms.

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Why do you need PowerApps in business?

microsoft power-appsPowerApps is the driving force behind Microsoft’s entry into low-code development platforms. The plan is for inexperienced app developers. As it is a method for developing business solution apps, we can refer to it as an interface that reduces actual development costs and coding. Let’s discuss the reasons below why you should consider Microsoft PowerApps for your business.

Fast, professional app development for your company is one of the main advantages of Power Apps. No longer do businesses have to wait for IT. If your IT staff has a significant backlog of projects, Power Apps is a lot faster than traditional development methods for creating and deploying apps.

You can simply design an interface, connect your data, and do much more with the low-code platform’s intuitive drag-and-drop interface and pre-built templates within weeks, if not days.

It’s always been challenging to integrate various phases and applications. Some businesses experience delays as a result of a lack of expertise or expensive costs associated with creating the platforms’ interfaces.

Existing tools, such as Office 365, Microsoft Excel, Onedrive, SQL, Salesforce, MailChimp, SharePoint Online, and Azure, are easy to integrate with PowerApps.

It’s crucial to remember that your employees are your most valuable resource when you have a distributed workforce. Participating in digital transformation is a great approach to raising morale and bringing people together.

Power Apps’ low-code functionality can enable your staff to participate in creating the apps they want to see. Additionally, it gives developers more freedom to make better applications. Power Apps also lessen the workload for IT.

What sets Power Apps apart from rival offerings is the “low-code approach to app production.” This indicates that anyone, regardless of technical proficiency, may make apps. It’s actually quite difficult to learn how to build apps on your own, so unless you’re a developer, it’s best to work with your Microsoft Partner on all except the simplest applications.

A low-code approach has several benefits, one of which is that an app may be delivered much faster than with conventional development methods and proper content management.

Power Apps shortens the time needed to create business applications for the three most widely used operating systems: iOS, Android, and Windows. This is accomplished by automating the workflows, utilizing a visual designer, and leveraging templates. Think about the time and money you will save by creating simple apps in-house. Thanks to Power Apps, new apps get into employees’ hands more quickly than before.

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While the world is shifting, you need to be more efficient with your online presence. To have a smooth process of managing apps, data, or communication with your teams, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Power platform can play a vital role. For a more efficient integration of it, DFSM is here to provide help.

Besides, if you want to know more about the effective usage of the Microsoft OneDrive account, OneDrive business benefits, and OneDrive app, follow our blogs to learn.

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