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Sep 18, 2023
novaPDF 11.x
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novaPDF SDK network auto-install

novaPDF SDK can be installed on one computer and can be used by any computer in the network, without having to install it on each computer. This is to ease the work of network administrators both at installation time and future upgrades.
novaPDF SDK supports Point and Print technology. This means that you can install the printer on one computer on the network, share it, and you can connect to it from any other computer. The system copies the necessary files for the driver, without any user interaction. On the server there are installed both i386 and x64 drivers and you can connect from the network with any i386 or x64 computers.

How to use novaPDF SDK in a network

If you have a large network you can install novaPDF SDK and your application which integrates novaPDF on a single computer and use it from any computer in the network.
All you need to do in your software is to initialize the INovaPdfOptions interface with the correct printer name, including the name of the computer on which it is installed (like "\\server\novaPDF SDK").
When the application initiates the first print job to the printer server, the system copies the necessary printer driver files without any user interaction and the print job is completed on the printer server.
You can configure private or public profiles on the printer server. Public profiles will be visible on all client computers and all users. Private profiles are visible only for the user that created them. See Private and public profiles for more details.
The COM has to be installed and registered on every computer that uses it, see here How to register COM.
An alternative solution is to use the reg-free registration-free COM technology that enables your application to use the COM without registering it. You just have to import the COM manifest in your application and copy the COM dll in the same folder with your application executable. (you need the novapi11.dll, novasv11.dll and novaim11.dll). For Visual Studio applications configure next options in the Isolated COM section in your application project:
Type Library File:
Registrar Script File:
Component File Name: