1. Delfí Sabadell
  2. PowerBuilder
  3. Monday, 19 April 2021 11:45 AM UTC

I've created with PB 2019 R3 Build 2670 a datawindow with external data source that has a column with richtext style. The application additional properties of PDF Export are 'Always use NativePDF! metchod for PDF export' and of RichTextEdit 'Built-in TX Text Control ActiveX 28.0'.

When I run the application in the development enviroment the datawindow  sees well (included richtext style field) but when using saveas function in a pdf all columns appear in the pdf except the richtext style column that appears in blank.

¿Any solution or its a bug?

Thank you.


Mark Goldsmith Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
  1. Monday, 19 April 2021 13:44 PM UTC
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Hi Delfi,

I'm not sure how dated this information is but Appeon has what appears to be the same issue identified here, https://docs.appeon.com/pb2019/release_bulletin_for_pb/ch02s03.html, as a known issue.

Maybe I missed it but I looked through subsequent known issues and bug fixes and have not seen a reference to this again so I don't know if it has been fixed or even whether it accurately refers to the issue you're having (IE not sure whether using a external datawindow would make a difference)...but sounds similar.

Per the known issue I wonder if your problem would be resolved using the Distill method?!  If so then I guess it's referring to the same thing and is still a known issue.



  1. Delfí Sabadell
  2. Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:26 AM UTC
Hi Mark.

I suppose it’s a bug.

I’ve solved the problem doing a little trick: changing the default printer:

string printer_ini

//f_multi is a function that extracts string separates by tab


// Printer can be any PDF printer installed in the computer

printsetprinter("Microsoft Print to PDF")





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  1. Mark Goldsmith
  2. Tuesday, 20 April 2021 12:10 PM UTC
Glad to hear you found a way around it Delfi and thanks for the update.
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Marco Meoni Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
  1. Monday, 19 April 2021 12:16 PM UTC
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Hi Delfi,

I don't see any limitation of this type in the doc


I have reproduced your issue with external DW, no matter if app is compiled in 32 or 64 bit. I suggest you open a ticket at




  1. Mark Goldsmith
  2. Monday, 19 April 2021 13:47 PM UTC
Hi Marco,

Per my reply to Delfi, I wonder if it works using the distill method?

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