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AlivePDF addImage() bug yields ArgumentError: Error #2015 Invalid BitmapData

by: Rich Hauck

I’ve recently been using the open-source AlivePDF AS3 library to satisfy a client’s request for printing a PDF from a Flash movie. It’s a handy library–and something that would be handy to have built into Flash  (then again, maybe Adobe Mars will take over).

While trying to print out a screen capture of my SWF I came across a pesky runtime error. I’ve since posted to the AlivePDF open issues list, but I figured I’d post here (below) to help further help anyone searching for the issue.

What steps will reproduce the problem?

Basically, I’ve attempted to pass a parent of a DisplayObject or variable reference to a DisplayObject instance in my class. Examples:


What is the expected output? What do you see instead?

I wanted to take a screen capture instance of my entire SWF, but instead I’d get the following runtime error: ArgumentError: Error #2015 Invalid BitmapData.

The problem I found was on line 3190 of Using FlashTracer, I determined that the following values were being passed into the addImage function:


When I alternatively hard code the values, the PDF prints fine:
var bitmapDataBuffer:BitmapData = new BitmapData (1000, 600, false);

What version of the product are you using? On what operating system?

I’m using AlivePDF with Flash CS3 and TextMate on MacOSX Leopard


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About Rich Hauck

Rich Hauck

I'm a creative technologist at Hauck Interactive, Inc. and an adjunct instructor at HACC. I live in Harrisburg, Pa. with my wife and three boys. I enjoy good coffee, Trappist beers, Orioles baseball, and good design.