We have a .NET application that creates, views and prints PDF reports, and would like functionality for that without any extra (no adobe popup windows, preset adobe buttons, etc). What would be the cheapest Adobe SDK/product to buy that supports this?
For a server, or at the desktop of a single user?
Its for a desktop application (with a touchscreen if that matters), using .NET 4.5 on Windows 10.
You want something like the Adobe PDF Library. Don't try to do this with Acrobat or Reader. Trying to automate desktop applications to do things "silently" is a non-starter. If the application has dialog boxes, I assure you, one will pop up. Use a developer tool instead. That's what they're for.
What are you currently using to view PDF files on the client? Is “mostly silent” ok?
Currently we use the .NET control WebBrowser with acrobate reader installed. It works ok, but the WebBrowser control is ancient (Microsoft should update that one).
Don't think you could add any interface to the control. But I assume it is a local file, that you know the open file and it hasn't been changed, so you can separately trigger a print. In that case I'd go with the advice to use Adobe PDF Library. Cheap it isn't.
How much does it cost (approximate numbers are ok)? I could not find any quotes on net.
It is quoted for your use case, and may have a one-time, an annual and/or a royalty basis. I think a PDF printer might be more economic if you have a single workstation.