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Topic: dynamically replacing text and graphics in a PDF file
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 110324
From: petey
Date: 4/26/2004 12:56 AM

Hi. This is my first question to the list. I looked all over for an answer to this question, but couldn't find one. I hope this is the right place to ask.

My question is this:

In FrameMaker, I could create a document with conditional text and graphics for different situations. Then, I could use Acrobat Distiller to generate two pdfs from that Framemaker file, showing either condition. The text and graphics could all be included in the one Framemaker file, or they could be imported by reference.

I would like to be able to have the same result (multiple variations) in the pdf, but without having to create the conditionalized variations in Framemaker and then use Acrobat to generate the pdfs. Instead, I would like the user, using only Acrobat Reader, to be able to change text or graphics to suit his or her own needs. I would want to set up the file so that I control which text and graphics are changeable, and which are boilerplate. And I would like to provide the user with the alternate text and graphics from which to choose.

As a simple example, let's say I have the following five files:

- a one-page PDF, containing an image of a pizza and some text that says "This is a pizza."
- a picture of a pepperoni pizza
- a picture of a pizza with mushrooms and tomatoes
- a text file containing just the text "This is a pepperoni pizza.".
- a text file containing just the text "This is a mushroom and tomato pizza."

I'd like to give these five files to my end-user and allow them to change the graphic and text in the PDF by just specifying which type of pizza they want to see (maybe in some sort of drop down list).

I envision this as some sort of plug-in for Acrobat Reader. Does something like this already exist? If not, does anyone have any input on whether this is possible?

Thanks,
Peter

PETER SPITZ
Software Craftsman
AbovePlan Corporation

Phone: 905.731.4855





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