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Topic: Refer within a PDF file to another PDF file
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 111264
From: pvbergen
Date: 5/11/2004 05:53 PM

I decided to post this message on this forum and not on Prepress & Print, since I think to be able to answer my question deep knowledge about the PDF format itself is needed. But please correct me if I'm wrong.

What I would like to do is the following: I would like to print a magazine that only contains the subjects that that particular subscriber is interested in. You could think about subjects like gardens, weddings, babies, loaning money, etc. We would like to generate one PDF file that contains the framework for the complete magazine for one subscriber. This PDf file contains a cover that is custom made (generated) for that particular subscriber, a uniquely generated index of the contents and other than that only 'empty' pages that only contain page numbers, and maybe some regional ads. Within these 'empty' pages there will be a reference to other PDF files. These other PDF files contain the actual articles about a given subject (those articles and thus PDF files are the same for all the subscribers that are interested in that given subject). These articles include the text, photo's and other graphical elements. As you understand, the page number of the 'master' PDF will be overlaid over such a PDF.

In the end, we would feed these PDF-files to a RIP, and that would 'build' the magazine and send it to the (full colour) printer, probably a Xerox iGen3.

What I would like to know: I think it should be possible to make such references within a PDF to other PDF's, but I can't really find an example of someone who actually used this. Can someone confirm it is indeed possible, and maybe even tell me about a project or a software package that already uses this, or maybe even a place where I can download such PDF files (and use them as an example)?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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