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Topic: Many Issues - Autodate, Security, Headers, Search, Batch
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 155668
From: rubydog
Date: 10/31/2006 07:13 AM


I have a huge project at work that I am in need of a LOT of help. I apologize the the length of this post now.

I inherited an electronic print library of all of our engineering prints about a year ago. The prints are considered intellectual property so they must be handled carefully. They were all scanned in as pdf image and an invisible on-screen stamp that prints on the hard copy was to be placed along with security to each of the files.

Problem, we have approximately 35,000 files in one folder. Some of the prints have been found with neither a security or stamp on them. We can not make the folder accessible to everyone because of security risks. As a result I do the electronic and paper versions!

All files created pre September 2005 were created with Adobe Standard 5.0. For several months we went to Standard 7.0 it did not have the Form Tool that was available in 5 so I had to use 5 to place the stamp. I now have professional but not much ability. I have been on this forum for many many hours trying to find solutions, but I have so many issues it is hard to piece the solutions together.

For a completely different initiative, need to make the images searchable (OCR?) for a hand stamp that had been stamped on "some" of the original prints before they were scanned. Is it likely that this can be done? If so, what is the best method for doing it? I can't loose quality, but I could work with a copy of the files

I would like to search the folder, which I can divide up if anyone feels that is advisable, not only for certain words out of original hand stamp, but also need to locate documents that don't have the invisible stamp or security.

If it is possible an alternative would be to place either a header or a footer with an auto print date and a disclaimer on each file in a batch process.

An issue with that may be that the files were not all created with the same version, and the security policy is not the same on all of the files, and some don't have any security, although the password is the same on them all.

Ideally, would like to create a new security policy that would not allow editing, but the engineers would be able to make comments and circulate when they have a change request. They don't have write access to the folder so I am not concerned what they do to my files.

If I could apply the header or footer (invisible on-screen , but prints out the "Non Controlled" message and a date of printing), and apply consistent security policy in a batch process I would be 1/2 way home.

What can be done in a batch and what can't?

How do I create a batch sequence?

How do I create a header or footer with dynamic date? How do I apply it?

Then of course the OCR?

I've read many post and I see Distiller, design, frame maker, LiveCycle, and several other functions/programs mentioned. I don't know what is in Pro 7 and what are add ins.

I could also use recommendation for training, and, or good reference guide for dummies. I have no idea what I need to learn, although eventually I would like to learn a lot, right now I need to focus on my immediate tasks. I am off today and that is the only reason I have had the time to research.

I don't even understand bookmarks and layers!

Please HELP!


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