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Topic: Merging / Re-Arranging PDF Pages
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 54690
From: vivek75
Date: 5/29/2002 05:07 PM

Hi All,

Our team is now Planning to buy some Adobe software
for our requirements.
But we need your advice and suggestions on a
few points.


Our requirement is as follows :--
We are trying to convert crystal reports into
PDF files, and then merge the PDF files into
a single PDF file, then re-arrange the pages
in the PDF file, and E-Mail the resultant PDF to
some E-mail addresses.
We also want to attach a disclaimer page at the
end and a "Table of Contents" page at the beginning
of the PDF file.

We already have the mailer component.
We are using VB/ASP platform.
The approach we are having in mind right now,
is as follows ( i don't think this is the best way,
though ):--
1. To convert a Crystal report into a PDF, we are using
a plug-in ( PDFDriver), using the following piece of VB code :--

Dim crxExportOptions As CRAXDDT.ExportOptions
Set crxExportOptions = Report.ExportOptions
crxExportOptions.FormatType = crEFTPortableDocFormat
crxExportOptions.DestinationType = crEDTDiskFile
crxExportOptions.DiskFileName = "c:\TestPDF.pdf"
Report.Export False


2. We are appending the PDFs ( as and when they are created ),
into a single large PDF file. For this we are using
"Active PDF Server" ( Evaluation Copy ), for which we have the
following piece of ASP Code :--

value& = [form!]APServer.Test("This is a test!")
A return code of 0 indicates success
ASP Example
Set APServer = CreateObject("APServer.Control")
APServer.StartPrinting
l = APServer.Test("This is a test!")
APServer.StopPrinting
There should now be a file created

3. Now comes the problem of rearranging the pages. For
this we are having the following approach in mind :--
Extract the pages from the single large PDF ( created above ),
in the order the user wants, and append them into another PDF.
For this, we are having Acrobat Exchange in mind , for which
we have the following piece of VB code :--
Dim PDDocSource As Object, PDDocTarget As Object
Dim iStartPage As Integer, iNumPages As Integer
Dim bInserted as Boolean

Set PDDocSource = CreateObject("AcroExch.PDDoc")
Set PDDocTarget = CreateObject("AcroExch.PDDoc")

bInserted = PDDocTarget.InsertPages(-1, _
PDDocSource, _
iStartPage, _
iNumPages, _
False)
Our problem seems to be as follows :--
In step 2, the "Active PDF server" seems to write
into the PDF ( which we can use for the Disclaimer text
and the table of contents ), but however we are not able to
re-arrange the pages, which acrobat exchange can do
in step 3. However, we have not found a way to make
acrobat exchange write strings into PDF files.
We are planning to buy some acrobat software to achieve the
above, but we want a single software that can do all these
things ( or atleast steps 2 and 3 would suffice ).
Please let me know if you know about any PDF software
that can do all of the above, the cost, and if possible,
the code.
Thanks a lot, in advance !
Regards,
Vivek.

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