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Topic: PDF E-Book Creation
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 55309
From: willhud69
Date: 5/29/2002 05:11 PM

Needing a little PDF advice from you experienced Document masters.

We currently print reports from an AS/400, Excel, and Office to produce a bound financial report for our company. We would like to change this bound paper document that consists of many individual files into a single easy to navigate web site. I have suggested that we use PDF files to do this in order to maintain page layout, page breaks, etc.

To accomplish this, I have investigated using a product from Gumbo Software called Spool-O-Matic. It runs on the AS/400 as command and can be incorporated into CLs to take an AS/400 Spool file (report files) and convert it into PDF files. This would allow us to convert the 50 to 100 reports into 50 to 100 PDF files. This part works great as I have tried out their demo. To handle the Office Documents (Excel and Word), I have suggested using Adobe Acrobat itself. This will convert those documents into PDF files.

The problem though, is how do I put all of these PDF files that would be created (there would be a few hundred) into a single web site. I would want either a master PDF document that links to the others or an HTML document that acts as a Table of Contents to the others. The data resulting electronic book would be distributed to users in one of two ways. Either by burning the entire thing onto a CD or by posting it to our internal web site which runs on the AS/400. I can control all security aspects on the 400 including who would have access to which pages of the electronic book. I need this to be almost automatic, or at lest to the point so that a typical data entry person could do it. We publish this data several times a year and I would not want MIS to have to stop programming to create a master document each time. I discussed this with Adobe and their help desk told me to buy a product that was like $8000.00. While purchasing a product is within the realm of reason, that kind of price tag is way out of line for this project.

While I have used PDF files for years as a user, I have never created PDF files or reviewed all the tools in this part of the computing sector. If anyone has a tool or has run across a tool or technique for doing something like this, please email me with a solution.

Will Hudson
B&B Distribution
Programmer/Analyst
whudson@usave.com

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