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Topic: Re: binary stuff' ???
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 56539
From: LeonardR
Date: 5/29/2002 05:20 PM

At 08:10 AM 8/25/2001 -0400, p-pdf-developer Listmanager wrote:
>i'd like to write a little command line tool that merges two pdf-files.

OK. That's a pretty difficult task to get correct if your not

>Reading adobes references enabled me to do that job.

Yup, all the info you need is in there - you just have to make
sure you "cross all the i's and dot all the t's". Of course, that assumes
that you are working with PDF files that are 100% to spec - and there are a
LOT of them out there that are not.

>But now i encounter some problems by viewing my output files with acrobat

What kind of problems? What errors do you get from Acrobat?

>I think the problem is the "binary stuff" right after the header.

That could be. Other common problems would involve correctly
updating all object ID references, correctly updating the XREF tables, etc.

>At development time i didn't pay any attention to that, because i thought
>it is not important. But now it seems, that the acrobat reader can't read
>the file without the "binary stuff".

You can have a file w/o that "binary stuff", provided that you get
all the object offsets in the Xref correct.

>The reference doesn't specify the "binary stuff". What is it? What has it
>to contain? The reference only tells that it consists of characters
>greater 128.

It's there for historical reasons to trick software from not doing
line ending conversions on a PDF.


Leonard Rosenthol
Director of Software Development (215) 922-3509 (voice)
Appligent, Inc. (formerly Digital Applications) (610) 284-4233 (fax)

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