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Topic: Re: Dynamically *modifying* PDF files
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 56939
From: LeonardR
Date: 5/29/2002 05:22 PM

At 10:35 AM -0400 9/13/00, p-pdf-developer Listmanager wrote:
>Lets say that you have a PDF booklet (too complex to programatically
>generate in full with PDFLib) in which a few text fields are marked
>in some way (eg. bookmarks) and you want to programatically replace
>those peices of text with some other text known at runtime (leaving
>everthing else in there alone), thereby creating a customised
>version of an PDF existing document (not a whole one from scratch).

Would these pieces of text be ones where the size wouldn't
change, such that you wouldn't have to worry about wrapping?

Would PDF form fields work as "placeholders", provided that
the form fields could be removed during the fill-in process.

>How would you go about this in both Client and Server scenarious?
>In the Client case (Windows), is this something you could write an
>Acrobat plug-in for using the Adobe SDK?

Sure, this would be a perfect use for a plug-in!

On Windows, you might also want to look at using something
like PDFToolkit from ActivePDF () which is
a COM/ActiveX object that you could use to work with form fields and
limited content needs.

>In the Server case (Linux/PHP), what tool would be needed (keeping
>the cost down as this is a homer)?

On Linux, the only tool that I am aware of for content (or
form field) manipulation of a PDF document is our SPDF library
(). However, it is a high-end library and is
priced appropriately.

Leonard Rosenthol
Sr. Software Engineer (215) 922-3509 (voice)
Digital Applications (215) 440-0504 (fax)

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