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Topic: Re: PDF Generation
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 57997
From: LeonardR
Date: 5/29/2002 05:29 PM

At 1:47 AM +1000 10/15/01, p-pdf-developer Listmanager wrote:
>I am working on a project which generates PDF output.


>Unfortunately the original developers can not be contacted and PDF
>is new to me, so I have some basic questions.

Welcome aboard!

>The only PDF tool I have is Acrobate Reader.

First thing, go out and buy a copy of the FULL Adobe Acrobat
package! You will need this for a number of reasons, not the least
of which is that you may wish to purchase some 3rd party plug-ins to
help in debugging your PDF's and they all require the full Acrobat.

>Question 1
>The pdf Template which is read by the program contains some drawings
>and fix text as well as some MARKERS.

What do you mean by "MARKERS"? Are these standard PDF
objects and/or dictionary entries? Are they things in the text to be
replaced? What?

>I can open this original pdf Template in Notepad and I can read
>it(there are no unprintable charakters in it). The other pdf
>Template which I got to replace the old one has unprintable
>characters and is much smaler in size. Are there different
>compressed and uncompressed PDF formats.

Yes and no. PDF is the same structured format, but some
parts of it (streams) can be compressed AND/OR encrypted.

>What tool do I have to use (buy) to produce such a textual pdf?

You mean what do you need to do to produce a compressed PDF?
Acrobat will do it for you from any application. But I thought your
software was creating PDF's??

>What tool do I need to include such Markers into a PDF file?

I still don't understand where these "markers" come into the
PDF? Can you send an example, or explain??

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