[xep-support] Re: CoolTool - Package Builder

From: Kevin Brown <kevin@renderx.com>
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 - 16:17:21 PDT


Certainly. I actually have an application I wrote long ago called "PDFTools" that utilizes iText that splits/merges/stamps and does much, much more.

This serves a specific need for a group that wants to do it in one step with one tool. They actually use WinMasse so we are going to add this capability to the SOAP service and make a "package" formatter.

If you simply want to merge PDFs into one, I would not be recommending RenderX. But if you want to create in one step a single document that is a dynamic XML+XSL of a contract, a static PDF of the legalize, a dynamic XML+XSL of the support agreement, and a static price list ... you can. In one step.


-----Original Message-----
From: earlhood@gmail.com [mailto:earlhood@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Earl Hood
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:12 PM
To: kevin@renderx.com; RenderX Community Support List
Subject: Re: [xep-support] CoolTool - Package Builder

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM, Kevin Brown wrote:
> Have you ever had the need to build up a package PDF? What I mean is
> that maybe you have a few static PDF documents and a few other
> documents that are generated with RenderX ... but you want one PDF?
> Well, in making use of one little trick in the RenderX Intermediate
> Format, we put together a demo showing exactly how you can do this
> with the current RenderX software.

If one just wants to concatenate a bunch of PDFs into a single PDF, I use Ghostscript and this bash function:

  pdfjoin() {
    gs -q -sPAPERSIZE=letter -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite \
       -sOutputFile="${1}" "${@:2}"

Example usage:

  pdfjoin combined.pdf file1.pdf file2.pdf ... fileN.pdf

It is straight forward to create a DOS batch version of the function for those using Windows, but you still need Ghostscript installed.


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