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  • Christofer Lindqvist Christofer Lindqvist StreamServe Employee
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    Hi,

    I have a question about possible solutions and i just wanted to see if there are any good ideas out there that could help me on my way.

    I want to create an application that gives the customer an easy way to send out marketing material etc created from a PDF layout and using an CSV file (for example) for address information.

    What i really would like is to use the PDF as an overlay directly, but that is not possible as far as i know. Of course i could process the PDF with PDF-IN, creating an LXF and using that as overlay, but that would give me a problem with fonts etc.

    Any good ideas?

    Regards,
    Christofer

    Monday 16 April, 2012
  • Mats Pursche Mats Pursche OpenText Employee Partner
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    Hi Christofer,
    I'm not sure if it's doable but maybe you can have a filter that reformats the pdf to a gif or other image, and use that image in some way.

    You could perhaps use the CSV as indata to trigger all processes, and have a script that reformats the PDF to image. Put that image in the background of a StoryTeller process.
    Is it single page or multiple pages?

    best regards,
         /Mats

    Monday 16 April, 2012
  • Markus Anding Markus Anding StreamServe Employee
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    "Image Magic" can do the conversion to i.e. TIF, since TIF can hold multiple pages. I'm not sure which quality you will get though.

    Monday 16 April, 2012
  • Christofer Lindqvist Christofer Lindqvist StreamServe Employee
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    Hi,

    It could be either single or multipage.

    Filter on the inconnector that does a TIF conversion might be a good idea. Ill look into it to see if that might give me a better, more robust, solution.

    Thanks,
    Christofer

    Monday 16 April, 2012
  • Vyv Lomax Vyv Lomax Administrator
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    Would you want your application to be able to handle simple variable place-holders too? If so then I think the PDFIN method is to be recommended.

    Considering the amount of times that customers have asked to build a similar function in StreamServe to MS Word's Mail Merge I am surprised that one has not been built already.

    Examples that I have come across and built bespoke are:

    -    PrintShop – Emergency cover letters (with Excel input)
    -    Retail – Mass mailings to customers advertising items with short sell dates (with PDF input)
    -    Credit Card – Mass mailings with up-sell products to existing customers (with PDF input)

    Each one of these has been a pretty much one-time affair yet the process has been the same – mass mailings based on templates and an address register.

    Isn’t it about time someone built a sellable product?

    Tuesday 17 April, 2012

 

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