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Storing individual information while creating a PDF on a web server

Mar 7, 2008 12:13 AM

Hi everyone,

we would like to use Distiller Server 8 on our web server to create on-demand PDF files with individual meta-information "on-the-fly". Basis would be an InDesign/PS-Document, but each PDF file must have an unique file name.

The idea is that a web site visitor (respectively a web script) is able to start the PDF creation process. During this process a small information part (i.e. session-id) should be stored in the PDF file in order to identify the very user who has been creating and downloading the PDF later on.

Is this possible with Adobe Distiller Server 8?
If not, is there another software to make this possible?

Thanks in advance!
Jens
 
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    Mar 7, 2008 12:31 AM   in reply to (Jens_Hartmann)
    > Basis would be an InDesign/PS-Document, but each PDF file must have an unique file name.

    Bear in mind that Distiller Server would only take care of the
    PostScript. For InDesign, consider InDesign Server.
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    >. During this process a small information part (i.e. session-id) should be stored in the PDF file in order
    > to identify the very user who has been creating and downloading the PDF later on.

    One way to do this would be to add to the metadata in the file. There
    are "pdfmark" instructions that can be added to the PostScript file
    before distilling to cause extra information to be put in the PDF
    file. The pdfmark reference is in the Acrobat SDK.

    Aandi Inston
     
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    Mar 7, 2008 2:18 AM   in reply to (Jens_Hartmann)
    >Hmm, that sounds complicated :-)

    Not one half as complicated as most of the alternatives.

    >So for my understanding: by adding for example hidden text fields into a PS doc via "pdfmarks" it is possible to insert individual information into the PDF file while its creation?

    Not text fields, that is really complicated. Metadata.

    You could also add real text onto pages as standard PostScript, but
    that requires significant PostScript programming expertise.

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    May 4, 2008 11:45 AM   in reply to (Jens_Hartmann)
     
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    May 4, 2008 11:55 AM   in reply to (Jens_Hartmann)
    Hey Jens, If you can't get this to work on Adobe Distiller 8, you can always get a custom coded script that will do this for you. It won't run you that much either. You could post the job on a free lance site and get it made fairly easily.

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    May 13, 2008 10:33 AM   in reply to (Jens_Hartmann)
    > Basis would be an InDesign/PS-Document, but each PDF file must have an unique file name.

    Bear in mind that Distiller Server would only take care of the
    PostScript. For InDesign, consider InDesign Server.
    >
    >. During this process a small information part (i.e. session-id) should be stored in the PDF file in order
    > to identify the very user who has been creating and downloading the PDF later on.

    One way to do this would be to add to the metadata in the file. There
    are "pdfmark" instructions that can be added to the PostScript file
    before distilling to cause extra information to be put in the PDF
    file. The pdfmark reference is in the Acrobat SDK.

    Thanks.
     
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    May 17, 2008 1:26 AM   in reply to (Jens_Hartmann)
    Thank you very much..

    Greeting
    Internet Marketing
     
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    May 17, 2008 11:01 AM   in reply to (Jens_Hartmann)
    Hey .. Thank you very much as well.

    Greeting
    Download Ebooks
     
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    May 17, 2008 11:33 PM   in reply to (Jens_Hartmann)
    Hi,

    >Hmm, that sounds complicated

    Not one half as complicated as most of the alternatives.

    >So for my understanding: by adding for example hidden text fields into a PS Download Ebooks doc via "pdfmarks" it is possible to insert individual information into the PDF file while its creation?

    Not text fields, that is really complicated. Metadata.

    You could also add real text onto pages as standard PostScript, but
    that requires significant PostScript programming expertise.

    Thanks
    Hardy
     
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    May 21, 2008 12:30 PM   in reply to (Jens_Hartmann)
    WHAT A GREAT POST.

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    Sep 1, 2008 7:54 AM   in reply to (Jens_Hartmann)
    It's simple you just need to add the "" at the beginning of the < tag.

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