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The same folks that make Impressario have another xtra called VizionDB
which will make an index of all the text inside all the PDFs and allow
Cool! I downloaded the trial, I'm still waiting for INM to send me the trial key to install it (i think it has been an hour already).
Mike, have you had any experience using this xtra before? Do I need to have database knowledge to be able to use it?
I used it and it worked from basic searching. You don;t need any
database knowledge to make it work. It is a little touchy though, and
crashed a lot.
I did learn that it can not index a PDF that has NO text in it. Some of
the ones that my client had were made from a bitmap per page, with no
real text. You would expect that it would find no text and simply not
index it, but instead, it would crash hard. You need to open the PDF in
Acrobat and make a text field somewhere off the screen where it can not
be seen and put some text in it (like the title/author of the PDF), then
it would not crash.
And it will also crash if you are trying to index the PDFs by their
metadata, if the metadata has certain characters. For example, when you
are typing in Word, and you use quotes, it converts them to "curly
quotes". If you copy/paste from Word into the metadata fields for
author, title, etc, the indexer will crash. Of course my client had
done just that.
Once the indexer does its thing and actually indexes everything, things
went more smoothly. You must index the files before distribution, and
you can not add new PDFs or change the existing ones unless you re-index
the whole lot. That was a little annoying, but I understand why it
would have to be that way.
I also had some trouble with the xtra crashing the projector on Mac,
when it was running off non-writable media (like CD). I got it to work
eventually, but it took a good bit of cursing and yelling like an idiot.
Make sure you test everything as it will be delivered... that is the
take away lesson here.
Wow, I'm sorry to hear you had to play around with it so much to get it to work. The client has not ask any of their projects to be cross platform (yet). All the PDFs they have given us in the past are full of text, so hopefully i can get it to work smooth.
I am still waiting for the trial key from INM. I'm just going to go ahead an email them see whats up, it taking way too long.
Thanks for your help Mike.