2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 5, 2006 4:40 PM by Newsgroup_User

    PDF Creation

    BeaconDigital
      Hi folks,

      I have been asked to create a Director project which would present the user a form which allows him/her to select a number of pages from a list of available page, enter the data to be included on those pages via text boxes (or similar), and select a pdf file located on the users hard drive to be appended to the pages selected above. Once the user has selected the pages, entered the content, and selected the appendix, the projector would then combine those items into a single pdf file which the user could save to his/her desktop (or elsewhere).

      I hope the above makes sense. My first question is, how would I go about creating this ability to edit and create pdf files (if possible)? My second question is, does Director have some basic spreadsheet functionality (cells and calculations for example)? My third question is, can the Projector file in turn email the resulting pdf document or would we have to require the user to use their email software of choice after the fact? And finally, is there a technology better suited to this than Director (Flash or Cold Fusion perhaps)?

      Any help would be greatly appreciated.

      Glen

      PS: If anybody knows of any online sites with something similar, I'd appreciate a link so that I can take a look at it.
        • 1. Re: PDF Creation
          Level 7
          > I hope the above makes sense. My first question is, how would I go about
          > creating this ability to edit and create pdf files (if possible)?

          Have you looked at Impressario?
          < http://www.inm.com>
          There are scripts floating around that deal with pdf creation. How they
          would cope with appending an existing pdf I'm unsure. You could start by
          looking at:
          < http://dasdeck.de/staff/valentin/xtras/pdf/>

          > My second
          > question is, does Director have some basic spreadsheet functionality (cells and
          > calculations for example)?

          Not "natively", but you can certainly build something to emulate this
          kind of functionality.

          > My third question is, can the Projector file in turn
          > email the resulting pdf document or would we have to require the user to use
          > their email software of choice after the fact?

          There are xtras to handle email. It's the attachment that may be tricky.
          Check < http://www.direct-xtras.com> and
          < http://www.updatestage.com/products_table.html>

          > And finally, is there a
          > technology better suited to this than Director (Flash or Cold Fusion perhaps)?

          Pass.
          • 2. Re: PDF Creation
            Level 7
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            > PS: If anybody knows of any online sites with something similar, I'd
            > appreciate a link so that I can take a look at it.
            >

            If you have the time learn python and wxpython

            hth
            sm