If that is an option for Christopher, I'd certainly agree that this approach is a good one, Art.
As for the direct import issue, I went back and searched the archives and found the discussion in October 2006, but couldn't find a definitive answer to the direct import of multiple-page PDFs into Frame. You suggested the alternative approach of the RTF for the text at that point, too, along with a second trip through with a PNG export to take care of the graphics. This makes sense, and long term, I agree it's better to have content you can edit and reuse than to have it constrained in PDFs. A quick search (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&fkt=3213&fsdt=46573&q=import+(multip age+OR+multi-page+OR+multiple+page)+PDFs+into+(FM+OR+Framemaker)&btnG=Go ogle+Search&aq=o&oq=) suggests there are tools out there that will split up a PDF into individual pages (see, for instance, the splitter and merger tools on Planet PDF), but I didn't find a batch import tool in the same quick glance. One other interesting-sounding tool on Planet PDF is PDF Fly, http://www.pdfstore.com/details.asp?ProdID=742. It sounds promising for getting graphics out of a PDF for putting into FM. Perhaps there's a user or two on the list who can enlighten us about its efficacy? Jim ________________________________ From: Art Campbell [mailto:art.campb...@gmail.com] Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 4:24 PM To: Pinkham, Jim Cc: Christopher Seal; framers at lists.frameusers.com Subject: Re: Automating the import of multi-page PDFs Well, I'd disagree, slightly. I think the import-via-RTF fits under the umbrella of copying the original text and reformattting it, which was one of Christopher's original options. It just isn't copying it directly from the Word Perfect source. Putting a wrapper around a sequence of PDFs would work, but I'd always want to leave the door open to having to correct the originals or to roll them forward into a newer version in the years to come. So I'd opt for having editable text. Art Art Campbell art.campbell at gmail.com "... In my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a '52 Vincent and a redheaded girl." -- Richard Thompson No disclaimers apply. DoD 358 On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 5:00 PM, Pinkham, Jim <Jim.Pinkham at voith.com> wrote: Yes, but I think that's a workaround, Art, and not the exact solution Christopher is asking for. I recall considering an approach a year or two back where I would have imported some of our subsupplier brochures, MSDSs, Product Data Sheets, catalogs, etc. in their full-color, graphically rich PDFs into FM (to facilitate indexing, bookmarking, pagination, etc.) had there been a feasible way to do so. I believe someone on the list suggested there is a plug-in out there that will either a) directly allow multi-page PDF import all at once or b) automatically split a PDF into all of its component pages for easier import. If memory still serves, the cost of the tool wasn't worth it for our needs, but that's not to say it wouldn't be for someone else. Anyone recall such a tool? Jim -----Original Message----- From: framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Art Campbell Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 3:42 PM To: Christopher Seal Cc: framers at lists.frameusers.com Subject: Re: Automating the import of multi-page PDFs Unless there's a gotcha that you didn't mention, the easiest route would be to SaveAs in Acrobat (or any of several third-party programs) to create an RTF file. Then open the RTF files in Frame, wash out any hidden characters by saving as MIF and reopening those files, and then apply the FM look-alike template and go on... Although you may be able to open the original Word Perfect files in Frame, that import filter isn't as robust, in my opinion. Art Art Campbell art.campbell at gmail.com "... In my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a '52 Vincent and a redheaded girl." -- Richard Thompson No disclaimers apply. DoD 358 On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 4:29 PM, Christopher Seal <cseal at sympatico.ca>wrote: > A project requires that FM is used to publish a collection of reports > that were created in WordPerfect. The reports in the collection must > look like the original reports - this is a condition. > > I can either copy text from the WordPerfect file and paste into the FM > document (then format), or I can import sequential pages from the PDF > version of each report. > > The report collection will be published as PDF. > > As there are hundreds of PDF pages to be imported (if I go that > route), I was wondering if there is an automated method of doing this. > Any suggestions would be welcome. > > I am using FM7.2/WP11 > > > _______________________________________________ > > > You are currently subscribed to Framers as art.campbell at gmail.com. > > Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. > > To unsubscribe send a blank email to > framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com > or visit > http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/art.campbell%40gma > il.com > > Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. 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