• Subject: RE: Creating Adobe Acrobat files on AS/400
  • From: John Myers - MM <jmyersmm@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 18:25:59 -0500

Brad ... Thanks,

' checked out your site prior to submitting the question ...

The reason that my staff recommended .pdf is that they need to dynamically 
create these documents on the fly & be able to serve them, in color, in the 
exact proportions & sizes to users with delivery & printing via a web browser.

There is also the issue of vertical printing that they would like to do on 
some versions of the document.

We are open to other technologies if they can do the above!

Yeah, it sounds like 5 lb of fertilizer in a 10 lb sack, but there's a good 
reason that we want to do it ... the current front-running idea is to put 
an NT server in the mix to build the pdf file.  To me, simplicity is next 
to godliness ... the NT is just something else to go wrong!

Thanks ... John

At 05:14 PM 1/23/01, you wrote:
>I have a utility (SPLTOOL) that creates PDFs from spooled files, but only
>*SCS (text only, no graphics, etc) and let me tell you.  It was the worst 4
>months of reading (Adobe PDF specs, newsgroups, etc.), testing, etc. of my
>life.  Sure, PDF is pretty, but it's NOT easy.
>
>I would look at getting 3rd party software.  And also ask yourself "why
>PDF?".
>
>Brad
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: John Myers - MM [mailto:jmyersmm@sbsusa.com]
> > Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2001 3:51 PM
> > To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> > Subject: Creating Adobe Acrobat files on AS/400
> >
> >
> > We are doing a project where we would like to create Adobe
> > Acrobat files in
> > the AS/400's IFS.
> >
> > The document created would be similar to an employee ID card with a
> > picture, graphics, and text.
> >
> > I know that there are products that convert spool files to
> > .pdf files.  Are
> > there any products / code samples for formatting and creating
> > custom .pdf
> > files natively on the AS/400?  A fallback would be a document that
> > describes the Acrobat standard.  I would prefer to not add an
> > NT server to
> > the configuration to get this done.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > John Myers
> > IBM Certified Specialist - AS/400 Technical Solutions
> > IBM Certified Specialist - Advisor for e-Business
> > Strategic Business Systems, Inc.
> > 17 S. Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey, NJ 07446  USA
> > E-mail: mailto:jmyers@sbsusa.com   Phone: +1 (201) EASY 400   x131
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> >
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