Re: Acrobat-ics (.PDF to .RTF)

Subject: Re: Acrobat-ics (.PDF to .RTF)
From: Ben Weisner <ben -at- WEISNER -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 1997 10:49:24 -0600

Nothing like beating a dead horse to get the response you need ;>

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creation, etc.


Ben Weisner

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>Date: Sat, 29 Mar 1997 12:43:37 -0700
>From: "Tagader, Frank" <Frank_Tagader -at- JDEDWARDS -dot- COM>
>Subject: Acrobat-ics
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>Maybe this is beating a dead horse (please, no comments for animal
>rights activists), but I think there has to be a way to get formatted
>information from PDF out of PDF.
>Here's our problem. Our development department decided that they will
>produce PDF files as the output from our reporting tool. But, this
>presents the documentation team with a problem. How do we show these
>reports other than as screen captures (in which we would loose most of
>the columns)? In addition, we need to translate the headings (but not
>the data) into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese,
>Japanese, and Chinese. Scanning and OCR are not a viable solution since
>we are talking about multiple report examples in 45 English guides
>translated into at least six other languages.
>I tried a conversion tool that converted PDF into a WMF format (the eval
>copy of that software was unable to handle converting it into TIF which
>is what we usually filter our graphics into Interleaf). I then pasted
>the WMF pages of the report into a Word for Windows document, saved it
>as an RTF document, FTP'd the RTF document to my Interleaf desktop and
>filtered the document to Interleaf. Voila, the formatted reports were
>there, but the text appeared to be rasterized rather than coming in as
>text elements, which would make it difficult for our translation teams,
>who use IBM Translation Manager on OS/2 to automatically translate the
>bulk of our guides. WHEW!
>So, does anyone have any suggestions?
>We are pursuing another course internally to see if we can intercept the
>spool files as the reports are processed before going to PDF, but I hope
>there are alternatives that some of you might suggest as well.
>Thanks for your attention.
>Frank Tagader
>senior technical writer
>J.D. Edwards World Source Company
>frank_tagader -at- jdedwards -dot- com
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