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Re: [Swftools-common] Pdftoswf on a webserver

From: Dr. Alex Sheppard
Subject: Re: [Swftools-common] Pdftoswf on a webserver
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 2010 10:49:28 +0100
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Hi Gerry,

If all you need from the pdfs is the images, converting the whole pdf may be overkill? You could just use pdfimages (part of xpdf package, i think) to extract the images from the pdfs, convert to jpeg (convert is part of imagemagick), then work directly with those?

Example Commands:

pdfimages My.pdf image_no
for i in image_no*.ppm; do echo "Converting $i"; convert $i -quality 80 ${i%.ppm}.jpg; rm $i; done

I'm sure you could work this into a shell script to be called from php or whatever. Maybe it is more straightforward to use pdftoswf - i don't know - but extracting the images would be my inclination.


Dr. Alex Sheppard
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Creighton, Gerry wrote:
I can’t seem to find any examples or samples of how I could use pdftoswf on the web.
Any hints? I am working on a project where the images that I need to load are only available as
Basic pdf’s so I need to convert those to something that Flash can ingest.

Thanks for any tips.


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