PDF Conversion on UNIX without OpenOffice

In the current Inbound Refinery Update Bundle patch for 10gR3 that was released last year, a new conversion option snuck in. It's called PDFExportConverter and it allows you to convert native documents to PDF without any 3rd party software. It uses the latest Outside In filters to do the conversion instead of relying on the native application, OpenOffice, or a distiller engine.

This certainly makes it easier to install and configure in a UNIX environment. Plus it then does not require the OpenOffice listener to always be running.

The patch ID for the Inbound Refinery 10.1.3.x.x Update Bundle Component on the support site is 6865669. And because it needs the latest Outside In filters, you'll want to also install the Content Server 10.1.3.x.x Content Access Update Package (patch# 6899823) on the Inbound Refinery itself.

Comments:

PdfExportConverter does the conversion much faster as well . Some of the conversions that was taking as much as 10 mins on IBR with Ghostscript got converted within some secs on PdfExportConverter component.This is real good stuff.

Posted by Srinath on September 03, 2010 at 09:42 PM CDT #

Hi, I have tried with PDFExportConverter and done all the steps mentioned in readme file of the component. But when i am trying to convert a doc file it is giving error as "java.lang.NoClassDefFoundException docrefinery/convert/Exsimpledriver". I have searched google but didnt get any solution. can you pls let me know the solution??

Posted by Amarnadh on December 27, 2010 at 11:38 PM CST #

Hello Amarnadh, I'm not sure what that error would indicate. I looked on our support site but did not see any related entries to this one. Perhaps something is mis-configured in your environment. I would suggest contacting technical support so they can examine your configuration and help troubleshoot what may be causing it. Thanks, -Kyle

Posted by kyle.hatlestad on December 30, 2010 at 01:13 AM CST #

Can someone please dumb-down the installation instructions for this patch? I am not sure what needs to be installed on the Content Server, and what needs to be installed on the Conversion Server, and in what order, or if order matters. The readme's are no help at all.

Posted by Dummy13 on January 24, 2011 at 04:01 AM CST #

To install the PDFExportConverter, you first want to install the patch 6865669 on the Inbound Refinery. The download is a component itself, so you can install this through Component Manager. This will update the core Inbound Refinery server and will come with the updated supporting conversion components. Once you've installed that patch component, you can then choose to install the PDFExportConverter.zip component on the Inbound Refinery. This will be available within the [ibr dir]/custom/IBR10gR3UpdateBundle/extras folder. Use Component Manager to install. Finally, you'll want to update the Outside In filters on the Inbound Refinery, so you will want to install the patch 6899823. This zip file is actually a bundle of several components, so you will want to unzip it on your local machine and then install the version of the component that matches your OS platform for the IBR (e.g. ContentAccess-linux.zip). So by the end, you should have installed the IBR10gR3UpdateBundle component, PDFExportConverter component, and ContentAccess- component all on the Inbound Refinery server. Hopefully that clears up any confusion.

Posted by kyle.hatlestad on January 25, 2011 at 02:30 AM CST #

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Kyle Hatlestad is a Solution Architect in the WebCenter Architecture group (A-Team) who works with WebCenter Content and other products in the WebCenter & Fusion Middleware portfolios. The WebCenter A-Team blog can be found at: https://blogs.oracle.com/ ateam_webcenter/

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