Tuesday Nov 05, 2013

Comb Over

Being some what follicly challenged, and to my wife's utter relief, the comb over is not something I have ever considered. The title is a tenuous reference to a formatting feature that Adobe offers in their PDF documents.

The comb provides the ability to equally space a string of characters on a pre-defined form layout so that it fits neatly in the area. See the numbers above are being spaced correctly. Its not a function of the font but a property of the form field.

For the first time, in a long time I had the chance to build a PDF template today to help out a colleague. I spotted the property and thought, hey, lets give it a whirl and see in Publisher supports it? Low and behold, Publisher handles the comb spacing in its PDF outputs. Exciting eh? OK, maybe not that exciting but I was very pleasantly surprise to see it working.

I am reliably informed, by Leslie, BIP Evangelist and Tech Writer that, this feature was introduced from version 10.1.3.4.2 onwards.

Official docs and no mention of comb overs here.


Happy Combing!

Thursday Jan 07, 2010

I don't want to RTFM!

Saw a patch release today slipping past my ever growing inbox. It had an intriguing title: OPTIONAL PRINTING OF PAGES IN PDF TEMPLATES, WTF?

Digging into the bug text; some customers would like the ability to not have to print the instruction sheets in their PDF documents. In an RTF template its pretty simple but if the document is already in a PDF format why re-invent the wheel. Its a nice enhancement and available all the way back to 11i (5.6.3)

There are two parts to the solution one piece in the data and another in the template itself. For the PDF template you need to add a field to the instruction page:

Name: SHOW-PAGE
Tooltip:<?show-page:PRINT-INSTRUCTION='Y'?>

this is the default command to print the instructions ie 'Y' or 'N' if you don't want them.

Now, in your data for the form you need to include a specific XML element:

<data>
 <form1>Your Text Data</form1>
 <form2>1234567890</form2>
 <PRINT-INSTRUCTION>N</PRINT-INSTRUCTION>
</data>

Now as BIP merges the data in it will check the XML tag see whether it should be printing the instruction page or not.

The patch is not quite out of the gate but if you are interested look out for 8452335. If you need a template to check out the functionality, get it here.

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Tuesday Oct 21, 2008

Left out in the cold ...

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Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

PDF Template Versions

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Tuesday Mar 04, 2008

Adobe 8 PDF Templates

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