What is the best practice to configure Watchedfolder process to assemble multiple file types to single PDF file

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sanjithc

14-11-2014

I have a requirement to assemble multiple files from client app to a single PDF file. Please let me know the best practice to achieve it through watchedfolder configuration. We have to use watched folder sue to several reasons. I have noted down some design considerations please let me know if there is a better method. Also any reference to process input.xml file will also be very helpful.

Client App:

The client app will

    -> Generate a input.xml file and prepare few input files with multiple extensions like .doc, .html, .xls, .pdf etc.

    -> All these files along with input.xml will be copied inside a directory (input-dir) with unique name and input-dir will be copied to the 'input' directory of ALC ES4 watched folder.

    -> The app will wait for the result file to appear in the 'result' directory of ALC watched folder.

    -> The result file will be named same as name of input-dir.pdf as it is a unique name and it will help to troubleshoot the environment in case of any error.

The input.xml will contain below information.

   -> Header

   -> Footer

   -> List of file names

  

ALC ES4:

A process watching the folder will copy the input-dir along with all files and process it and write the output to result directory.

Flow of the process needs to be as below.

Option 1  

   -> Store the input-dir name to use in result PDf name

   -> Read input.xml file and store header and footer values to a variable

   -> Read the file list info from input.xml and convert files one by one to PDF in the same order (the order is important)

   -> Prepare a variable with generated file names

   -> Assemble all generated PDF files and apply header, footer information

   -> Write the result PDF to 'result' directory of watched folder

Option 2

   -> Store the input-dir name to use in result PDf name

   -> Read input.xml file and store header and footer values to a variable

   -> Read the file list info from input.xml and store it in a variable

   -> Assemble all input files as package and apply header, footer information

   -> All non PDF files will be automatically converted to PDF (is this available?)

   -> Write the result PDF to 'result' directory of watched folder

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21-11-2014

I don't think option2 is possible as you would need to convert the documents into PDF first before assembling.

Nith

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sanjithc

22-11-2014

Is there any reference which can help me to make the process to read a XML file and loop through file names in watchedfolder to convert first to PDF and then to assemble using DDX?