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  • How to import pdf files??

    Is there a way to import pdfs' into a table?

    I have 68m pdfs' to place into a table, dedupe and index them so that they can be recalled as needed. Each pdf has it's own Id number.

    I have tried but to no avail.

    Any and all help and direction is much appreciated.



  • #2
    Re: How to import pdf files??

    I don't think there's a way to import PDFs to a table. I don't think you'd want to anyway.

    How about importing the PDF file names into a table and using Alpha for whatever management you need?

    Something tells me that you'll benefit and get better ideas from us if you'll give just a bit more detail about what you're doing.


    • #3
      Re: How to import pdf files??


      The pdfs are of a company's statements. The original file was used to produced a hard copy (multiple pages) and were mailed to their clients. Now a copy of the original statement is in pdf format and is being used to review with the client.

      They have their paper copy and the pdf is for the customer service rep.

      I have table with just one field. I would like to do a query on a Id number and be able to review the pdf with the client.



      • #4
        Re: How to import pdf files??

        Open up the sample AlphaSports database that ships with A5.

        When the opening menu comes up, click on the link for PDF Viewer. Might that do the job?


        • #5
          Re: How to import pdf files??

          Thanks, I'll take a look.



          • #6
            Re: How to import pdf files??


            Database is safe place also for pdf-files.
            With MySql database you can handle easily pdf-files with Alpha.
            Here is one easy way to use them in Alpha.

            First but pdf-files to MySql-table. Use MediumBlob datatype for the actual pdf-file field.

            After this you can create in Alpha an active link table linking to this MySql database table.

            Then you can create a default browse from this active link table. If you did name the MediumBlob data field in MySql table for example pdfhere, you see in browse just <Bitmap> in this field , but the actual pdf file is now there, you just can't yet see it but it is there.

            You can then for example right click the field in browse and export the <Bitmap>. Alphas default is untitled.bmp. After saving this file you can chance the file name untitled.pdf or whatever.pdf and now you see the pdf file and you can use it.


            • #7
              Re: How to import pdf files??

              Thanks Ken,

              I'll see what I can do..



              • #8
                Re: How to import pdf files??


                If you are not familiar with uploading data to the MySql table, you can of course use Alphas Active link table instead.

                Create the MySql table as I earlier mentioned.
                Create the Active link table pointing to this table if you do not already have it.
                Create a Default Browse.
                Now rename the pdf-file you are going to upload to the database: whatever.pdf to whatever.bmp
                Now you can upload the file in Default Browse as any image before using Alphas own image downloader.

                So your pdf-file is now in the MySql table and you can use it as I earlier mentioned.

                As you can see this is very easy and you don't have to code anything.


                • #9
                  Re: How to import pdf files??

                  Hi Kenn,

                  Do I understand correctly that you have a bmp file in the database?

                  Imagine, I have a list of names and addresses in a pdf file, and I upload it the way you explained.
                  Do I see a picture of this list or can I manipulate and store the various names and addresses stored separately?

                  If this is only for ducumentationpurposes can it be downloaded later again as pdf file?

                  This is realy new to me and the reason for this question is that I do not have any experience with MySQL so I can not try.

                  Thank you

                  Most things are simple but unfortunately only after the first time


                  • #10
                    Re: How to import pdf files??

                    I have one table of our clinicians, with name etc., license number, type - easy to manage. The form listing towns they would do home visits in, patients preferred, those they would prefer not to see, what phone numbers to use first etc. - does not lend itself to simple translation into table fields. Reducing resumes to degrees, jobs, dates, loses much insight into this person with 30 years experience in the field. Session notes for our work do not translate into 'digital data'. I move between PaperPort and A5 frequently. Being able to pull up a relevent PDF within Alpha5 would reduce lost itme and encourage reference to these documents.

                    Like Ton, I know nothing about MySQL - and would appreciate an introduction. A5V10 is doing quite a bit for us right now but I'm glimpsing how much more easily and effectively I could manage the work we are doing.


                    • #11
                      Re: How to import pdf files??

                      Karen and Ton,

                      I do not have any experience with MySQL either.

                      Maybe a little more direction in that area will help us get it done.



                      • #12
                        Re: How to import pdf files??

                        If you are not familiar with MySql I think you also get same results with pure Alpha table.

                        Just reneme, upload, save, reneme.

                        Use xbasic/actionscript to hide the name conversion from user.


                        • #13
                          Re: How to import pdf files??

                          Hi all,
                          This thread about something I've wanted to do finally got me to explore the pdf reader supercontrol via AlphaSports. It works. I have only a dozen pdf's set up so far, as the learning curve was steep, but more will follow. In my application the pdf's are clinician credentialing pages - now I can stay in alpha to check something. I'm documenting the process so I don't have to learn again - if anyone is interested I'll be glad to attach a pdf.
                          I've more to figure out as far as clean filtering/ordering since at the moment the file names are not orderly (though each person has a unique ID). Just realized that the name (last, first, middle) is always the same so probably can add that to the pdf list table so the sorting is alphabetical.
                          Best wishes to all for the new year.


                          • #14
                            Re: How to import pdf files??

                            Hi Karen,

                            Thanks for your reply.

                            It would be nice if you can add a thread in the Code Archive.
                            There people show their inventions and share code.

                            Your contribution will be really appreciated.

                            Happy New Year

                            Most things are simple but unfortunately only after the first time


                            • #15
                              Re: How to import pdf files??

                              Karen: I am a trial lawyer using AlphaFive for litigation support -- i.e. to index documents and exhibits which I have scanned to PDF files stored on a hard disk. I want to be able to view them in A5 using the supercontrol PDF Viewer. I store the file reference in a field for "subdirectdory" (i.e hard disk locatio) and a field for "filename" (which is the name of the pdf file) Can you advise me as to how I can write an expression that calls the file into the viewer? I have spent hours experimenting on this without success.