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Author Topic: PDF creation command line tool -- Does one exist?  (Read 6238 times)

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PDF creation command line tool -- Does one exist?
« on: February 11, 2009, 07:03:18 PM »
I have a program that will spit out a tiff, and I want to use some kind of command line tool to quickly take the tiff and convert it to a pdf.  I need it to be command line because I want another program to use it as a parameter as part of a batch process.  Does something like this exist?

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Re: PDF creation command line tool -- Does one exist?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2009, 07:14:53 PM »
I just googled

    command line pdf maker

looks like there are a few there

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Re: PDF creation command line tool -- Does one exist?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2009, 07:26:58 PM »
http://www.accesspdf.com/pdftk/
    * Merge PDF Documents
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pdftk
I have it with a GUI but it is a command line tool (cant remember does it come with GUI)
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Re: PDF creation command line tool -- Does one exist?
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2009, 07:51:20 PM »
Nice, very cool.  Thanks.  I'll check it out.

I'm also looking into if pdfcreator has any command line options.  That's also freeware, and a very good free pdf creator.

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Re: PDF creation command line tool -- Does one exist?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2009, 08:41:15 PM »
you can also try tiff2pdf, which is part of LibTIFF tools.

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tiff2pdf opens a TIFF image and writes a PDF document to standard output.

The program converts one TIFF file to one PDF file, including multiple page TIFF files, tiled TIFF files, black and white. grayscale, and color TIFF files that contain data of TIFF photometric interpretations of bilevel, grayscale, RGB, YCbCr, CMYK separation, and ICC L*a*b* as supported by libtiff and PDF.

If you have multiple TIFF files to convert into one PDF file then use tiffcp or other program to concatenate the files into a multiple page TIFF file. If the input TIFF file is of huge dimensions (greater than 10000 pixels height or width) convert the input image to a tiled TIFF if it is not already.

The standard output is standard output. Set the output file name with the −o output.pdf option.

http://www.remotesensing.org/libtiff/

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Re: PDF creation command line tool -- Does one exist?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2009, 08:56:52 PM »
<a href="http://sourceforge.n...projects/pdfcreator/">pdf creator </a> claims to be able to do this, though to be it's not terribly clear how to do it (at least I couldn't work it out in the few minutes I was fiddling with it)


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Re: PDF creation command line tool -- Does one exist?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2009, 03:50:03 AM »
pdftk
I have it with a GUI but it is a command line tool (cant remember does it come with GUI)

PDFTK can do all sorts of things with pre-existing PDFs, but I don't think it has PDF creation capability.  It's a command-line tool.  The GUI is a third-party addon, which, last time I looked, didn't cover all of PDFTK's features, just the most common ones.


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Re: PDF creation command line tool -- Does one exist?
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2009, 03:56:12 AM »
pdftk
I have it with a GUI but it is a command line tool (cant remember does it come with GUI)

PDFTK can do all sorts of things with pre-existing PDFs, but I don't think it has PDF creation capability.  It's a command-line tool.  The GUI is a third-party addon, which, last time I looked, didn't cover all of PDFTK's features, just the most common ones.

thanks rj - you just beat me to it re it not being the tool for this job
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Re: PDF creation command line tool -- Does one exist?
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2009, 10:25:38 AM »
Lanux128 has the answer. ^^
The Windows version is here: http://gnuwin32.sour...et/packages/tiff.htm

I've used it on occasion and it works well.

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Re: PDF creation command line tool -- Does one exist?
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2009, 07:59:57 PM »
yes the LiBTiff also contains other small tools for dedicated conversion purposes. thanks Edvard for linking to the Win32 binaries.