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Automatically padding documents for merging double sided documents

Posted at: 3:14 PM on 30 June 2015 by Muhimbi

DoublesidedWow, what a title for a blog post ‘Automatically padding documents for merging double sided documents’, what does that even mean? Well, let me try and explain.

One of the more popular features in our range of server side PDF Conversion products is the ability to merge multiple documents (e.g. a couple of MS-Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Image files) into a single PDF. Works great! However, up until now we did a straight merge, each document was merged directly after the previous one. Although most of the time that is the desired behaviour, some merged documents are really intended for printing, more specifically, double-sided printing. When printing double sided you typically want each new document to start on the right-hand (or Odd) page.

As of version 8.0 we make it possible to automatically inject blank pages for situations like the one described above.

This behaviour can be controlled in a number of ways.

 

Conversion Service configuration file

It can be controlled globally, for all merge operations regardless of how they are carried out, by editing the following setting in the conversion service’s configuration file:

  <!-- Control merge behaviour. Leave empty to use the setting specified in the web service call.
        * Next - When merging, start each document on the next page.
        * Odd  - When merging, start each document on an odd page.
        * Even - When merging, start each document on the next even page. –>
  <add key="Merging.ForceDocumentStartPage" value=""/>


 

Request by request basis

If you do not wish to apply this new behaviour to all merge operations then it is possible to control it on a request-by-request basis by passing a value into MergeSettings.DocumentStartPage as part of a web service call.

MergeSettings

 

Pretty useful. Any questions or comments, leave a message below or contact our friendly support desk.

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The PDF Converter for SharePoint Online and Office 365 has Arrived!

Posted at: 12:16 PM on 04 June 2015 by David Radford

  SPO-365

Yes, you heard that right!  The popular Muhimbi PDF Converter for SharePoint is now available for SharePoint Online and Office 365.  What does this mean for you?  Well, if you’re using SharePoint Online / Office 365 or are looking to move to it, you can now access the Converter’s functionality from any SharePoint Online Site Collection, available directly from the SharePoint App Store!

SharePoint Online is an increasingly popular way for companies, large and small, to leverage the advantages of SharePoint, without the server and maintenance overhead of on-premise installations.  It also makes it easy to grow when usage increases, just like the Muhimbi PDF Converter for SharePoint Online.  Our new subscription model allows you to easily add features and capacity as your environment and needs grow, without the need to carry out complex software deployments on your own servers.  From large to small- we convert them all!

To start, you can find an overview of the available features and various subscription tiers on the product’s website.

We’ve worked hard to provide our SharePoint Online customers the same experience our on-site customers have come to expect.  This means, baring some minor limitations due to the SharePoint Online model, you’ll get the same full featured, robust application we’ve long provided for SharePoint on-premise.  

With many more features, including our popular real-time (‘on open’) watermarking facility, and support for Nintex Workflow for Office 365 to come.

 

Handy ribbon menu convert icon for the User Interface?  Right here and in the dropdown context menu:

 

Convert and merge multiple file types from the User Interface including meta-data?  At your service from the same button:

 

Create custom SharePoint Online workflows using our workflow actions?  Well, of course!:

 

The Muhimbi PDF Converter for SharePoint Online supports all our standard file formats.  Yes, including InfoPath- and not just standard InfoPath forms, but the browser enabled ones your users have been filling out in SharePoint Online!  The Converter for SharePoint Online also uses our brand new InfoPath conversion engine, which eliminates many of the formatting issues that have begun to crop-up when using the latest Windows Server and Internet Explorer versions.

This all sounds great!  How can I get the Converter for our SharePoint Online environment?  It’s easy!  Just go to the SharePoint App store, select the Muhimbi App and click the green “Add” button.  Once that’s done, just attempt a conversion from the User Interface, enter your e-mail address when prompted and begin you fully featured free trial.  If you want to create SharePoint Designer based workflows, just follow the simple instructions in this link (or watch the how-to video) in order to deploy our workflow activities.

The Muhimbi PDF Converter for SharePoint Online is a new product, built on our time tested on-premise platform, and like our on-premise version, is very actively developed.  Please check back here for new features and functionality or subscribe to our newsletter to keep up-to-date as we continue to improve this newest member of our Muhimbi PDF Converter line of products.

As always, our support desk is happy to hear from you if you have any questions or need some help with getting things to work the way you want.  Please feel free to contact us or browse our comprehensive knowledge base.

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