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Old 12-07-2006, 06:34 AM   #1
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Merging Scribbles with Pdf

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The addition of scribbles on pdfs is very useful to make notes and annotations on the move. But what if you want to use these notes on a laptop or desktop...? Or if you want to email them to people...? Well... Since the Irex Scribble format is xml, it is quite easy to do this...

So... Here's a quick demonstration and example php script that does just that... mergeScribble.php

This page has links to the requirements (PHP 5, fpdf, fpdi & PEAR Console/Getopt).

I think Irex have mentioned that they will be coming out with official support some time soon, but someone might find this handy until then...

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Old 12-07-2006, 10:46 AM   #2
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Cool utility. Question: having exported the scribbles this way, is it possible to get the Vision Objects PC software to parse them into searchable text?
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:52 AM   #3
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Cool utility. Question: having exported the scribbles this way, is it possible to get the Vision Objects PC software to parse them into searchable text?
Not sure, this is something I would think Irex's tool would do. Best talk to them...
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:11 PM   #4
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Sorry if this question is incredibly naive, but...

when I click on "mergeScribble.php" it just downloads a text file
"download.php" with a bunch of warnings in it.

Merging the scribble xml with pdf would be extremely useful...
it would reduce my paper useage by about 90% and so I am
eager to try it out!
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:38 PM   #5
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Give it a go now... Could've sworn that was working this morning...!
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:44 PM   #6
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Got it, thanks!
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Old 12-08-2006, 05:05 AM   #7
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Indeed this is a planned feature and will be available shortly

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Old 12-08-2006, 06:46 AM   #8
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Indeed this is a planned feature and will be available shortly
This would be cool!
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Old 12-08-2006, 12:44 PM   #9
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Updated script so that it adds bookmarks to pdfs to show which pages have Scribbles... (Can only see these in Acrobat)
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Old 12-08-2006, 03:26 PM   #10
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I tried to install php and all the needed packages on my NSLU2 which has an XScale processor aswell and runs on 266Mhz.

The procces worked fine, took a while, but produced an unreadable result
On my windows machine it worked like a charm.

I uploaded the files in case anyone knows pdfs enough to find out what the problem might be. (floating point operations?)
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File Type: pdf test.pdf (1.17 MB, 234 views)
File Type: pdf test2.pdf (1.17 MB, 213 views)
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Old 12-10-2006, 07:53 AM   #11
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I uploaded the files in case anyone knows pdfs enough to find out what the problem might be. (floating point operations?)
Opening it with Evince gives me a lot of :

Code:
Error (6575): Illegal character <2e> in hex string
Error (6575): Illegal character <b0> in hex string
Error (6586): Illegal character '>'
Error: End of file inside array
Error: Leftover args in content stream
Error (6909): Unknown operator 'ų00'
Error (6921): Too many args in content stream
So... Some kind of encoding problem...?
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Old 12-18-2006, 03:15 PM   #12
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I've gotten this to work at home where I've installed php5,
but doing so at work is problematic. Is anyone out there thinking of
making some sort of os x package for merging pdf and scribbles?
Should I start pestering iRex?
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:09 PM   #13
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Should I start pestering iRex?
Perhaps, although I'm thinking a more elegant way to do this would be to do everything on the Illiad -- the Iliad can convert handwriting to input characters already... Use the device to capture bookmarks instead of scribbles. And then insert the bookmarks into the pdf...

So there's a challenging task to anyone who feels they're any good... Make the pdf viewer capture bookmarks and add them to a pdf... (And of course you'll need to have some indication of what/where the bookmarks are...)

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Old 12-20-2006, 04:21 AM   #14
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What PDF writing lib could be used in the device? Is there an Open Source one available written in C(++)? The PHP option is of course not feasible on the device itself.
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:02 AM   #15
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What PDF writing lib could be used in the device? Is there an Open Source one available written in C(++)?
Ah... Forgot that little point...
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