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    Using attributes of pdfs to populate HTML pages (FrontPage 2000)

    This is pie in the sky stuff, but I was wondering...
    Is it possible to access attributes from the fields on the summary page of an Adobe Pdf file?
    (Right click on file/properties/Summary)
    Title - Subject - Category et al.

    Does Frontpage, or any other Webtool, allow you access these attributes to populate lists?

    Has anyone had success or a similar need for this?
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    Re: Using attributes of pdfs to populate HTML pages (FrontPage 2000)

    I'm having trouble visualising what you want to do. Can you expand on this?

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    Re: Using attributes of pdfs to populate HTML pages (FrontPage 2000)

    Sure thing...only there's a correction
    These attributes are only generated with XP!

    Scenario
    In an HTML page exists a table with links to pdf documents
    This table is populated by values which exist in the attributes fields of the summary page of the pdf files
    The fields in the summary page are:
    Title, Subject, Category, Keywords, Comments
    Technically, there are 3 extra fields: Source, Author, Revision Number
    All 8 appear to be editable if the file is not read only

    I want to access these values, and populate tables in HTML with lists of links to these files.

    If it's only XP, I'm wagering it's an XML thing!
    Sounds do-able to me...
    My only question is, is there a FrontPage component that can utilize this...or am I forced to go to VS .NET

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    Re: Using attributes of pdfs to populate HTML pages (FrontPage 2000)

    These attributes are only generated with XP

    FrontPage XP or the XP operating system?

    I'm wondering if you could get Acrobat to generate the information, because it is programmable.

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    Re: Using attributes of pdfs to populate HTML pages (FrontPage 2000)

    XP-OS to be sure
    That's why I'm thinking that XML could play a pivital role in accessing these attributes.
    Reason being, XML is knee deep in the config files of .NET and XP, so this is right up it's alley.

    It's not really crucial that Adobe generate the data, but more that it can be used to populate tables with values.
    We could then pass those values and convert them to links, and ultimately access the documents that reside in a repository.
    I hope I'm being more clear.
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    Re: Using attributes of pdfs to populate HTML pages (FrontPage 2000)

    I think applications might need to install some kind of shell extension or other special handler to enable Windows to display the detailed file attributes of their proprietary formats.

    If you were thinking of accessing these values in real time, I'm skeptical. These typically would not be available from a scripting language unless they had a COM interface, marked safe for scripting, that you could access using something like:

    Set FileProperties = CreateObject("DreamingOf.PDFPropertyExtensions")

    Unless perhaps Windows will do the work behind the scenes by populating a collection in the FileSystemObject?? (Checked reference: nope, not that I can see.)

    If, on the other hand, you wanted to pull these and generate an index, you probably could find the methods that Windows Explorer is using to read out those attributes and call them yourself from a VB/C++/etc. program.

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    Re: Using attributes of pdfs to populate HTML pages (FrontPage 2000)

    Yeah, that all rings true to what I was fearing it might be.
    I was kind of hoping that maybe they had a component that was already doing this.

    I guess I wanted the lazy way out, but who doesn't?

    Looks like I have a date with Visual Studio .NET.
    I've been to some .NET classes and if those controls are registered, thats where it'll be found.
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