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You can dynamically create a DDX document that can be used to perform an Assembler operation. Dynamically creating a DDX document enables you to use values in the DDX document that are obtained during run-time. To dynamically create a DDX document, use classes that belong to the programming language that you are using. For example, if you are developing your client application using Java, use classes that belong to the org.w3c.dom.* package. Likewise, if you are using Microsoft .NET, use classes that belong to the System.Xml namespace.

Before you can pass the DDX document to the Assembler service, convert the XML from an org.w3c.dom.Document instance to a com.adobe.idp.Document instance. If you are using web services, convert the XML from the data type used to create the XML(for example, XmlDocument) to a BLOB instance.

For this discussion, assume that the following DDX document is dynamically created.

 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> 
 <DDX xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/DDX/1.0/"> 
      <PDFsFromBookmarks prefix="stmt"> 
     <PDF source="AssemblerResultPDF.pdf"/> 
 </PDFsFromBookmarks> 
 </DDX>

This DDX document disassembles a PDF document. It is recommended that you be familiar with disassembling PDF documents.

Note:

For more information about the Assembler service, see Services Reference for AEM Forms.

Note:

For more information about a DDX document, see Assembler Service and DDX Reference.

Summary of steps

To disassemble a PDF document by using a dynamically created DDX document, perform the following tasks:

  1. Include project files.

  2. Create a PDF Assembler client.

  3. Create the DDX document.

  4. Convert the DDX document.

  5. Set run-time options.

  6. Disassemble the PDF document.

  7. Save the disassembled PDF documents.

Include project files

Include the necessary files in your development project. If you are creating a client application by using Java, include the necessary JAR files. If you are using web services, ensure that you include the proxy files.

The following JAR files must be added to your project’s class path:

  • adobe-livecycle-client.jar

  • adobe-usermanager-client.jar

  • adobe-assembler-client.jar

  • adobe-utilities.jar (required if AEM Forms is deployed on JBoss)

  • jbossall-client.jar (required if AEM Forms is deployed on JBoss)

Create a PDF Assembler client

Before you can programmatically perform an Assembler operation, create an Assembler service client.

Create the DDX document

Create a DDX document using the programming language that you are using. To create a DDX document that disassembles a PDF document, ensure that it contains the PDFsFromBookmarks element. Convert the data type used to create the DDX document to a com.adobe.idp.Document instance if you are using the Java API. If you are using web services, convert the data type to a BLOB instance.

Convert the DDX document

A DDX document that is created by using org.w3c.dom classes must be converted to a com.adobe.idp.Document object. To perform this task when using the Java API, use Java XML transform classes. If you are using web services, convert the DDX document to a BLOB object.

Reference a PDF document to disassemble

To disassemble a PDF document, reference a PDF file that represents the PDF document to disassemble. When passed to the Assembler service, a separate PDF document is returned for each level 1 bookmark in the document.

Set run-time options

You can set run-time options that control the behavior of the Assembler service while it performs a job. For example, you can set an option that instructs the Assembler service to continue processing a job if an error is encountered. To set run-time options, you use an AssemblerOptionSpec object.

Disassemble the PDF document

Disassemble the PDF document by invoking the invokeDDX operation. Pass the DDX document that was dynamically created. The Assembler service returns disassembled PDF documents within a collection object.

Save the disassembled PDF documents

All disassembled PDF documents are returned within a collection object. Iterate through the collection object and save each PDF document as a PDF file.

See also

Dynamically create a DDX document using the Java API

Dynamically create a DDX document and disassemble a PDF document by using the Assembler Service API (Java):

  1. Include project files.

    Include client JAR files, such as adobe-assembler-client.jar, in your Java project’s class path.

  2. Create a PDF Assembler client.

    • Create a ServiceClientFactory object that contains connection properties.

    • Create an AssemblerServiceClient object by using its constructor and passing the ServiceClientFactory object.

  3. Create the DDX document.

    • Create a Java DocumentBuilderFactory object by calling the DocumentBuilderFactory class’ newInstance method.

    • Create a Java DocumentBuilder object by calling the DocumentBuilderFactory object’s newDocumentBuilder method.

    • Call the DocumentBuilder object’s newDocument method to instantiate a org.w3c.dom.Document object.

    • Create the DDX document’s root element by invoking the org.w3c.dom.Document object’s createElement method. This method creates an Element object that represents the root element. Pass a string value representing the name of the element to the createElement method. Cast the return value to Element. Next, set a value for the child element by calling its setAttribute method. Finally, append the element to the header element by calling the header element’s appendChild method, and pass the child element object as an argument. The following lines of code show this application logic:

       Element root = (Element)document.createElement("DDX");  root.setAttribute("xmlns","http://ns.adobe.com/DDX/1.0/");  document.appendChild(root);
    • Create the PDFsFromBookmarks element by calling the Document object’s createElement method. Pass a string value representing the name of the element to the createElement method. Cast the return value to Element. Set a value for the PDFsFromBookmarks element by calling its setAttribute method. Append the PDFsFromBookmarks element to the DDX element by calling the DDX element’s appendChild method. Pass the PDFsFromBookmarks element object as an argument. The following lines of code show this application logic:

       Element PDFsFromBookmarks = (Element)document.createElement("PDFsFromBookmarks");  PDFsFromBookmarks.setAttribute("prefix","stmt");  root.appendChild(PDFsFromBookmarks);
    • Create a PDF element by calling the Document object’s createElement method. Pass a string value that represents the element’s name. Cast the return value to Element. Set a value for the PDF element by calling its setAttribute method. Append the PDF element to the PDFsFromBookmarks element by calling the PDFsFromBookmarks element’s appendChild method. Pass the PDF element object as an argument. The following lines of code shows this application logic:

       Element PDF = (Element)document.createElement("PDF");  PDF.setAttribute("source","AssemblerResultPDF.pdf");  PDFsFromBookmarks.appendChild(PDF);
  4. Convert the DDX document.

    • Create a javax.xml.transform.Transformer object by invoking the javax.xml.transform.Transformer object’s static newInstance method.

    • Create a Transformer object by invoking the TransformerFactory object’s newTransformer method.

    • Create a ByteArrayOutputStream object by using its constructor.

    • Create a javax.xml.transform.dom.DOMSource object by using its constructor. Pass the org.w3c.dom.Document object that represents the DDX document.

    • Create a javax.xml.transform.dom.DOMSource object by using its constructor and passing the ByteArrayOutputStream object.

    • Populate the Java ByteArrayOutputStream object by invoking the javax.xml.transform.Transformer object’s transform method. Pass the javax.xml.transform.dom.DOMSource and the javax.xml.transform.stream.StreamResult objects.

    • Create a byte array and allocate the size of the ByteArrayOutputStream object to the byte array.

    • Populate the byte array by invoking the ByteArrayOutputStream object’s toByteArray method.

    • Create a com.adobe.idp.Document object by using its constructor and passing the byte array.

  5. Reference a PDF document to disassemble.

    • Create a java.util.Map object that is used to store input PDF documents by using a HashMap constructor.

    • Create a java.io.FileInputStream object by using its constructor and passing the location of the PDF document to disassemble.

    • Create a com.adobe.idp.Document object. Pass the java.io.FileInputStream object that contains the PDF document to disassemble.

    • Add an entry to the java.util.Map object by invoking its put method and passing the following arguments:

      • A string value that represents the key name. This value must match the value of the PDF source element specified in the DDX document. (In the DDX document that is dynamically created, the value is AssemblerResultPDF.pdf.)

      • A com.adobe.idp.Document object that contains the PDF document to disassemble.

  6. Set run-time options.

    • Create an AssemblerOptionSpec object that stores run-time options by using its constructor.

    • Set run-time options to meet your business requirements by invoking a method that belongs to the AssemblerOptionSpec object. For example, to instruct the Assembler service to continue processing a job when an error occurs, invoke the AssemblerOptionSpec object’s setFailOnError method and pass false.

  7. Disassemble the PDF document.

    Invoke the AssemblerServiceClient object’s invokeDDX method and pass the following values:

    • A com.adobe.idp.Document object that represents the dynamically created DDX document

    • A java.util.Map object that contains the PDF document to disassemble

    • A com.adobe.livecycle.assembler.client.AssemblerOptionSpec object that specifies the run-time options, including the default font and the job log level

    The invokeDDX method returns a com.adobe.livecycle.assembler.client.AssemblerResult object that contains the disassembled PDF documents and any exceptions that occurred.

  8. Save the disassembled PDF documents.

    To obtain the disassembled PDF documents, perform the following actions:

    • Invoke the AssemblerResult object’s getDocuments method. This method returns a java.util.Map object.

    • Iterate through the java.util.Map object until you find the resultant com.adobe.idp.Document object.

    • Invoke the com.adobe.idp.Document object’s copyToFile method to extract the PDF document.

See also

Dynamically create a DDX document using the web service API

Dynamically create a DDX document and disassemble a PDF document by using the Assembler Service API (web service):

  1. Include project files.

    Create a Microsoft .NET project that uses MTOM. Ensure that you use the following WSDL definition when setting a service reference: http://localhost:8080/soap/services/AssemblerService?WSDL&lc_version=9.0.1.

    Note:

    Replace localhost with the IP address of the server hosting AEM Forms.

  2. Create a PDF Assembler client.

    • Create an AssemblerServiceClient object by using its default constructor.

    • Create an AssemblerServiceClient.Endpoint.Address object by using the System.ServiceModel.EndpointAddress constructor. Pass a string value that specifies the WSDL to the AEM Forms service (for example, http://localhost:8080/soap/services/AssemblerService?blob=mtom). You do not need to use the lc_version attribute. This attribute is used when you create a service reference.

    • Create a System.ServiceModel.BasicHttpBinding object by getting the value of the AssemblerServiceClient.Endpoint.Binding field. Cast the return value to BasicHttpBinding.

    • Set the System.ServiceModel.BasicHttpBinding object’s MessageEncoding field to WSMessageEncoding.Mtom. This value ensures that MTOM is used.

    • Enable basic HTTP authentication by performing the following tasks:

      • Assign the AEM forms user name to the field AssemblerServiceClient.ClientCredentials.UserName.UserName.

      • Assign the corresponding password value to the field AssemblerServiceClient.ClientCredentials.UserName.Password.

      • Assign the constant value HttpClientCredentialType.Basic to the field BasicHttpBindingSecurity.Transport.ClientCredentialType.

      • Assign the constant value BasicHttpSecurityMode.TransportCredentialOnly to the field BasicHttpBindingSecurity.Security.Mode.

  3. Create the DDX document.

    • Create a System.Xml.XmlElement object by using its constructor.

    • Create the DDX document’s root element by invoking the XmlElement object’s CreateElement method. This method creates an Element object that represents the root element. Pass a string value representing the name of the element to the CreateElement method. Set a value for the DDX element by calling its SetAttribute method. Finally, append the element to the DDX document by calling the XmlElement object’s AppendChild method. Pass the DDX object as an argument. The following lines of code show this application logic:

       System.Xml.XmlElement root = ddx.CreateElement("DDX");  root.SetAttribute("xmlns", "http://ns.adobe.com/DDX/1.0/");  ddx.AppendChild(root);
    • Create the DDX document’s PDFsFromBookmarks element by calling the XmlElement object’s CreateElement method. Pass a string value representing the name of the element to the CreateElement method. Next, set a value for the element by calling its SetAttribute method. Append the PDFsFromBookmarks element to the root element by calling the DDX element’s AppendChild method. Pass the PDFsFromBookmarks element object as an argument. The following lines of code show this application logic:

       XmlElement PDFsFromBookmarks = ddx.CreateElement("PDFsFromBookmarks");  PDFsFromBookmarks.SetAttribute("prefix", "stmt");  root.AppendChild(PDFsFromBookmarks);
    • Create the DDX document’s PDF element by calling the XmlElement object’s CreateElement method. Pass a string value representing the name of the element to the CreateElement method. Next, set a value for the child element by calling its SetAttribute method. Append the PDF element to the PDFsFromBookmarks element by calling the PDFsFromBookmarks element’s AppendChild method. Pass the PDF element object as an argument. The following lines of code shows this application logic:

       XmlElement PDF = ddx.CreateElement("PDF");  PDF.SetAttribute("source", "AssemblerResultPDF.pdf");  PDFsFromBookmarks.AppendChild(PDF);
  4. Convert the DDX document.

    • Create a System.IO.MemoryStream object by using its constructor.

    • Populate the MemoryStream object with the DDX document by using the XmlElement object that represents the DDX document. Invoke the XmlElement object’s Save method and pass the MemoryStream object.

    • Create a byte array and populate it with data located in the MemoryStream object. The following code shows this application logic:

       int bufLen = Convert.ToInt32(stream.Length);  byte[] byteArray = new byte[bufLen];  stream.Position = 0;  int count = stream.Read(byteArray, 0, bufLen);
    • Create a BLOB object. Assign the byte array to the BLOB object’s MTOM field.

  5. Reference a PDF document to disassemble.

    • Create a BLOB object by using its constructor. The BLOB object is used to store the input PDF document. This BLOB object is passed to the invokeOneDocument as an argument.

    • Create a System.IO.FileStream object by invoking its constructor. Pass a string value that represents the file location of the input PDF document and the mode in which to open the file.

    • Create a byte array that stores the content of the System.IO.FileStream object. You can determine the size of the byte array by getting the System.IO.FileStream object’s Length property.

    • Populate the byte array with stream data by invoking the System.IO.FileStream object’s Read method and passing the byte array, the starting position, and the stream length to read.

    • Populate the BLOB object by assigning its MTOM property the contents of the byte array.

  6. Set run-time options.

    • Create an AssemblerOptionSpec object that stores run-time options by using its constructor.

    • Set run-time options to meet your business requirements by assigning a value to a data member that belongs to the AssemblerOptionSpec object. For example, to instruct the Assembler service to continue processing a job when an error occurs, assign false to the AssemblerOptionSpec object’s failOnError data member.

  7. Disassemble the PDF document.

    Invoke the AssemblerServiceClient object’s invokeDDX method and pass the following values:

    • A BLOB object that represents the dynamically created DDX document

    • The mapItem array that contains the input PDF document

    • An AssemblerOptionSpec object that specifies run-time options

    The invokeDDX method returns an AssemblerResult object that contains the results of the job and any exceptions that occurred.

  8. Save the disassembled PDF documents.

    To obtain the newly created PDF documents, perform the following actions:

    • Access the AssemblerResult object’s documents field, which is a Map object that contains the disassembled PDF documents.

    • Iterate through the Map object to obtain each resultant document. Then, cast that array member’s value to a BLOB.

    • Extract the binary data that represents the PDF document by accessing its BLOB object’s MTOM property. This returns an array of bytes that you can write out to a PDF file.

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