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Old November 18th, 2019, 02:14 PM
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Default Inserting PDF File inside a Composition

I've been using this rule to insert magazine text pages inside a composition of a book cover. So the front cover is Body Page 1, Inside front cover is Body Page 2, the PDF I want to insert is next and then the Back Inside Cover and Back cover are the other Body Pages. Easy enough.

The PDF files I want to insert are on a new server and for some reason, it is not finding the PDF I want to insert. The only thing I changed from the last template was the pathName field because the files are in a different location. I've double checked the names in the path and the file name and everything is correct.

I'm stumped. Can someone see if they see anything that would not allow me to find the PDF in this rule when I validate it? Only thing I could think of is the server permissions.

This is the Error message:
***Error*** (uncaught exception: Error: Graphic not found: magazine-97.pdf)


var pathName = "//ServerLocation/Resources/";
var FullResourcePath = 'magazine-' + Field("MagIDShort") + ".pdf"; //change to match your data file field
var x = new FusionProResource(FullResourcePath, "graphic", 1);
if (!x.exists)
ReportError("Graphic not found: " + FullResourcePath);
var pdfString = '';
for (var pgnbr = 1; pgnbr <= x.countPages; pgnbr++)
{
x.pagenumber = pgnbr;
pdfString += x.value + '<p>\n';
}
Print("Result is: " + pdfString);
return pdfString;
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Old November 18th, 2019, 03:37 PM
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Default Re: Inserting PDF File inside a Composition

You have this line in the rule:
Code:
 var pathName = "//ServerLocation/Resources/";
But I don't see where you're using that pathName variable after declaring and setting it. The fact that you don't see the path in the error message is also a clue that you're not actually using it.

I would think you would want the next line to be something like:
Code:
var FullResourcePath = pathName + 'magazine-' + Field("MagIDShort") + ".pdf";
Though, instead of hard-coding the path in the rule, you could set it in the Search Path box on the Advanced tab of the Composition Settings dialog.

After that, you need to make sure the path is in the correct format, which depends on the platform (Windows or Mac). I guess my question to you is, are you composing this job locally, on your Mac, or are you composing it on Windows, via Producer?

If you're composing on Mac, then you probably want a path that starts with "/Volumes/". And, on Mac, you need to make sure that you're actually connected to the server. You probably need to do a "Connect to Server" (Command-K) in the Finder, then connect to the remote server with SMB or a similar protocol. I would make sure you can see one of the files in question in the Finder, then drag it into a Terminal window to get the actual POSIX path, which, again, I would expect to start with "/Volumes/".

If you're composing on Windows, then you probably want a UNC path, which starts with two backslashes; but backslashes need to be escaped in JavaScript, so that string would need to start with four backslashes, something like this:
Code:
 var pathName = "\\\\ServerName\\Resources\\";
Again, it might be easier to just define the Search Path in the Composition Settings, where you don't have to worry about escapes for JavaScript. Although, even easier than that would be to specify a Search Path for the Queue in the FusionPro VDP Producer Configuration.

If you want to make this work both for local Mac compositions, and for remote Windows (Producer) compositions, then you can write the code something like this:
Code:
var pathName = "\\\\ServerName\\Resources\\"; // Windows UNC path
if (FusionPro.isMac)
    pathName = "/Volumes/Resources/"; // need to connect to the server in the Finder first
var FullResourcePath = pathName + 'magazine-' + Field("MagIDShort") + ".pdf";
Or, even easier than that, remove the path from the rule completely, and define BOTH Search Paths in the Composition Settings, with a semicolon between them, like so:
Quote:
\\ServerName\Resources\;/Volumes/Resources/
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