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Old 05-24-2011
Text file + image/form/overlay file to PDF


We have an app specific legacy environment running SCO Openserver 5.0.7. I need to be able to (1) scan a pre-existing “form” consisting of logo/boxes/lines/static text as an image [whatever format], (2) lay a print file from the app "on top of the image" and (3) output the "merge" as a PDF file.

Scanning the form would only be done once assuming no changes.

I think I see a path for how to do it using a PCL macro with PCL forms/overlay to an HP printer, but I can't connect the dots with a PDF as the goal. I've searched and read to the point that I've talked myself in circles (pcl2pdf, ghostscript, text2post, ps2pdf, etc) and confused myself. Can someone help point me in the right direction with a 1, 2, 3 of the workflow & (hopefully no-to-low cost) toolset to accomplish this?

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Old 05-26-2011
Well, you need:
  1. character recognition software to deal with the image to text problem,
  2. some media that allows you to put text on top of the image, perhaps HTML: Text in front of an image HTML? - Yahoo! Answers
  3. a way to print that media and
  4. a pdf printer.
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