A user wrote to ask how the recently released XPPAJ libraries (used in my cf_pdfform tag) could be used to determine basic PDF file information (version, page count, and so on). And yes, it sure can. The following is a quick UDF I threw together that returns PDF version, page count, attachment count, and a flag indicating whether or not the PDF contains a form.

// Init all vars
var formIS="";
var PDFfactory="";
var PDFdoc="";
var formType="";
var attachments="";
var result=StructNew();
// PDF form input stream
formIS=CreateObject("java", "java.io.FileInputStream");
// Get PDF document object
PDFfactory=CreateObject("java", "com.adobe.pdf.PDFFactory");
// Get page count and version
// Get formtype object
// Determine type
if ((formType EQ FormType.XML_FORM)
OR (FormType EQ FormType.ACROFORM))
// Get attachments
// If have any, get count
if (IsDefined("attachments") AND IsArray(attachments))

To use the UDF just pass it the fully qualified path to a PDF file, like this:

Obviously, XPAAJ must be present to use this UDF.

5 thoughts

  1. Thanks much for this. It’s very helpful.
    I do have a suggestion.
    If all of the samples from the XPAAJ SDK were duplicated in .cfm instead of just .jsp, it would actually help both in teaching this subject to beginning Acrobat and ColdFusion developers as well as in presenting the new unified face of Adobe to the developer community.

  2. XPAAJ can’t do that very easily (i.e. it’s not a built-in method of that library).
    The .NET libraries I’ve seen use JavaScript to call the addThumbnails method of the Doc Object using the full version of Acrobat running on a server. Although this could technically be accomplished easily enough in ColdFusion, I’m pretty sure Adobe’s licensing policy (see http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/antipiracy/faq.html) for something like this would still prevent a server solution from doing this for modifying PDF’s for delivery over the Internet. I’d love to be proven wrong on this, though.
    One really cool thing I like about the XPAAJ.jar is that it doesn’t even require Acrobat to be installed on the ColdFusion server and its my understanding that Adobe’s licensing now lets anyone with a license for ColdFusion use this freely for Internet enabled apps.

  3. Hi Ben,
    I am trying to view the annotation names within the PDF. I can get the PDF instances by referencing:
    However, I cannot get the actual name or value of the annotation. I’ve tried:
    but it seems to give me a memory reference, not the actual annotation value. Can you help?

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