Converting Lotus Notes Documents to PDF

15 pts.
Lotus Notes
Lotus Notes 7.x
PDF conversion
Hi, Would like to ask how can i convert multiple Lotus Notes Douments to PDF. An agent would be best as the filename of the pdf can be extracted from the different fields in the Notes Document.

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Lotus Domino

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As of my knowledge you have 3 options:

1. Simplest, but probably useless 🙂
    Get a UIDocument object of your Notes document and call “doc.print()”.
    You can set your PDF printer as default printer and it should do the trick.
    Downside of this approach is that you need UIDocument object so it will not work from back end agents.
2. It is possible to export document to DXL format.
    This is a first step, when this is done you then need to convert that DXL to HTML or XML representation using XSLT tranformation.
    Once you have some common readable format then you can use some open source tool to convert data to PDF. See Apache FOP  
    Problem with this approach is that Notes DXL exporter does not work well with complex documents, it might spit out nothing in some cases, but if your documents are simple it might work just fine.
3. Use third party tool like SWING PDF Converter
    I’m developer at SWING Software and we have jumped over hurdles mentioned above. Our PDF documents will render no matter how complex your Notes documents are. We also support attachments, embedded views and document links. There is toolbar icon and LotusScript API available if you want to embed PDF Converter into your database.
Downside to this approach is that you will have to talk to our sales team 🙂

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  • carlosdl
    In case you opt for this approach, a good list of free pdf generators was constructed in this question: How to create pdf without having to buy Adobe PDF creator?
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  • Marjohn
    Hi, To explain further the scenario. I wish to select several documents in the view and simply execute an agent or command to extract those documents into several pdf files, with the filename taken from some fields from the document automatically. Since there would thousands of documents, and to prevent human error, the click and target location of the extracted pdf file will just be the action needed in this process. Many thanks!
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  • Ajaxraju
    Any code for multiple documents each document as separate PDF file.
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