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EEA Converter

eea.converter

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Introduction

This package provides utilities to convert images and PDF files using ImageMagick. It also provides a generic /download.pdf browser view that allow your users to download Plone pages as PDF files with custom PDF cover, disclaimer and back cover (requires wkhtmltopdf system-package installed on your server).

Main features

  • Download Plone/Zope content as PDF files with custom PDF cover, table of contents, etc;
  • Provide utilities to extract PDF cover as image (using PyPDF2 and ImageMagick);
  • Provide utilities to extract metadata from PDF (using PyPDF2);
  • Provide utilities to update PDF metadata (using PyPDF2).

Installation

  • Make sure you have wkhtmltopdf 0.12.1+ installed or install it via zc.buildout
  • Make sure you have ImageMagick 6.3.7+ installed or install it via zc.buildout
  • Make sure you have an OS environment called EEACONVERTER_TEMP within your buildout if you have zope instances over more than one physical server.
  • Add eea.converter to your eggs section in your buildout and re-run buildout. You can download a sample buildout from https://github.com/collective/eea.converter/tree/master/buildouts/plone4

Getting started

  1. Try http://localhost:8080/Plone/front-page/download.pdf

Customize output PDF

Cover

Provide custom browser:page called @@pdf.cover:

<browser:page
  for="my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  name="pdf.cover"
  class=".app.pdfview.Cover"
  template="zpt/pdf.cover.pt"
  permission="zope2.View"
  />

Disclaimer

First page after PDF Cover containing author details and copyrights. Provide custom browser:page called @@pdf.cover:

<browser:page
  for="my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  name="pdf.disclaimer"
  class=".app.pdfview.Disclaimer"
  template="zpt/pdf.disclaimer.pt"
  permission="zope2.View"
  />

Body

Provide custom browser:page called @@pdf.body:

<browser:page
  for="my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  name="pdf.body"
  class=".app.pdfview.Body"
  template="zpt/pdf.body.pt"
  permission="zope2.View"
  />

Back Cover

Provide custom browser:page called @@pdf.cover.back:

<browser:page
  for="my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  name="pdf.cover.back"
  class=".app.pdfview.BackCover"
  template="zpt/pdf.cover.back.pt"
  permission="zope2.View"
  />

Table of contents

To enable Table of contents provide an empty browser:page called @@pdf.toc:

<browser:page
  for="my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  name="pdf.toc"
  template="zpt/pdf.toc.pt"
  permission="zope2.View"
  />

Options

For PDF cover you’ll have to provide a named adapter like:

<adapter
  name="pdf.cover"
  for=" my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  provides="eea.converter.interfaces.IPDFOptionsMaker"
  factory=".adapters.CoverOptionsMaker" />

Same for PDF disclaimer:

<adapter
  name="pdf.disclaimer"
  for=" my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  provides="eea.converter.interfaces.IPDFOptionsMaker"
  factory=".adapters.DisclaimerOptionsMaker" />

Or for PDF back cover:

<adapter
  name="pdf.cover.back"
  for=" my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  provides="eea.converter.interfaces.IPDFOptionsMaker"
  factory=".adapters.BackCoverOptionsMaker" />

For PDF body you’ll have to provide a named adapter like:

<adapter
  name="pdf.body"
  for=" my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  provides="eea.converter.interfaces.IPDFOptionsMaker"
  factory=".adapters.BodyOptionsMaker" />

For global PDF options provide an unamed adapter like:

<adapter
  for=" my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  provides="eea.converter.interfaces.IPDFOptionsMaker"
  factory=".adapters.OptionsMaker" />

Also add custom print.css for your needs. See more at eea.pdf

Restrict access and async

In order to restrict access to /download.pdf you’ll have to provide a multi- adapter named pdf.support with a method called can_download like:

<browser:page
  name="pdf.support"
  for="zope.interface.Interface"
  class=".support.Support"
  permission="zope.Public"
  allowed_interface="eea.converter.interfaces.ISupport"
  />

Same for asynchronous download, define a method called async. See default implementation within eea.converter.browser.app.support or add an environment var called EEACONVERTER_ASYNC within your buildout.cfg:

[instance]
...
environment-vars =
  EEACONVERTER_ASYNC True

Content rules

This package uses Plone Content-rules to notify users by email when an asynchronous job is done. Thus 3 custom content-rules will be added within Plone > Site Setup > Content-rules

Warning

As these content-rules are triggered by an asynchronous job, while you customize the email template for these content-rules, please DO NOT USE OTHER string substitutions that the ones that start with $download_ as you’ll break the download chain. Also if you disable these content-rules the users will never know when the file is ready and what is the link where they can download the output document.

Export succeeded

Notify the person who requested a PDF/ePub export that the document successfully exported and provide a link to the downloadable file.

Export failed

Notify the person who requested a PDF/ePub export that the export failed.

Export failed (admin)

Notify admin that there were issues while exporting PDF/ePub

Content rules email string substitution

In order to be able to easily customize emails sent by this package the following custom email template string substitutions can be made

${download_came_from_url}

The absolute URL of the Plone object which is downloaded as PDF/ePub

${download_email}

Email address of the user that triggered the download as PDF/ePub action

${download_error}

Error traceback when download as PDF/ePub job fails

${download_from_email}

Site Admin email address customizable via Plone > Site Setup > Mail

${download_from_name}

Site Admin name customizable via Plone > Site Setup > Mail

${download_title}

Title of the Plone object which is downloaded as PDF/ePub

${download_url}

The absolute URL where the generated output PDF/ePub can be downloaded

${download_type}

Download type: PDF/ePub

Dependencies

Note

These are not hard dependencies. You can use all features of eea.converter or just the ones that you need.

  • ImageMagick (6.3.7+):

    yum install ImageMagick apt-get install imagemagick
    
  • wkhtmltopdf (0.12.1+):

Download and install

  • eea.pdf (optional for advanced PDF export)

  • eea.epub (optional for ePub export)

Source code

Latest source code (Zope 2 compatible):

Documentation

See the doc directory in this package.

The Initial Owner of the Original Code is European Environment Agency (EEA). All Rights Reserved.

The EEA Exhibit (the Original Code) is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

More details under docs/License.txt

Funding

EEA - European Environment Agency (EU)

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