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Archive for January, 2014

PDF Download with Ephesoft using External Application Integration

by EVP and Co-Founder Pat Myers

POTY_medal-01I have heard several customer requests for Ephesoft to allow users to download or email a PDF from the review and validation screens. These requests have triggered an enhancement request that is planned for version 3.2 which is due out in late spring/early summer of 2014.

I’d like to answer the request to demonstrate how to extend out the functionality of Ephesoft by using the External Application Integration. External applications–custom web applications–can be exposed in the validation screen with some configuration. Ephesoft will create a one-time use token that can be used by the web application to verify that the request is coming from a trusted source. The web application will then be given the location of the batch instance information located in the Ephesoft system folder (the working folder) and the selected document ID.

For this example, a Spring web application was created to:

1. Validate the Ephesoft token
2. Parse the Batch XML file
3. Locate the selected document from the provided document ID
4. Create a PDF from the single page TIF files in the selected document
5. Create and display a URL to the user so they can download the file

The video shows you how it works.