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Hello,

I have a pdf file with which I wish to perform a mail merge and print the resulting document to a printer.  I am looking for the most efficient solution that will let me accomplish this for lets say 10,000 records in one shot.  Does anyone know of any software package that will allow me to do this or if there is a some sort of active X control that I can purchase which will accomplish the same task?  Any input would be much appreciated.

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The best solution for this job is DataLogics DL-100 or DL-1000 (http://www.datalogics.com/). This allows you to do real variable data printing (e.g. reflow of modified text).

The next best solution is to prepare your PDF file with form fields, and then use a merge tool to merge your database with the PDF file. You have several options:

Appligent's FDFMerge: http://www.appligent.com/products/applications/fdfmerge/fdfmerge.html
PDFEverywhere's PDFForm: http://www.pdfeverywhere.com/pdfform.html (this is in public beta - meaning free for now).

This page has a few more links to products that accomplish the same: http://www.pdfstore.com/category.asp?CtgID=4

Some of these tools require that your data is in FDF/XFDF format, others can accept the data straight out of a database.

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There are several packages that can perform a mail-merge on PDF files. However just merging PDF's will probably lead to a very long printing time or ripping time (the time to rasterize the PDF for printing), because every Instance is different and has to be processed separately.

The solution is to use a package that can produce PPML (Printing Markup Language) or Postscript extreme. These technologies enable printing and ripping devices that support this technology  to cache the static parts of your pages (they only process the variable parts).

You can find a whitepaper with a mapping of suitable technologies here
http://www.capv.com/eprise/main/Store/pdf/VDPcompendium.pdf

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DL-100/1000 can produce VDX (which is based on PPML). You need of course a VDX (or PPML) enabled RIP if you want to go this route. Another option is Printshop Mail: http://www.printshopmail.com/
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