Show PDF preview on the fly
Posted on 2010-09-08
Need some ideas on how best to accomplish my goal, we are a printing company and are trying to set up a site for our clients to be able to order business cards. We'd like to show them a template (.jpg or pdf for now) of what their card looks like with XXXXXX's where name, title, email, etc. appear. They would then be prompted to enter their information into cooresponding text boxes, hit a preview button and get a preview of what their businees card will look like. They'd then be able to approve it or change/preview again. We'd then like to be able to send the high res PDF directly to a hot folder where the printer is looking for it....thereby never needing a prepress person to touch it.
I've seen some HTML to PDF converters out there, but we can't seem to get a working version of a business card into HTML form. Also, tried XML with no luck. My prepress guys are working in InDesign to create the business card template and exporting to HTML. If you have any ideas, please let me know, I'd like to stay away from using CSS to place the text on the image because that won't result in a high res PDF for printing.