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Detach multiple attachments to one pdf from Lotus Notes mail

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We have a mainframe job that attaches multiple text files to an email.  All the file attachments end up having the same name.  I've already checked with the tech support team and they are unable to uniquely name the files.  I'm trying to save the files to a folder but a mass save causes 'rewrite' messages since all the files have the same name.  This means that I have to save each one manually.  This becomes tedious when there can be hundreds of files in one email.

I know that Acrobat has a way to combine multiple files into one .pdf.

Is there a way to to group the attachments from the email to one .pdf?  Any other ideas?

Thanks for the help,
je
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These attachments internally have different names. If you write your own code to detach them, there should be no problem. For instance, you could create one directory for all attachments in a file, and then you open them one by one.
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I'm not a Lotus Notes developer.  I do use VB for MS Access applications -- but do not have a Lotus Notes developer license.

Where/how would I write the code and how can I determine what the internal name is for each file?

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je
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Ah, right... You could even automate the job on the Domino-side completely, like this
- the mail is sent to a special account
- which means that it is received in a separate database
- upon reception, the mail is picked up by an agent and processed
That's probably a bit too sophisticated.

But you have to develop this using a Domino Designer. That Designer is a free application, you can download it from the IBM site (requires registration). Or you ask a developer to do it for you...
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Thanks --

I'll look into Domino Designer.  

I've managed to open the document properties in Lotus Notes and have the internal ID displayed for each file.  I can now save the files to a folder.  Only problem now is that the ID is added at the end of the file name so that the system does not recognize it as a text file.  So I need to figure out a way to rename the files -- maybe a batch file will do it.

Filename: "DSN Report.txt" ---> with LN ID is "DSN Report.txt.001"

je
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Did you do some programming? If so, you can easily modify the code, to produce correct file names.
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