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Javascript convert image format to .pdf

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Does anyone have example javascript code to convert image files to .pdf; example image format files are JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIFF?  An example of the use case is employee expense reimbursement.  An employee digitizes their cash receipts; scenario A - captures an image of a cab ride receipt with his/her cell phone and scenario B - scans a hotel invoice with a mobile personal scanner.  The employee attaches two image format files to an e-mail requesting reimbursement.  The corporate accounts payable associate uses a workstation desktop image to pdf conversion utility to compile both images into a single .PDF file.   The single .PDF file is later uploaded into a Document Imaging Software.
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Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 500 total points
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The answer is it depends.

If you are talking about Javascript when it runs on the client (browser) you will not be able to do the conversion stand alone.

You will need to have something on your server that does the conversion or you send the image to a 3rd party api that does the conversion for you and use the api to both upload then download.  

If you are talking about javascript that runs server side such as node, then you can use software like http://pdfkit.org/

On my sites, I use http://www.imagemagick.org and that can be used to convert using the command line http://www.imagemagick.org/script/command-line-processing.php convert image.jpg image.pdf

I believe just about all server side languages let you run at the command line via scripting.  I use both asp and php and works perfect.
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by:Kim Walker
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I'm not sure this is doable in the scenario you've outlined. There is no point at which javascript can intervene when the images are attached to an email. You may need to look into a server-side solution that would retrieve the email and process the images into a PDF, then forward the PDF to the reimbursement personnel.
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by:jrbledsoe001
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Scott,  Thank you so much for responding to my post!  This is great information and right in line with my question.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Sorry I missed this one when it came in (don't know how that happened), but my answer would have been similar to the one in your other question:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28964547/Powershell-to-convert-image-files-to-pdf.html

Once again, good luck on the project! Regards, Joe
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