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How to change PDF data?

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We are receiving PDF data from a non-sap source via web service. We would like to write additonal information on received PDF. Is it possible to change PDF data on SAP?

Best regards.


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You need to give far more information about what the PDF is, what format it is, what standard it is. If it's just a container of a photo, then you can't really do anything with it.

Generally, PDF is not a suitable format for data exchange.

Only PDF/A-3 (ISO 19005-3:2012) is suitable for transferring data between systems.

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Hello sbslmhmt

I don't think it is possible to manipulate PDF data purely in ABAP. I had a similar scenario in the vendor invoice management process - vendors emailed invoices as PDF attachments and a barcode had to be added to the incoming PDF file; the barcoded number itself was generated in SAP with a number range. We have ended up with an external Java program that accepted PDF file and a barcode number. The program added a PDF layer with the barcode. We used iText library to manipulate PDF files programmatically. The Java program was called with OS command defined in SM49.

Best regards

Dominik Tylczynski