[thelist] PDF thumbnails

Robert Vreeland vreeland at studioframework.com
Mon Jun 15 09:35:14 CDT 2009

Thanks, that was the direction I was leaning in.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Phil Turmel" <pturmel-webdev at turmel.org>
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Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: [thelist] PDF thumbnails

> Hi Robert,
> Robert Vreeland wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> Been a while since I've posted, but here we go.
>> I'm creating a jpeg thumbnail from an upload PDF using imagemagick and 
>> ghostscript on a Linux box with php 5.2.9
>> Single page PDFs convert with no problems. Some multi-page PDFs work; 
>> i.e. I get a thumbnail for every page, and some don't - 
>> imagemagick/ghostscript is see the PDF as a single page and created a 
>> garbled image. I know the conversion is failing on PDFs version 4 or less 
>> and created on a Mac. I've tried doing both with and without the brackets 
>> in the exec command
>> i.e. 'exec(convert filename[0] filename)'
>> I don't believe that is the issue. So my question(s) are
>> 1. Is it an issue with PDFs created on a Mac?
>> 2. Is it a PDF version issue?
>> 3. Anyone found a work around? I've run across a lot of post on the 
>> garbled image bit, and the consensus is to use Imagemagick with 
>> ghostscript (already doing) with the brackets (tried it).
>> Thanks in advance
>> Robert Vreeland
>> StudioFramework
> I've used pdftk, the PDF toolkit, to split PDFs by pages and perform
> various manipulations.  You might want to use it to extract page #1 from
> each PDF, and run just that through your existing process.
> HTH,
> Phil
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