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Is there any way to save edited pdf in server in pdf embed API

New Here ,
Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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I am currently working on a Learning Management System and I have to attach this Embed API to my application based on PHP Core, but instead of downloading the pdf I want it to be saved on my server and not on the client's computer, is there any way to do it?

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Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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Yes, that should be possible. Please refer to the public facing Embed APIs documentation for Save API here.

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Feb 08, 2021 Feb 08, 2021

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I've posted a functioning example on CodePen.

The functional part of the code is below. The content parameter is the PDF as a ByteArray. Convert the ByteArray into a Blob then add it to the FormData as you would any other file, then simply POST it to your server. The PHP side looks just like you uploaded a file.

To run the demo, go to the CodePen, add a comment, then Save the file. The file will get sent to my server and then zipped; this is just to make it clear that the normal save function was replaced. You'll see the UI change to a message that will let you download the zipped file. Open the zip and you should see your commented PDF.

adobeDCView.registerCallback(
    AdobeDC.View.Enum.CallbackType.SAVE_API,
    function (metaData, content, options) {
        var uint8Array = new Uint8Array(content);
        var blob = new Blob([uint8Array], { type: 'application/pdf' });
        formData = new FormData();
        var pdfFilename = urlToPDF.split("/").slice(-1)[0];
        pdfFilename = pdfFilename.split(".")[0] + "-" + uuidv4() + ".pdf";
        formData.append('pdfFile', blob, pdfFilename);

        var zipFileName = pdfFilename.replace(".pdf", ".zip");

        fetch("https://practicalpdf.com/code-pens/reflect/", {
            method: 'POST',
            body: formData,
        })
            .then(
                function (response) {
                    if (response.status == 200) {
                        updateSaveUI(zipFileName);
                    }
                }
            )

        return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
            resolve({
                code: AdobeDC.View.Enum.ApiResponseCode.SUCCESS,
                data: {
                    metaData: { fileName: urlToPDF.split("/").slice(-1)[0] }
                }
            });
        });
    },
    saveOptions
);

  

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New Here ,
Aug 17, 2021 Aug 17, 2021

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@Joel_Geraci Excellent example, you almost solved my problem. I am a teacher and I want to use this method to collect student work back to my server. However I need a little more help. This code did not work when I used my server URL and figured out I may need a PHP code or something like that. I have no idea about PHP and whatever I tried did not work...Can you please guide or point me in the right direction...Sorry, I might have uploaded some student worksheets to your server while trying 🙂

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 17, 2022 Feb 17, 2022

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 Hello Joel_Geraci,

 

I followed your instructions to create a preview of a pdf with the possibility of inserting annotations.
Everything works fine.
How I can save these annotations to the database.


Can you help me, please?


Thank you

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Feb 17, 2022 Feb 17, 2022

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Do you want to save just the annotations to a database or the entire new PDF with the annotations to a database?

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 30, 2022 Mar 30, 2022

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 Hello Joel_Geraci,

i need to save the  entire new PDF with the annotations to a database. Is it possible?

Thanks 

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