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Imports all pages from a file.

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DynaPDF 3.0 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
MBS( "DynaPDF.ImportPDFFile"; PDF { ; DestPage; ScaleX; ScaleY } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
PDF The PDF reference returned from DynaPDF.New. $pdf
DestPage The first number of the first imported page.
Use this to insert pages at some position in new PDF.
Default is 1.
You may also just pass DynaPDF.GetPageCount+1 to append.
1 Optional
ScaleX Available in MBS FileMaker Plugin 13.0 or newer.
The scale factor for x coordinate.
Default is 1.0.
1.0 Optional
ScaleY Available in MBS FileMaker Plugin 13.0 or newer.
The scale factor for y coordinate.
Default is 1.0.
1.0 Optional


Returns error message or last page number.


Imports all pages from a file.
The function imports an external PDF file including interactive objects such as annotations, bookmarks, form fields, and so on. DynaPDF supports a large set of flags to enable import of required objects only. Unwanted objects can be removed by the function if necessary.
The parameter DestPage specifies the destination page on which the new pages will be inserted or added if the pages already exist. It is possible to import multiple PDF files on the same or overlapping destination page.

If the function succeeds the return value is the last page number that was touched. For example, if the document in memory contains already 20 pages, and if we import a PDF file with 23 pages, and if the destination page is 21 the return value should be 43 because this is the last page that was invoked during import.
If the function fails the return value is a negative error code.

To open the import PDF, please use DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromFile or DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromContainer.

See also ImportPDFFile function in DynaPDF manual.


Imports all pages from import PDF and put in current PDF starting at page 5

$r = MBS( "DynaPDF.ImportPDFFile"; $PDF; 5 )

Load PDF and extract text of page 2:

# initialize DynaPDF before running this:
Set Variable [$pdf; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.New")]
# load PDF from container
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromContainer";$pdf; Test::data)]
# import all pages
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.ImportPDFFile";$pdf)]
# extra text of page 2
Set Field [Test::PageText; MBS("DynaPDF.ExtractPageText"; $pdf; 2)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.Release"; $pdf)]

Import and Export PDF:

# Start new PDF
Set Variable [$pdf; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.New")]
# set import flags
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS( "DynaPDF.SetImportFlags"; $pdf; "ImportAll ImportAsPage PrepareForPDFA" )]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS( "DynaPDF.SetImportFlags2"; $pdf; "DuplicateCheck" )]
# Import PDF from container
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromContainer"; $pdf; MyTable::InputPDF)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.ImportPDFFile"; $pdf; 1)]
# Save back
Set Field [MyTable::OutputPDF; MBS("DynaPDF.Save"; $pdf; "Merged.pdf")]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.Release"; $pdf)]

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Created 18th August 2014, last changed 9th December 2022

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