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Dynamic FlashPaper

I was recently trying to create a document collaboration tool for one of my clients. In order to make it a bit easier for the user, I decided I would use FlashPaper to display the uploaded documents they are discussing. It took a couple of hours to figure it out but its pretty simple in the end.

First, you have to have the FlashPaperConnect .dll. Contribute 3, and some other products comes with the FlashPaperConnect .dll that makes it all possible. Contribute also registers the dll on your system, so all you do is CFOBJECT the FlashPaperConnect2.object.2 component.

Like so:

<cfobject type="com" name="FlashPaper" class="FlashPaperConnect2.object.2" action="create">

The method you need to call is BeginConversion(). Its arguments are the source file, destination file; include outline; paper size; and something else. I”m still looking for documentation on this and if it violates the EULA. But until then…

<cfset FlashPaper.BeginConversion(''c:\temp\doc1.doc'',''c:\temp\doc1.swf'',0,210,297)

This seems to work.

Good luck.

About Rob Rusher

In his role as Principal Consultant for On3, Rob leads an software development practice to help his clients build rich Internet applications for the desktop, browser, and mobile devices, and to rapidly increase their knowledge and skills to better support their organization's goals. Rob is an Adobe Certified Expert, Community Professional, and Certified Instructor. He has taught and mentored the technical teams at HP, Overstock, Paychex, SAS, the FedEx, and other Government and Fortune 100 organizations. Rob has co-authored four best-selling books on building secure, cutting-edge and rapidly developed applications using Adobe AIR, ColdFusion and Flex. He is very active in organizing and speaking at RIA, Adobe LiveCycle, mobile conferences, and user groups. In addition to growing his software consulting practice, On3, Rob has been building expertise in rich client application development on a wider variety of devices and platforms that extend the applications to change the way we all create and live.