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Oracle® Fusion Middleware Report Designer's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher
11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

Part Number E22254-03
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F PDF Version Support

This chapter describes BI Publisher's support for PDF specification 1.7 in its processing utilities.

It contains the following sections:

F.1 About PDF Version Support

In versions of BI Publisher earlier than 11.1.1.7, the PDF utilities required that all PDF input documents be PDF version 1.4. Starting with the 11.1.1.7 release, users can pass PDF documents of later versions to the BI Publisher PDF utilities.

BI Publisher generates the output PDF version based on the input PDF version as follows:

Note:

The version specification here is referred to as "PDF 1.7," however, there are very few differences between PDF 1.7 and ISO 32000-1. Therefore BI Publisher's support for PDF 1.7 can also be considered as support for ISO 32000-1.

For more information about these standards, see the Adobe website at

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/pdf/pdf_reference.html

and the International Organization for Standardization website at

http://www.iso.org/iso/home.html.

F.2 Supported Utilities

The BI Publisher utilities that support PDF 1.7 are:

F.3 Limitations

This section describes the limitations of BI Publisher's support for the PDF 1.7 standard. It includes the following topics:

F.3.1 Limitations That Apply to All PDF Utilities

Limitations that apply to all the BI Publisher PDF utilities are:

  • Secured PDF documents cannot be used as input to any BI Publisher PDF utility.

  • PDF documents generated by BI Publisher do not support most accessibility features.

  • Unicode passwords are not supported.

  • PDF utilities may not work properly with input PDFs that contain 3-D artwork and input PDF documents formatted as a presentation (slideshow).

F.3.2 FormProcessor Limitations

Limitations that apply to the FormProcessor utility are:

  • XFA Forms (Adobe's XML Forms Architecture) is not supported.

  • Portable collection (portfolio) is not supported.

  • Tagged PDF documents will lose tags after processing.

F.3.3 PDFDocMerger and PDFBookBinder Limitations

Limitations that apply to the PDFDocMerger and PDFBookBinder utilities are:

  • The output PDF document version is determined based on the first input PDF document.

  • XFA Forms (Adobe's XML Forms Architecture) is not supported.

  • Portable collection (portfolio) is not supported.

  • Tagged PDF documents will lose tags after merging.

  • The following objects are preserved in the output, but the navigation panel shows only objects contained in the first input PDF document.

    • Bookmark

    • Attachment

    • Layer

    • Print characteristics (such as paper selection, handling, page range, copies, and scaling)

F.3.4 PDFSignature Limitations

Limitations that apply to the PDFSignature utility are:

  • Object signature is not supported.

  • Selective encryption of embedded files is not supported.

  • AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) is not supported.

  • PDFSignature may not work correctly with the digital signature constraints and certificate constraints described in Section 1.2.5 of the PDF 1.7 specification. For more information about the PDF 1.7 specification, see the Adobe website at

    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/pdf/pdf_reference.html