Appending PDF pages that contain the same barcode value
This article discusses how to use BardecodeFiler to collate pages containing the same bar code value from various PDF documents.
For example, say you receive orders from customers and each order form contains a bar code that identified the customer with a unique code. You scan the order forms in random batches as they are received and want to create separate multi-page PDF documents that each belong to a single customer.
This is an ideal application for BardecodeFiler and the configuration is pretty easy. Assuming you are starting with default settings then here is what you need to do:
- Change the split mode at Options/Splitting/Mode to “Split at fixed intervals”
- In Options/Folders/Options tick “Append to pre-existing TIF and PDF files”
- Change the output name template in Options/Output Files/Name Template from “%VALUES_%SEQ3” to “%VALUES”. The important change hear is to remove the sequence number so we always generate the same output file name given the same bar code value (the sequence number guarantees that we create a unique file)
That’s it, the pages containing bar codes will be split up and collated into multi-page files containing the same bar code value and pages where the bar code cannot be read or don’t contain a bar code will be put into the exception folder.