How to convert PCL file to PDF file and overlay a PDF template as background?

Hi,

We are running a legacy software ( cobol ) which produces simply txt-files with a little bit of pcl-code for the printer control.
Up to now we are producing our pdfs in 3 steps.
1) we use pcl2pdf ( http://www.visual.co.uk/pcl2pdf.html ) to convert pcl to pdf.
2) we use pdfstamp ( http://www.adultpdf.com/products/pdfstamp/index.html ) to stamp an image to the pdf.
3) we use pdfmerge ( http://www.adultpdf.com/products/pdfstamp/index.html ) to attach other pdf.docs to the generated pdf from step 2.

The result is a PDF like the following, which is produced via the same pcl-file that I attached to this mail (551296-R01-2017-06-27_20-10-43.pcl).

We are looking for alternatives to this.

I just started with the trial-version of VeryPDF PCL converter.

A) I tried to convert an example-file ( see attached ) but unfortunately the pdf file doesn't convert german Umlaute ( i.e. ?, ? pcl2pdf does it )

B) I have to try the pcltool command-line version because I need the overlay feature.

I copied pcltool.exe and all dll's from then installation directory to another path and tried to convert like:

c:\d\VeryPdf\pcltool -templateatbottom -template "%CD%\Rechnung.pdf" c:\d\VeryPdf\551296-R01-2017-06-27_20-10-43.pcl c:\d\VeryPdf\TB551296-R01-2017-06-27_20-10-43.pdf

As expected, the file Rechnung.pdf is now underlying to all pages.

But I need the template only on the first page.
The combination of -templateatbottom -templatefirst doesn't work:

c:\d\VeryPdf\pcltool -templateatbottom -templatefirst "%CD%\Rechnung.pdf" c:\d\VeryPdf\551296-R01-2017-06-27_20-10-43.pcl c:\d\VeryPdf\TBF551296-R01-2017-06-27_20-10-43.pdf

The output file is produced but without the underlying Rechnung.pdf:

Would your product "VeryPdDF PDF stamp" be the better choice for this purpose?

Are there any solutions for my problems?

If the problems can be solved, I'm planning to buy the server-license.

Best regards
Customer
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Thanks for your sample files, yes, we have found above two problems in the current version of pcltool.exe application, we will research these problems and try to include a fix for them into the next version of our product. We will let you know after the new version is available. Thanks for your patience.

However, if these problems are urgent to you, we can provide a custom-build version of "PCL Converter Command Line" product to you at additional cost, we will try to solve these problems in this custom-build version within a few business days, if this solution will acceptable to you, please feel free to let us know, we will provide a quotation for the custom-build version to you shortly.

VeryPDF
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Thanks for your immediate reply and your suggestion concerning the custom-build version. Please provide a quote.
- the changes in that custom-build version will be found later in the next public version ?
- the combination of -templateatbottom and -templatefirst will work in this custom build ? remember that i only need to stamp the first page.
- a problem that I didn't mention up to now is: the pdf -file, I use as stamp fills the entire page, but in the output file, it's size is reduced ( or there is a margin )
- Would your product "VeryPdDF PDF stamp" be the better choice for this purpose or is it part of the command-line tool?
- may I also use graphic -files ( i.e. gif, jpg ) instead of pdf-file to stamp ?
- will the costs for the custom-build version reduce the costs for the server-licence ?

Customer
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>>- the changes in that custom-build version will be found later in the next public version?

Yes, the changes in the custom-build version will be included in public version also, so you can always enjoy these changes in the future versions.

>>- the combination of -templateatbottom -templatefirst will work in this custom build ? remember that i only need to stamp the first page.

Yes, sure, the combination of -templateatbottom and -templatefirst will work in the custom-build version.

>>- a problem that I didn't mention up to now is: the pdf -file, I use as stamp fills the entire page, but in the output file, it's size is reduced ( or there is a margin )

Do you mean the paper size are difference between original PDF file and generated PDF file?

>>- Would your product "VeryPdDF PDF stamp" be the better choice for this purpose or is it part of the command-line tool?

Yes, we have a PDFStamp Command Line software, you can download and test it from this web page,

http://www.verypdf.com/app/pdf-stamp/try-and-buy.html#buy-cmd
http://www.verypdf.com/pdfstamp/pdfstamp_cmd.zip

With PDFStamp Command Line software, you need stamp sentences to PDF pages one by one.

However, we have a pdftoolbox.exe software which contain PDF overlay function, please look at following web pages for more information,

http://www.verypdf.com/wordpress/201304/how-to-overlay-pdf-to-another-pdf-35885.html
http://www.verypdf.com/app/pdftoolbox/try-and-buy.html#buy

>>- may I also use graphic files ( i.e. gif, jpg ) instead of pdf-file to stamp ?

Yes, with PDFStamp Command Line software, you can use general image file to instead of PDF file as a stamper.

>>- will the costs for the custom-build version reduce the costs for the server-licence?

Sorry, the cost for the custom-build version is expensive than the server license, sorry for this matter.

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