PDFTron to view PDF native documents

The end of Meridian Power-User (Windows Client) and the migration to HTML5 browsers will have some effect regarding the way we are working in Meridian. One of the main issue concerns document viewing and redlining as AutoVue will no longer work with Meridian.

The workaround consists to generalize PDF renditions and work with PDFTron. We will then need to generate a PDF rendition file for each document to maintain viewing and redlining features.

The publisher module can to do the job, even if the configuration needs accurate tuning.

I would like to raise the following issue:

* One of my Customers is currently managing up to 115 000 documents (and 100 000 more to come).
* About 80% (90 000) of those documents are PDF files (mostly created from paper documents and quite heavy)
* If we want to make those files available for viewing and redlining, we must create a rendition version of each document.
* At the end, 90 000 pdf files will be duplicated to create the rendition versions!
(I understand that the duplication is necessary for those how are using post-rendering features like watermarks or e-signatures)

The question is: Would it be possible to display the PDF native documents with PDFTron to avoid having to duplicate those files?

By example, the behavior could be as follow in the Power client: If the rendition file doesn't exist and the native file is a PDF document, Meridian could display a message like "Rendition not available. Do you want to display the native PDF document?".
(with an option to hide the message of course).

And for the Explorer Client, it should be possible to have an option at the view definition level to authorize the display of a native PDF file when the rendition is not available.
  • Pierre Riegert
  • Mar 19 2019
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    Rudi Pieters commented
    19 Feb, 2020 08:45am

    Shipped with Meridian 2020

  • Daryle Tilroe commented
    12 Nov, 2019 02:21pm

    Thanks for the update Rudi, this is indeed good news.  However can you also comment on https://bluecielo.ideas.aha.io/ideas/MER-I-338.  It is almost the same issue and annoyance; having it fixed at the same time would greatly improve our user experience and lower frustration/training.


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    Rudi Pieters commented
    11 Nov, 2019 08:38am

    In Meridian 2020 the user will be able to view native PDFs with PDFTron.

  • Daryle Tilroe commented
    14 Aug, 2019 08:53pm

    Is there any update on this?

  • Daryle Tilroe commented
    19 Jul, 2019 05:08pm

    I just wanted to bump this thread and say I wish I could vote 5 times for getting this fixed.  Also I would encourage anyone who voted for it to look at this closely related bug:  https://bluecielo.ideas.aha.io/ideas/MER-I-338

    Basically when the native content is already a PDF it should behave consistently everywhere exactly like a rendition.

  • Chris Tsangarides commented
    25 Mar, 2019 05:35pm

    Legacy ID: MER-I-148

    Idea created at: 2018-Sep-10

    Referenced customer:


    Coen Vromans Sep 19, 2018 Alternatively we could register the PDF document as the PDF rendition. This option is already available in Meridian Portal and it would be good to unify this way of working across all apps. We should also take into account a scenario where a native PDF needs to be rendered with electronic markup. Again this scenario is already available in Meridian Portal within a Review Package. No need to reinvent the wheel here.

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