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Code samples for PDF Validator

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This product has been replaced by the Pdftools SDK.

PDF Validator lets you check single documents or an entire batch for conformance with the ISO PDF and PDF/A standards. Here you'll find some examples of how to integrate the code in your development.

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Check if document meets PDF/A-2b compliance

1// Create the validator
2using (PdfValidator validator = new PdfValidator())
3{
4    // Open input file
5    if (!validator.Open(inputPath, "", PDFCompliance.ePDFA2b))
6        throw new Exception(String.Format("Input file {0} cannot be opened. " + 
7            "{1} (ErrorCode: 0x{2:x}).", inputPath, validator.ErrorMessage, validator.ErrorCode));
8
9    // Stop validation when a conformance violation found
10    validator.StopOnError = true;
11
12    // Validate document
13    bool isCompliant = validator.Validate();
14
15    // Close input file
16    validator.Close();
17
18    // Print result
19    Console.WriteLine("Document is {0}compliant with the PDF/A-2b standard.",
20        isCompliant ? "" : "not ");
21}
22
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1// Create the validator
2validator = new PdfValidatorAPI();
3
4// Open input file
5if (!validator.open(inputPath, "", NativeLibrary.COMPLIANCE.ePDFA2b))
6    throw new IOException(String.format("Input file %s cannot be opened. %s (ErrorCode: 0x%08x).",
7        inputPath, validator.getErrorMessage(), validator.getErrorCode()));
8
9// Stop validation when a conformance violation found
10validator.setStopOnError(true);
11
12// Validate document
13boolean isCompliant = validator.validate();
14
15// Close input file
16validator.close();
17
18// Print result
19System.out.printf("Document is%s compliant with the PDF/A-2b standard.\n", 
20    isCompliant ? "" : " not");
21
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1// Create the validator
2pValidator = PdfValidatorCreateObject();
3
4// Open input file
5if (!PdfValidatorOpen(pValidator, szInputPath, _T(""), ePDFA2b))
6{
7    _tprintf(_T("Input file %s cannot be opened. %s (ErrorCode: 0x%08x).\n"), szInputPath, PdfValidatorGetErrorMessage(pValidator), PdfValidatorGetErrorCode(pValidator));
8    iReturnValue = 1;
9    goto cleanup;
10}
11
12// Stop validation when a conformance violation found
13PdfValidatorSetStopOnError(pValidator, 1);
14
15// Validate document
16bool isCompliant = PdfValidatorValidate(pValidator);
17
18// Close input file 
19PdfValidatorClose(pValidator);
20
21// Print result
22_tprintf(_T("Document is %scompliant with the PDF/A-2b standard.\n"), isCompliant ? "" : "not ");
23
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Quality Assurance

Check if document meets a specific compliance

1// Create the validator
2using (PdfValidator validator = new PdfValidator())
3{
4    // Open input file
5    if (!validator.Open(inputPath, "", complianceLevel))
6        throw new Exception(String.Format("Input file {0} cannot be opened. " + 
7            "{1} (ErrorCode: 0x{2:x}).", inputPath, validator.ErrorMessage, validator.ErrorCode));
8
9    // Validate document
10    // If true, the PDF is compliant to the specified compliance level.
11    // If false, the validation either aborted or the PDF is not compliant to 
12    // the specified compliance level.
13    if (!validator.Validate())
14    {
15        if (validator.ErrorCode == PDFErrorCode.PDF_E_CONFORMANCE)
16        {
17            Console.WriteLine("Document {0} is not {1} compliant.", inputPath, 
18                compliance);
19
20            // Print compliance violations
21            PdfError currError = validator.GetFirstError();
22            while (currError != null)
23            {
24                Console.WriteLine("Page: {0}, Object: {1}, {2}", currError.PageNo, 
25                    currError.ObjectNo, currError.Message);
26                currError = validator.GetNextError();
27            }
28        }
29        else
30            throw new Exception(String.Format("Validation of {0} was aborted. {1} " + 
31                "(ErrorCode: 0x{2:x}).", inputPath, validator.ErrorMessage, validator.ErrorCode));
32    }
33    else
34        Console.WriteLine("Document {0} is {1} compliant.", inputPath, compliance);
35
36    // Close input file
37    validator.Close();
38}
39
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1// Create the validator
2validator = new PdfValidatorAPI();
3
4// Open input file
5if (!validator.open(inputPath, "", complianceLevel))
6    throw new IOException(String.format("Input file %s cannot be opened. %s (ErrorCode: 0x%08x).", 
7        inputPath, validator.getErrorMessage(), validator.getErrorCode()));
8
9// Validate document
10// If true, the PDF is compliant to the specified compliance level.
11// If false, the validation either aborted or the PDF is not compliant to 
12// the specified compliance level.
13if (!validator.validate())       
14{
15    if (validator.getErrorCode() == NativeLibrary.ERRORCODE.PDF_E_CONFORMANCE)
16    {
17        System.out.printf("Document %s is not %s compliant.\n", inputPath, compliance);
18
19        // Print compliance violations
20        PdfError currError = validator.getFirstError();
21        while (currError != null)
22        {
23            System.out.printf("Page: %d, Object: %s, %s\n", currError.getPageNo(), 
24                currError.getObjectNo(), currError.getMessage());
25            currError = validator.getNextError();
26        }
27    }
28    else
29        throw new IOException(String.format("Validation of %s was aborted. %s (ErrorCode: 0x%08x).",
30            inputPath, validator.getErrorMessage(), validator.getErrorCode()));
31}
32else
33    System.out.printf("Document %s is %s compliant.\n", inputPath, compliance);
34
35// Close input file
36validator.close();
37
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1// Create the validator
2pValidator = PdfValidatorCreateObject();
3
4// Open input file
5if (!PdfValidatorOpen(pValidator, szInputPath, _T(""), iCompliance))
6{
7    _tprintf(_T("Input file %s cannot be opened. %s (ErrorCode: 0x%08x).\n"), szInputPath, PdfValidatorGetErrorMessage(pValidator), PdfValidatorGetErrorCode(pValidator));
8    iReturnValue = 1;
9    goto cleanup;
10}
11
12// Validate document
13// If true, the PDF is compliant to the specified compliance level.
14// If false, the validation either aborted or the PDF is not compliant to 
15// the specified compliance level.
16if (!PdfValidatorValidate(pValidator))
17{
18    if (PdfValidatorGetErrorCode(pValidator) == PDF_E_CONFORMANCE)
19    {
20        _tprintf(_T("Document %s is not %s compliant.\n"), szInputPath, szCompliance);
21
22        // Print compliance violations
23        pCurrError = PdfValidatorGetFirstError(pValidator);
24        while (pCurrError != NULL)
25        {
26            int nBufSize = PdfValidatorErrorGetMessage(pCurrError, NULL, 0);
27            TCHAR* szErrorBuff = malloc(nBufSize*sizeof(TCHAR));
28            PdfValidatorErrorGetMessage(pCurrError, szErrorBuff, nBufSize);
29            _tprintf(_T("Page: %d, Object: %d, %s\n"), PdfValidatorErrorGetPageNo(pCurrError), PdfValidatorErrorGetObjectNo(pCurrError), szErrorBuff);
30            pCurrError = PdfValidatorGetNextError(pValidator);
31            free(szErrorBuff);
32        }
33    }
34    else
35    {
36        _tprintf(_T("Validation of %s was aborted. %s (ErrorCode: 0x%08x).\n"), szInputPath, PdfValidatorGetErrorMessage(pValidator), PdfValidatorGetErrorCode(pValidator));
37    }
38}
39else
40{
41    _tprintf(_T("Document %s is %s compliant.\n"), szInputPath, szCompliance);
42}
43
44// Close input file 
45PdfValidatorClose(pValidator);
46
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Check if document satisfies custom profile

1// Create the validator
2using (PdfValidator validator = new PdfValidator())
3{
4    // Open input file
5    if (!validator.Open(inputPath, "", PDFCompliance.ePDFA2b))
6        throw new Exception(String.Format("Input file {0} cannot be opened. " + 
7            "{1} (ErrorCode: 0x{2:x}).", inputPath, validator.ErrorMessage, validator.ErrorCode));
8
9    // Set custom profile
10    if (!validator.SetProfile(profilePath))
11        throw new Exception(String.Format("Setting custom validation profile {0} failed. " + 
12            "{1} (ErrorCode: 0x{2:x}).", profilePath, validator.ErrorMessage, validator.ErrorCode));
13
14    // Validate document, i.e. check if document satisfies requirements specified in custom profile
15    bool isCompliant = validator.Validate();
16
17    // Close input file
18    validator.Close();
19
20    // Print result
21    Console.WriteLine("Document is {0}compliant to custom profile.", isCompliant ? "" : "not ");
22}
23
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1// Create the validator
2validator = new PdfValidatorAPI();
3
4// Open input file
5if (!validator.open(inputPath, "", NativeLibrary.COMPLIANCE.ePDFA2b))
6    throw new IOException(String.format("Input file %s cannot be opened. %s (ErrorCode: 0x%08x).",
7        inputPath, validator.getErrorMessage(), validator.getErrorCode()));
8
9// Set custom profile
10if (!validator.setProfile(profilePath))
11    throw new Exception(String.format("Setting custom validation profile %s failed. " + 
12        "%s (ErrorCode: 0x%08x).", profilePath, validator.getErrorMessage(), 
13        validator.getErrorCode()));
14
15// Validate document, i.e. check if document satisfies requirements specified in custom profile
16boolean isCompliant = validator.validate();
17
18// Close input file
19validator.close();   
20
21// Print result
22System.out.printf("Document is%s compliant to custom profile.\n", isCompliant ? "" : " not");
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1// Create the validator
2pValidator = PdfValidatorCreateObject();
3
4// Open input file
5if (!PdfValidatorOpen(pValidator, szInputPath, _T(""), ePDFA2b))
6{
7    _tprintf(_T("Input file %s cannot be opened. %s (ErrorCode: 0x%08x).\n"), szInputPath, PdfValidatorGetErrorMessage(pValidator), PdfValidatorGetErrorCode(pValidator));
8    iReturnValue = 1;
9    goto cleanup;
10}
11
12// Set custom profile
13if (!PdfValidatorSetProfile(pValidator, szProfilePath))
14{
15    _tprintf(_T("Setting custom validation profile %s failed. %s (ErrorCode: 0x%08x).\n"), szProfilePath, PdfValidatorGetErrorMessage(pValidator), PdfValidatorGetErrorCode(pValidator));
16    iReturnValue = 1;
17    goto cleanup;
18}
19
20// Validate document, i.e. check if document satisfies requirements specified in custom profile
21bool isCompliant = PdfValidatorValidate(pValidator);
22
23// Close input file 
24PdfValidatorClose(pValidator);
25
26// Print result
27_tprintf(_T("Document is %scompliant to custom profile.\n"), isCompliant ? "" : "not ");
28
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