Inserting Watermarks into PDFs via Batch Processing
Batch processing has been around since the days of punch cards and makes working with non-interactive tasks not only consistent, but also less resource-intensive.
To assist companies that deal with large amounts of PDF files, Foxit has released PDF Toolkit. This collection of easy-to-use command line tools helps you develop workflows for large quantities of PDF files in server environments and save resources and processing power used up by cumbersome graphical interfaces.
The suite of modules includes:
- Microsoft Office to PDF Converter
- Image to PDF Converter
- Headers and Footers
- PDF Optimizer
- RMS PDF Protection Tool
Let’s take a closer look at how the Watermarks module works and why you’d use it.
PDF Watermark is an easy-to-use command line tool for you to addonto your PDF files via processing. For example, if you needed to add your logo to a collection of PDF documents that you’re sharing with the public, or label PDF documents with their current status as draft, final or confidential, this module would automate the job for you.
The process is quite simple. Open the PDF Watermark Configuration Tool, which is an executable file that provides you with a graphical interface to work in. Choose the source image (or text you’ll use). Modify the appearance of the watermark. Set the page position for the watermark and set the page range where the watermark will appear. You then save the watermark as an XML.
To add the watermark to the PDF documents using the Foxit Toolkit, you’ll add the required arguments to the appropriate command line syntax along with any optional arguments you may choose to apply to the task. The best part is, it’s very easy. To see just how easy, refer to page 12 of the Foxit PDF Toolkit User Manual.
Features of PDF Watermark
The PDF Watermark module supports both text and imagethat you set and preview using the configuration tool. The appearance settings you have control over when working with text-based watermarks are:
- Font style
- Font size
- Font color
For images, you can add any of the following file types as a watermark:
- JPE, JPG or JPEG
- TIF or TIFF
You also have the opportunity to set opacity for both text and image watermarks and a scale relative to the target page. Watermark visibility when printing documents and viewing on a screen is also under your control.
The tool even allows you to maintain the watermark position and size across documents of varying page sizes.
Using the Foxit PDF Toolkit Watermark module saves you time when dealing with large quantities of PDF files while ensuring a consistent look across them—and a consistent “seal of approval” of your choosing.