I had a 1 + 1 = 2 moment the other day. I was fooling around with the ColdFusion’s ability to turn Word docs into PDFs. At first glance it’s pretty simple and straightforward:
Word to PDF is nice to have, but as features go, it’s a pretty small bullet point. Don’t get me wrong, you get fidelity to the original, including fonts, layouts, and images. But it’s still just converting a Word document to a PDF.
That is until you remember that you can pull content out of PDFs now in ColdFusion 9. So now you can do this:
This will yield you the content of the original Word document. Now that’s cool.