keynote2pdf
Conversion of zipped Keynote presentations to PDF. Runs only on Mac with Keynote installed (or just returns an error in a callback)
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node-js-keynote2pdf

A node.js module which receives a zipped Keynote presentation (a path to a zip file), converts it to pdf (well, asks Keynote to convert it), and returns the pdf.

Two main points:

  1. Will work only on Mac OS,
  2. and only with Keynote installed

Tested with Mac OS X.9 Mavericks

Main Principles

This module is quite simple: Receives a .zip, returns a .pdf. It assumes the .zip is a keynote presentation. Here is the main flow:

  • Conversion:
    • Unzip the received file
    • Call an AppleScript to tell Keynote to export it to PDF
      • IMPORTANT: Conversion to PDF is done with the following parameters (these are opetionnal parameters expected by Keynote):
        • compression factor: 0.3 (we want the final pdf to be small
        • export style: IndividualSlides (one/page)
        • all stages: true (one slide/animation)
        • skipped slides: false (we don't want the skipped slides)
      • Current version does not allow changing these parameters. If you want something else, then fork this code (or just duplicate it, whatever), and change the kAPPLE_SCRIPT_TEMPLATE variable in node-js-keynote2pdf.
    • Send back the pdf in the callback
    • (all this being done asynchronously)
  • Cleanup of the files (.key package, result .pdf) every 5 minutes by default
  • The callback receives the regular (error, data) parameters (see below)

Important: Dependencies

Modules to install on your node server:

npm install node-uuid
npm install adm-zip
npm install applescript

API

  • configure(inConfig): inConfig is an object with the following, optionnal properties:

    • cleanup_timeout
      • Every cleanup_timeout ms, the module will delete previous files created by the conversions.
      • Default value: 300000 (5 minutes)
    • max_lifespan
      • (Milliseconds)
      • When you don't explicitely call canClean() after a succesful conversion, temporary files are not deleted. To avoid flooding the disk, files are deleted if they were created since more than max_lifespan.
      • You must think about specific and probably rare usecase where either Keynote is very loaded, or a very, very big presentation is being converted and the conversion takes a lot of time, so you want to avoid accidental removal of a temporary file that is infact used. One hour seams to be good.
      • Default value: 3600000 (one hour)
    • debug
      • More or less info messages in the console
      • Default value is false
  • getInfo() returns an object containing the configuration and other info:

    • config, with cleanup_timeout, max_lifespan, debug, ...(possibly others) properties
    • conversion_folder: The full path to the conversion folder
    • stats
      • conversions: The total count of calls to handleRequest
      • conversions_ok: The count of succesful requests (pdf was returned to the client)
  • convert(inZipFilePath, inCallback) is the main API

    • inZipFilePath is the full path to a .zip file containing the Keynote presentation
    • inCallback(inError, inData)
      • When there is no error:
        • inError is null
        • inData has the following properties:
          • uid: A unique (string) identifier, to easily identify misc. requests when several are handled concurrently
          • step: A string telling what is the current step (unzipping the file, converting, sending the pdf)
            • Possible values are "Unzipping the file", "Converting the file" and "Done"
            • Constants are provided: keynote2pdf.k.STEP_UNZIP, keynote2pdf.k.STEP_CONVERT and keynote2pdf.k.STEP_DONE
          • pdf: Full path to the pdf, result of the conversion. This property is null as long as step is not keynote2pdf.k.STEP_DONE
      • When an error occured:
        • inError is not null and its message field contains the description of the problem
        • ìnData` has the following properties:
          • uid: A unique (string) identifier, to easily identify misc. requests when several are handled concurrently
          • errorLabel: As its name states. Most of the time, it is the same as inError.message. Let's say it's here for future use.

Setup and Examples

  • Run only on Mac OS. Was developed under Mavericks (Mac OS X.9.n)

    • (if used on Windows/Linux, it just returns an error and does nothing)
  • Install Keynote on the Mac

  • (install nodejs)

  • Install the required external modules, if not yet installed on your server:

    npm install node-uuid
    npm install adm-zip
    npm install applescript
    
  • Well. Also install this module, npm install keynote2pdf

    • Actually, if you just need this module, you can install just it
  • See the kn2pdf-usage-example-01.js example to see how to use the module

Interesting Information

This module was developed as part of nuxeo-keynote, a plug-in for Nuxeo, which detects a zip file contains a Keynote presentation, then calls this nodejs server and handles the returned pdf (full text index and preview of the pdf in the browser)

(yes. It is interesting)

License

(C) Copyright 2014 Nuxeo SA (http://nuxeo.com/) and others.
 
Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person
obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation
files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without
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copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the
Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following
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The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be
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THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
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NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT
HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY,
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Contributors:
    Thibaud Arguillere (https://github.com/ThibArg)

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