Merging Pdf’s in Rails application

Alright, I had a lot of fun today trying to figure out how to merge pdf’s in our Rails application.

We are using pdfkit to create our pdf’s.  What I needed to do was to take several pdf’s and merge them into one large pdf.  Frankly I did not think it was even possible.  I found several Ruby gems that were supposed to do the job but everyone I tried was just another PITA dead end.

After getting pointed in the right direction by @m3talsmith, I ended up solving my issue the old school way.  So, if you have done this before with Ruby gems stick with it.  If not, here we go…

I first started with an empty array for pdfs.  Then I went thru a couple of processes to add all the pdfs to the pdfs array.

After that, comes the old school.  Using Ghostscript (gs) we joined…

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Detecting Mobile Browser via Gem

Step 1: Install the gem ‘browser’

gem install browser

Step 2: Add it to Gemfile or environment.rb

gem "browser"         #=> Rails 3
config.gem "browser"  #=> Rails 2

Step 3: Implement

require "browser"        # readable browser name
browser.ie6?        # this goes up to 9
browser.capable?    # supports some CSS 3
browser.platform    # return :mac, :windows, :linux or :other
browser.meta        # an array with several attributes
browser.to_s        # the meta info joined by space


<% if browser.ie6? %>
  <p>You're running an older IE version. Please update it!</p>
<% end %>