Hi, I have a customer who wants to generate adobe PDF files from Microsoft word .DOCX templates and mySQL data fields (kind of a mail-merge sorta thing) - The idea being that db fields are extracted then substituted for key text in the Word Template, the file is then saved as a Word doc and converted to PDF for printing as a good old fashioned letter.(exported as PDF so that the original word document cannot be edited).
Now then, I have found a commercial product (phpdocx) which allows me to do exactly this, great! I thought… However, the PDF conversion (it turns out) is done by basically installing a complete version of OpenOffice in a sub-folder of the website, and running OpenOffice in a “headless” state.
Is this something I’d even be allowed to do on a dreamhost shared server? (it seems to me like it’s probably going to have a much heavier impact than your average PHP script)
If I try to run Open Office in this fashion am I likely to run into trouble with Dreamhost techs? (I don’t want to down a server just trying to make a PDF!)