How can I add Watermarks?

"I am running late for a meeting, how can I add watermarks?"

This tutorial will talk you through the following:

  • How to add watermarks
  • Default watermarks for the book
  • Watermarks and bibc.exe console tool

Let's get started

For this tutorial we have used the Step 7 files.

The key for adding the watermark to your documents is to deliver an extra background message to your audience; for instance DRAFT, or CONFIDENTIAL, or FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY, or one of the many in common usage today.  

Budget In Brief application makes it easy:

  1. Enter the watermark you need
  2. Select the document output format 
  3. Click on the Generate button 
  4. You are done! 

Figure 1

Open the document with the watermarks.

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Default Watermarks

Starting with version 1.4.699.388 (BETA). In addition to specifying a watermark manually, user can specify a default watermark for a book. 

Open the book "" file in the notepad and update the specified watermark parameter, in our example we use "Draft - Revision B" watermark.


<BookName="City of Dallas Texas Budget In Brief"
      Watermark="Draft - Revision B">
  <SectionName="Main Document Section"
           FooterPath="Templates\Footer - Page Numbers.docx">


When you are done editing the book file.

1. Open the "" file in the Budget In Brief application
2. Check that watermark is loaded

Figure 3

3. Click "Create Document" button.
4. Open the result document with the watermarks.

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Default Watermarks and Command Line Tool BIBC.EXE

The true benefit of the default watermarks opens when you use the Command Line Tool bibc.exe to generate you books. In this case you might specify the default value with revision specific or other related watermark text.

To continue with example we will assume a few things: 

  • first, that you have downloaded the "Budget In Brief application with Command Line Tools" and installed it in to the "C:\Tools\BudgetInBrief " folder; 
  • second that Step 7 tutorial located in the "S:\Step 7" folder.

Start command prompt and run the following command

C:\Tools\BudgetInBrief\bibc.exe "S:\Step 7" "S:\Step 7\"

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Go to the "S:\Step 7\Draft" folded

Open the result document with the watermarks

Thank you again

Big thank you to the City of Dallas Texas! You can find the original City of Dallas Texas - 2003 Budget In Brief document in the Originals folder, in our case it is "S:\Step 1\Originals". You may also visit the City of Dallas budget page at this URL:


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