Here are two options. Type the contents of the form on a FileMaker layout and add the fields to the layout. Copy the PDF onto a blank layout and then put the fields on top of the form.
Agreed. I do this often and it's easy. The fields can be inserted so there is no distortion of the original PDF.
Really appreciate the advice
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A more complex methdo is to export from FileMaker and import into the PDF file. This requires an XSLT styleshert that will map the FileMaker data into the format that the PDF requires.
David, are you referencing Adobe LiveCycle? If so, the PDF form must be designed to accept the XDP XML. But it is a viable option.
I've solved same problem with "Scribe" a best Plug-In from 360works. It read and write from and to PDF/DOC/XLS.
I second the use of Scribe from 360works. It does an awesome job of filling in PDFs and Word docs.
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Making layouts makes sense for smaller numbers of documents, and fairly static documents. With Scribe, though, we've created document template records with mapping records, where a user can actually add new documents, or update others, as they need them.