I heard that you could use containers to import form data from a PDF to Filemaker. Does anyone exactly know how this is done?
360works Scribe offers the ability to read PDF form data into FileMaker:
360Works Scribe: FileMaker plug-in to read and write PDF, Word, Excel files
It also includes a number of useful functions, like re-populating a PDF form with data from your FileMaker database and saving the merged PDF. As well as interacting with Word and Excel files as well.
MonkeyBread plugin does it as well, but I think they charge separately for some of the PDF functions anyways.
The method we use is to Export the data from the pdf form to an XML file and then, using a XSL stylesheet import the data into fields in our Filemaker database. We do also import the pdf file into a Container field via the Insert File command. That way we do have the original if something comes up.
You can also select all the text in the PDF, copy and paste into FileMaker also.
The text can be very jumbled this way! The text can be jumbled in a different order depending on which application you copy the PDF from (e.g. Preview or Adobe Reader), and depending on which application created the PDF.
Productive Computing also have a plugin that can read and write to PDF forms:
PDF Manipulator DC Edition Plug-in for FileMaker Pro
Hi databuzz. I downloaded PDF Manipulator and its having issues communicating to its own plug-in that goes to Acrobat DC. The plug-in the goes to Filemaker works. I hope they can help.
I was hoping I didn't have to install a plug-in.
Thanks for the suggestion. I downloaded this plug-in and looking into it, reviewing the custom functions it added to see which one works for us.
I was hoping that i could just have a script that runs when I dump a PDF in a container and extracts all the data in that form, much like the export command that it shows 2 tables and you tell FM which data goes to which field.
MBS Plugin can read/write/create forms in FileMaker.
Our plugin comes with examples, see DynaPDF folder.
Also we can in 6.5 read XFA based forms.
Feel free to download our plugin and play with examples.
Look into the “OnObjectModify” script trigger. This would trigger a script to run automatically if the container field was changed.
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