I am working with a vendor supplied PDF document that has fillable fields.
Has anyone every used FileMaker to fill in an existing PDF document of this type?
If so, any insight you could provide would be great!
ScripMaster, iText and some codng
Depends on the underlying forms technology as to the approach.
Might be able to do ti with Scribe, only thats built on an old and unsupported library,
Works well, though its not trivial.
bookmark http://www.fmtopdf.com for some interesting answers in a few weeks..
John is an expert in the field, so I would go with his suggestion. The only alternative I can think about is AppleScript, if you are on a Mac.
Thanks Nicolai, that's a generous thing to say...
Are you able to post a sample??? or sent it directly?
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The PDF document is covered under a non disclosure so I can't provide it. I did see this post/video showing how to fill in a PDF, but I am not a member so I can't read it.
That video does show the principle, but only for one type of From
and I know Matt well but that code is also quite old, and using a version of the library which is not supported anymore..
We have talked about me possibly dating the behind the scenes stuff for that method aswell...
This will depend on the PDF, but you can import data into the PDF document in Adobe Reader. It will take an XML file as a source. You need to create an XSLT file to map the FileMaker fields into the correct destination. You export from FM with the XSLT and then import the resulting file into the PDF.
You can fill the form with MBS Plugin and DynaPDF.
DynaPDF.SetTextFieldValue and related SetField functions.
That is true, except where there is XFA form data in the file too...
I'm wondering if there have been any developments in this area. Where I work, we have adopted Adobe Livecycle forms (XFA, or PDF Version 1.7) as our standard. As someone who has been using 360Works' Scribe plugin for many years, I was very excited about this... until I tried it. As stated above, the Scribe plugin is using an older PDF library which doesn't support the XFA standard. Here is what I'd like to do:
1) We have a hosted database where multiple users can input data and run reports
2) When a specific record is "finalized", a user would be able to create a PDF form with the pertinent data from the database already filled out.
3) That PDF could then be "signed" using our new Adobe PDF workflow.
Here are some options:
1) I can create a layout that matches the form and export that to PDF. It's no longer a form, but it has the data. It can't be modified or signed.
2) I can use Scribe to load a template of the form into a global container field, then copy it, load it up with data, and save it using the Scribe plugin. The result is modifiable, but it is an older PDF format that doesn't support signing.
Neither of these leaves me with a signable PDF form. That is a problem.
I've done a lot of digging and have found ways where forms can be connected to databases via ODBC during creation, but none of that really helps me. Am I missing something? Are there any third party tools that allow you to fill out XFA forms?
I am learning to hate XFA. What a piece of overcomplicated crap.
Thanks for the help!
iText with ScriptMaster and write your own code.
Its not a trivial answer but it does work.. nor is it free
look at XFA Worker | iText
then you can talk to us about special FileMaker only pricing.
I use PDFtk - The PDF Toolkit on windows, it's free.
First i create a .fdf file with filemaker (from a calculated text field export to file)
then i export the pdf from a container field and use pdftk to fill the fields with this file and save to a new file. (with send event)
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