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Topic: Filling a form and outputting to webpage in ASP
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 160621
From: genki
Date: 6/11/2007 10:33 PM


I am building a web application in VB in ASP.NET2, and as part of the functionality, I would like to generate a custom pdf and show it in a new browser window. I have a pdf form made already, and want to fill the form in, then show it.

I've referenced Acrobat.dll in my code, and have the pdf form on the server. My VB code looks like this:

Dim url As String, pdftermsheet As String
url = Request.PhysicalApplicationPath + "termsheet.pdf"
Dim PDDoc As New Acrobat.AcroPDDoc
'fill the form in
pdftermsheet = url & "termsheet " & Session.SessionID & ".pdf"
PDDoc.Save(&H1, pdftermsheet)

Works so far - it opens the pdf file, saves it with a unique ID (based on the session id - so that there are no clashes on the server if two users try to access at the same time), then displays in the web browser.

Two problems though:
- what code would I use to actually fill the form in - for example, I have a read-only Text field with a binding name "fish" and I want to replace its contents with "chips"
- is there a neater way of sending the amended file to a browser window than saving the file and then redirecting to it ?
- if not, how do I delete the extra file from the server after displaying it, so the server doesn't fill up (probably more of an ASP forum qn)



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