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Topic: FDF Active X tool
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 53240
From: tcady
Date: 5/29/2002 04:57 PM

Planet PDF tips talks about the FDF Active X tool in regards to making an FDF to submit data to a form from an HTML page, can I do the same with data from an SQL database (with out user input first)?
I mean, It is possible to populate form fields when the document is opened the first time using only ASP,SQL,FDF,VBScript - isn't it? I don't HAVE to write the code that gets the data from the database in CGI to make the FDF? This is the impression I got after reading the article on PDFPlanet - Developer/FDF & Forms/ Server Side Scripting/ "How to populate a PDF file’s form with data from a web server ".

Also, is there anyone in the forum, or that you know, that can write ASP to FDF to Forms code on the fly with out research? I am just wondering if there are truly any experts yet really...isn't this all pretty new, and not used terribly often still?
Just my own curiosity asking...

Also curious, do any of you know Postscript code and how to work with that with PDFs? How possible, limiting, hard, or better, etc is that than trying import data to Forms? I want to import data such as the Author, Approver, Date Created, from an SQL database when the PDF is opened. (I know this is in the Doc Info, we want it printed on the page). My Co. thinks I need to look into editing the postscript ?!?! and passing variables to it to get words printed on the page... I hear working with postscript gives unreliable results? What causes that? What are people typically trying to achieve when they work with the postscript?
An explaination to give my boss why this method is not the best (or even possible) for what we want to do would be lovely! - I have not been able to determine much in my research, I know nothing about PS code...

Thank You sooooo sooo much for your help!!

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