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Topic: Front End PDF Form to a Database
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 53457
From: george
Date: 5/29/2002 04:59 PM

> Can a PDF Form be used as a front end to an Access
> database or Excel Spreadsheet?

It's possible, but usually not the best approach. I'm curious to know why you want to use a PDF for this. Thanks!

> Is there a way to directly link field data to cells
> or fields in MS Access, Excel, or for that matter a
> SQL database?

To directly link, you'd need a custom plug-in, though I'm not aware of any that do this.

> Are there third party Vendors that provide the tools
> to easily provide links (hopefully without advanced
> programming skills).

If you do have some programming skills, you could use the new Forms API with Acrobat 4 and VB to directly access form fields, or you can use the poor man's approach (via FDF files) as demonstrated here: http://www.peakforms.com/projects/vb/fdf_db.zip This is really just a demo project to show how the ActiveX version of the FDF Toolkit can be used to parse an FDF, but you may find it useful.

George




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