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Topic: Re: Can I set fonts using Forms API library
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 56609
From: Deleted User
Date: 5/29/2002 05:20 PM

>Give up! Acrobat CANNOT DISPLAY form fields using any other fonts.
>So looking for an alternative method to get the fonts into the file
>as form fields must be doomed.
>There is one possibility if you don't need the user to actually type
>the form in the fonts, just to see the finished result as a
>non-editable PDF. I believe FDFMerge can merge FDF and PDF, and in
>the process map the built-in fonts to fonts of your choice. Well,
>that's what I heard. The business model for this software is that
>you buy a single copy for a server; unlike Acrobat it is licensed
>for server use.

With regard to FDFMerge; we call the process of stamping the form
data directly into the PDF page content, "Form Flattening".

The types of Form Flattening as as follows:

Total Form Flattening - Flatten the entire PDF document.

Partial Form Flattening - Selectively flatten individual form fields.

The benefits of Form Flattening include the following:

Draw text using any Adobe Postscript Type 1 font including Bar Code
and OCR fonts.

More difficult for the end user to change the resultant PDF document.

Flattened PDF files are much easier for server based applications to
post-process. For example: multiple filled-in PDF files can easily be
combined using our AppendPDF application.

Flattened PDF files do not require the Acrobat Forms plug-in to view
the form field data. So, the end user can be using any viewer which
can display PDF files including MacOS X, XPDF, GhostScript, DocAble,

Partial Form Flattening can be very useful; for example, in those
cases where you want to deliver a fillable form to the end user; but,
would like it tagged with a bar code.

The benefits of server based processing include the following:

Deliver a single, filled-in PDF file to the end user which can be
saved locally even if the end user only has Acrobat Reader.

Avoid the browser configuration nightmare.

Post process the PDF document on the server. For example, encrypt
the document before delivery to the end user using our SecurSign


Mark Gavin
Vice President, Software Development
Digital Applications, Inc.
60 South Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050
(610) 284-4006

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