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Topic: Re: FDF Active X tool
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 57056
From: LeonardR
Date: 5/29/2002 05:23 PM

At 2:28 AM -0500 12/26/00, p-pdf-developer Listmanager wrote:
>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)?


You would use SQL to get the data from the database and then
the FDFToolkit (or similiar) to generate the FDF file that can either
then be sent to the user (whose browser then merges it with the PDF)
or you can do server-side merging of the data into a PDF and then
just return the PDF.

>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?

Sure you do! How else do you get the data from the database
into the PDF, UNLESS you are using a 3rd party toolkit that can write
to PDF form fields BUT doesn't use FDF? Are you doing that?

>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?

Sure, a few of them!

> I am just wondering if there are truly any experts yet
>really...isn't this all pretty new, and not used terribly often
>Just my own curiosity asking...

It's used by LOTS of people ALL the time! It's been around
for a number of years(!) now and is used by numerous web sites, from
the government to small business.

>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).

If you want to add content to a PDF page, but in such a way
that isn't in a form field, you'll need to look at some 3rd party
products for running on your server such as StampPDFBatch

Leonard Rosenthol
Sr. Software Engineer (215) 922-3509 (voice)
Digital Applications (215) 440-0504 (fax)

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