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Topic: Re: libraries for pdf text manipulation
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 57640
From: prodok
Date: 5/29/2002 05:27 PM

I know about two libraries which can read PDFs: pdflib by Thomas Merz
(http://wwww.pdflib.com) and SPDF Library by Appligent
(http://www.appligent.com).

However, as you want to work with forms, why not simply use the forms
functionality. This would be simpler, and there are way more
possibilities around than fiddling with the PDF itself. If you want
some kind of server-based application (which might be a good idea
anyway), you might then look at FDFMerge by Appligent.

Hope, this can help.


Max Wyss
PRODOK Engineering
Low Paper workflows, Smart documents, PDF forms
CH-8906 Bonstetten, Switzerland

Fax: +41 1 700 20 37
e-mail: mailto:max@prodok.com
http://www.prodok.com



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>I have looked around a bit but haven't been able to
>find something that will take an existing pdf,
>extract and change text from the pdf and then resave
>it. I would prefer perl, but just about anything
>would be appreciated.
>
>Eventually what I would like to do is fill in forms
>with variables (like $name), then have a cgi that
>allows for user inputted values, which would be
>swapped into the pdf. Sort of hard the way stuff
>seems to be packed and the like.
>

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