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Topic: Complex database report using mutiple forms
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 69285
From: weathem
Date: 7/25/2002 07:46 AM

I've been searching websites and forums for a few days and still have not found a good solution to my problem. I'm new to PDF, and would really appreciate any guidance you might have.

Here's my situation: We have full version of Acrobat 5, and all 400 users have only Reader. Management does not want to install the Approval module on all 400 PC. We run NT4 with IIS, and have IE 5.5 as browser, and all users have the same standard desktop config.

Here's my problem: I'm converting an Access application to be web based. The app has a pretty complex report based on a query result. The first page is one format, and we must place as many records as will fit on that page. The remaining records go on any number of continuation pages, which is a different form than the first page.

I've looked at the FDF toolkit, and it seems to be ok using a template. But my understanding is that Reader can not handle a PDF created with a template.

FDF also seems to work fine for one form per PDF. Am I missing something there? Can you have any number of forms populated from a database within the same PDF? Do I need to create a seperate PDF for each page and then merge them ? Seems like a nightmare to keep up with 400 users creating documents from 1 to 100 pages long.

I'm now looking into at a plug in (ActivePDF) to see if it does the job. Anyone have any experience with it?

I need to find out if I'm running down a dead-end with this, or if it can work out. Word and Excel templates are another possibility, but I'd rather get them into the PDF world here. I have about a month left to develop my entire web project, and am running out of time to get the print part working.

Any guidance would be appreciated.


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