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Topic: Automatically populating PDF form fields from HTML forms
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 74762
From: chicks
Date: 10/23/2002 04:34 AM

1. Get the activePDF Toolkit, use it to parse all your PDFs and extract the properties for each field (Left, Top, Height, Width, Alignment, FontName, FontSize, etc.) into XML or tab-delimited files, or into database tables. This needs to be done on a Windoze PC, can be accomplished with a simple vbscript or javascript using M$ wscript or cscript.

2. Use the iText java library to create a class, callable from your data collection servlet, that loads the correct PDF, then merges the values for each field with the XML properties file or tables you saved for that PDF, and writes them to the loaded PDF. Then save the overwritten PDF to your database.

Since iText doesn't recognize AcroForms or the fields in them when reading a PDF, your populated output PDF may actually be smaller than the original, unpopulated file.

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