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Topic: DATABASE / CGI ASP / JAVASCRIPT
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 86246
From: nando_es
Date: 4/15/2003 11:39 PM

Hi All,

I’m a new user in Adobe Acrobat 5.0. I’d like to carry out some task in Acrobat 5, and even the power of Acrobat is huge, I have doubts about it would be possible. I want to develop a brochure of my company’s products, in order to send it to our customers in CD-Rom or another media –up to here nothing odd-

Having heard much about the PDF form and the possibility to submit a form to a URL, we’d like to add an order application at the end of our brochure, or we might write this order form in a file apart. Anyway we need “to attach” to the PDF a database to make possible search for a product and price and put down the selection in the form. This database will have over one hundred records (100.000) and the amount size would be around 10 megabytes, although is not necessary to be a usual database. Here the first question:

- We have read that with Acrobat 5, you are able to open a database through ODBC (just in Windows), but we are looking for a method or system to write a database once and being able to read in both platforms Win and Mac. The database could be a plain text, html or another system –we don’t know- and it'll be in the same media where the pdf is. Are there any “database” or system we could use as database in both platforms and collect data from Acrobat?

After our customer have filled the form, we provide a “Submit” button to send the data to a URL. We have never work with CGI or ASP, but we wonder for a “very light easy manual” or example to write the CGI – our requirement will be truly easy.

- Can anyone lead us to the best options between CGI and ASP –our ISP has both-? It would be brilliant if someone can send us URLs for manuals and examples about it.

- What is the best way to exchange data, FDF, HTML or XML?

Finally, we aren’t sure if we use the submit button or we write the result in a plain text and send it as attached to a mailbox. We think we could develop this with “PDF JavaScript” but again we haven’t work with it, so of someone has a good manual of “PDF JavaScript” –something for dummies- please let us know.

Thanks in advance.
Fernando Molina


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