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Using access data to fill in pdf forms

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I have several forms stored in pdf format. Instead of scanning these
forms and using them in reports, I would like to create a background in
an access report to place the fields but have it actually print out
onto the pdf form file. The form loses resolution if scanned and used
in an access report.
Thank you in advance for your help.

Michelle Marie

Nov 13 '05 #1
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If you have Adobe Acrobat installed on your workstation, you can use
the Adobe Acrobat SDK to populate PDF forms.

http://partners.adobe.com/public/dev...sdk/index.html

However, if you don't have Acrobat, you can still manipulate PDF files
using pdftk, the PDF toolkit, available at http://www.accesspdf.com

pdftk is a command-line tool that includes a switch for filling out PDF
forms with FDF files. See:

http://www.accesspdf.com/article.php/20041129165718588
(scroll down to "fill_form")

Example command:
pdftk form.pdf fill_form data.fdf output form.filled.pdf

Using Visual Basic, you could export the database data to a FDF file,
then use a Shell() function to run pdftk.

But how to create FDF data? Again, if you have Acrobat, Adobe provides
an ActiveX Toolkit for manipulating FDF data:

http://www.planetpdf.com/mainpage.asp?WebPageID=338

Or you can implement your own custom VB function that creates FDF data,
based on this PHP code:

http://www.pdfhacks.com/forge_fdf/

However, I have experience with neither, so from here on out you're on
your own. Have phun!

Nov 13 '05 #2

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On 3 Feb 2005 02:46:28 -0800, "Michelle Marie" <kp*******@comcast.net>
wrote:
I have several forms stored in pdf format. Instead of scanning these
forms and using them in reports, I would like to create a background in
an access report to place the fields but have it actually print out
onto the pdf form file. The form loses resolution if scanned and used
in an access report.
Thank you in advance for your help.

Michelle Marie

Hi
What do you want as the final output? A modified version of your PDF
form? Or an Access report output in PDF format? Or an Access report
which just looks like your PDF form with fields filled in?
David

Nov 13 '05 #3

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