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Hello All,

Our development environment is Visual C#.NET and we develop applications
based on client/server model. We have installed Adobe's SDK, Acrobat
Professional 7.0 and Adobe Designer 7.0

Some of our requirements are

1) To create PDF templates, pre-fill them with data and send them across
client browsers

2) To capture form data which users have submitted using the PDF form for
process workflow.

Initially I thought that I could use Acrobat SDK for this purpose. But the
API's they offer are overwhelming and confusing. Even after several days of
research, I am still at the same point confused more.

My question is can we use FDF toolkit for our requirements? Does Acrobat
Professional 7.0 include the Form Server or is it a separate component that
we need to buy or does it come included with FDF toolkit?

I would like to know what we can do and what we cannot do with it? Can
anyone please highlight me the features of FDF toolkit?

Thanks in advance!!
Nov 19 '05 #1
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I would recommend using a third-party component to handle a lot of the PDF
functions. There are plenty of them out there that can do a lot of the
things you want except they use managed code, which makes life a lot easier.
That would make it a lot easier to work with from a .Net environment.
Otherwise you have to use interop to talk to the non-managed SDK.
TallComponents (http://www.tallcomponents.com/) has a number of tools that
you can use to manipulate PDF docs and work with PDF forms (they also have
eval versions I believe). There's an open-source PDF component at
SourceForge called iTextSharp (http://sourceforge.net/projects/itextsharp/)
that works great for creating PDF documents though I haven't played with the
form portion of it.

Hope this helps,
Mark Fitzpatrick
Microsoft MVP - FrontPage

"Diffident" <Di*******@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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Hello All,

Our development environment is Visual C#.NET and we develop applications
based on client/server model. We have installed Adobe's SDK, Acrobat
Professional 7.0 and Adobe Designer 7.0

Some of our requirements are

1) To create PDF templates, pre-fill them with data and send them across
client browsers

2) To capture form data which users have submitted using the PDF form for
process workflow.

Initially I thought that I could use Acrobat SDK for this purpose. But the
API's they offer are overwhelming and confusing. Even after several days
of
research, I am still at the same point confused more.

My question is can we use FDF toolkit for our requirements? Does Acrobat
Professional 7.0 include the Form Server or is it a separate component
that
we need to buy or does it come included with FDF toolkit?

I would like to know what we can do and what we cannot do with it? Can
anyone please highlight me the features of FDF toolkit?

Thanks in advance!!

Nov 19 '05 #2

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Hi All,

I work for a company that has a product that will allow you to create
PDF documents and pre-fill them before sending them over to the users.
It also allows to capture the data user entered in the pdf form. The
company name is ceTe Software and the name of the product is DynamicPDF
Merger for .NET. Following is the link to the download of fully
functional evaluation version
http://www.cete.com/Products/MergerForNET/Download.csp. Look at
the AcroFormFill example which shows how to bring in an existing PDF
document as an template and fill it with data. The examples are
downloaded with the product download.

Vishal Mehta

Diffident wrote:
Hello All,

Our development environment is Visual C#.NET and we develop applications based on client/server model. We have installed Adobe's SDK, Acrobat
Professional 7.0 and Adobe Designer 7.0

Some of our requirements are

1) To create PDF templates, pre-fill them with data and send them across client browsers

2) To capture form data which users have submitted using the PDF form for process workflow.

Initially I thought that I could use Acrobat SDK for this purpose. But the API's they offer are overwhelming and confusing. Even after several days of research, I am still at the same point confused more.

My question is can we use FDF toolkit for our requirements? Does Acrobat Professional 7.0 include the Form Server or is it a separate component that we need to buy or does it come included with FDF toolkit?

I would like to know what we can do and what we cannot do with it? Can anyone please highlight me the features of FDF toolkit?

Thanks in advance!!


Nov 19 '05 #3

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