[thelist] Auto Populating PDF files

scott.brady at homeqonline.com scott.brady at homeqonline.com
Thu Jun 7 09:36:58 CDT 2001

You have a few options.

If you don't care that users can save the populated PDF to their hard drive
(they can print them out and view them, but not save them), then you can create
an FDF file with the data and merge it with a PDF form.  (see the Acrobat SDK
for more info:  http://partners.adobe.com/asn/developer/acrosdk/main.html

If you want the users to be able to save the files, then it becomes a little
more difficult (or expensive). The way we do it is to dynamically create a Word
document with the data and then use ActivePDF and ActivePDF DocConverter (
http://www.activepdf.com/ ) to automatically convert the Word doc into a PDF,
and that seems to work pretty well. (Of course, the two products together cost
over $1k, so if you're looking for a dirt cheap solution, I don't know what it
is) The hardest part of that is actually creating the Word doc.

Hope that helps.


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