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6. Dynamic PDF > 76. Drive PDF Forms with Your Data

Drive PDF Forms with Your Data

Convert your data into FDF so that Acrobat or Reader can merge it with a PDF form.

As discussed in [Hack #75] , you can deliver filled-out PDF forms on the Web by serving FDF data. FDF data contains the URL for your PDF form and the data with which to fill the form. Upon receiving FDF data, Acrobat (or Reader) will open the referenced PDF form and then populate it with the given information. The next problem is how to easily create FDF data on your web server.

The PDF Reference [Hack #98] describes FDF in dizzying detail, and Adobe offers a free-of-charge FDF Toolkit with a dizzying license (http://partners.adobe.com/asn/acrobat/forms.jsp). But what you need is usually easy to create from the comfort of your favorite web programming language. We provide such a script written in PHP. It converts form data into an FDF file suitable for filling our basic PDF form [Hack #74] .


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