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6. Dynamic PDF > 78. Permanently Merge a PDF Form and its Data

Permanently Merge a PDF Form and its Data

Provide online users with a copy of their completed form to save.

Adobe Reader enables a user to add, change, view, and print form data, but it does not enable a user to save the filled-in PDF form to disk. Saving the file produces a lovely copy of an empty form. How annoying!

Correct this problem server-side by merging the PDF form and its data. Then, offer this filled-in form as a download for the user’s records. After merging, the form fields remain interactive, even though they display the user’s data. Go a step further and flatten this form so that field data becomes a permanent part of the PDF pages. After flattening, filled-in fields are no longer interactive. You can merge and flatten forms using the iText library or our command-line pdftk. Both are free software.


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