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FDF not opening in a browser

Jun 20, 2011 10:04 AM

I'm having difficulty opening an fdf file in a browser.  I've tried opening the file via a url like http://localhost/fdftest/xxx.fdf.  I've tried opening the file by putting the file path in the address spot of IE and I've tried displaying the file using Response.BinaryWrite through an aspx page.  In all cases, IE and FireFox will show an empty page and usually hang that page/tab.  Sometimes it will show the Reader blue progress bar saying "Loading...." but not do anything.  If I double click the fdf it will open in Reader without a problem.

 

I've tried different approaches for a couple of days now to no avail.  I'd appreciate any help you guys could give.

 

Thanks,

Mickey

 
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    Jun 24, 2011 7:11 AM   in reply to mixsterdude

    How are you trying to open it? Adobe Javascript? Where is the javascript? Is the PDF being opened in a browser?

     
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    Jun 24, 2011 12:25 PM   in reply to mixsterdude

    Can you send me your code? I am able to do it fine from my end.

     
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    Aug 22, 2011 9:11 AM   in reply to mixsterdude

    We are experiencing the exact same issue with Adobe Reader 10.1. When serving FDF to the browser that internally points to a PDF file on the server the FDF loads and then the browser is stuck on a blank page. Did you get any resolution to this?

     

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    Aug 23, 2011 8:32 AM   in reply to mixsterdude

    Were you able to open the fdf in an earlier version of the Reader?

     

    I just tried opening an fdf file (http://192.168.0.100/test.fdf where F/ is http://192.168.0.100/test.pdf) from the browser using Reader X, and had no problem.  You can also open a specific fdf file from the browser using #FDF.  For example:

     

    http://192.168.0.100/test.pdf#FDF=http://192.168.0.100/test.fdf

     

    I have been using this for many years to prepopulate pdfs, but it only works with the Adobe Reader or Acrobat.  It isn't supported by other PDF viewers, and it doesn't work with mixed versions of Acrobat and Reader.  I fear that someday Adobe will remove this feature entirely for some security reason.

     

    I'd be happy to send you the pdf and fdf files I used, or I can just email you the link to try it yourself.

     

    Kris

     
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