Not sure that this is the correct forum, but it looks like a good place to start.....
This is my question:
At this moment we use an MS Excel file that runs a macro at startup that imports fielddata from an external xml-file. So, a user that opens the Excelfile will not have to fill in customer-data that is supplied by the xml-file. It is automaticly filled. For example Customer name, address, postcode etc.
Now, we have created a simular form in Adobe Livecycle, but we cannot get the xml-data to be imported just like the Excelfile does.
Is it possible, and how is it done, to open a pdf-form, import data from an external xml-file, all without user interaction?
Hope that my question is clear. Please advise
First you need to design your PDF form in LiveCycle/ Acrobat and bind the XML structure to each of the fields. Means when you import the data, the form needs to know which XML tag value to be displayed in which field.
After the form is developed, you can use Acrobat's Import data menu item to import the XML file..
Thank you very much for your help! I got this far allready and that works fine. However, the end-user does not have Acrobat. And what we look for is that the end-user does not have to do a manual action to import the data. That should be automaticly done at startup of the pdf-form.
This is what we try to get:
We sure hope that there is a way to do this. In MS Excel there is, so we expect that Adobe can do at least the same
Thanks very much!
You have a method in host object that can import the data to the PDF form. You can call the method in the initialize event of any of the form controls.
xfa.host.importData("<XML File name>", true);
But this works with the certified forms only. You need to certify your form before you distribute to the users..
thanks a lot for this help. This looks very good. So, I will try this.
One question: Do I need an extra license or software to certify a pdf document? Where can I do that?
Thanks in advance!
Check the below sample..
Save the below XML as BookStore.xml in your local. After you open the form, Click on the Import Data button and select the XML file from your local.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
This is the simplest you can do without going for the Certified form.
Certified forms can be done by using Certificates from Adobe. You need to purchase them separately.
If you omit the arguments in the importData()method, then you do not need to certify the documents. But the user needs to choose the XML file from their file system.
thanks again for this great help! Certifying seems to be no option for us. So, I am working on the browse option. In addition to that I wonder if it is possible to set the default folder before showing the browse-screen.
So, when the user clicks the button, the screen that pops up should be already be browsing in the same folder as the PDF is located. This would make it very easy for a user to select the XML-file.
Please advise in this. Thanks again!
I still am working on this item. When I download your example, and open it with the reader, no browse-popup shows. When I open it with Acrobat, the popup does show. What is the difference?
I believe the difference is that you need to extend the form to allow people with reader to have additional permisions. You can do this
either from reader extensions or from Acrobat itself (but there are limitations to using acrobat, eg how many times the
form can be used)
edit: i just noticed that this was mentioned before
I've tried with "xfa.host.importData();" but the button does not work.
There is another way to do that?
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