I currently do a lot of "mail merge" type operations creating Word docs. Can Adobe forms do a similar thing?
I.e. I have a database of college students where there are 100 students that I need to send a from.
In visual studio I can open a word template and put data into it and save both as word and/or PDF. The object is to personalise the form so that there are key pieces of information pre-filled (preferably read-only) that identify the student. This would reduce data corruption when it comes to reading the data back.
Is it possible to generate fillable forms in adobe Pro in a similar manor?
The PDFs I currently produce are out of word with "save as". Although like to be driven from a Visual Basic routine.
I was rather assuming that I'd need to create the PDF through Adobe if I wanted the form to have fillable fields and be able to pull out the data easily.
Would it be that I'd need to create the Word form and then use Adobe to generate the fillable PDF from it?
The user could be generating 1 or a hundred at a time.
My routine current use office interop routines to open a work template and write data at bookmark locations.
if the user selects 50 students to send the letter to, there get 50 letters.
The the PDF form scenarios, I want to be able to generate a personised form as required, could be one offs, could be bulk.
each indevidual PDF would be emailed to the student and they can then email it back. The file name can determine a collection point from which the data can be extracted and processed.
That's the theory. The first step is a personalised form.