2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 8, 2008 5:05 AM by -==cfSearching==-

    Is there a way to merge Static PDF files and PDF Forms

      Hi All,

      The issue I am facing is this: 1200+ PDF forms that employees will need to sign. The docs are being created in MS Word, and all have a standard signature block. We have prototyped using LiveCycle Designer 8 to add fields to static PDF files (print Word files into Acrobat, import into LiveCycle and paste in fields) but this is pretty labor-intensive to use with a minimum of 1200 forms per quarter.

      The employee forms go into a CF8/Oracle library app (stored as BLOBs) and served up for 7,000 or so employees to sign. Posted data goes back into database.

      Here is the issue: Does anyone know any way to use some combination of cfpdf / cfpdfform / cfdocument that will allow us to create ONE generic signature block form, 1200 static PDF files, and merge them on the fly?

      <cfdocument> apparently does not allow PDF data to be included with a <cfpdfform>, as I have tried outputting PDF variables, toBinary(PDF variable), PDF served by <cfcontent> and various other combinations.

      (If the non-form data were HTML, we could easily output in a <cfdocumentsection> of the cfdocument, and add the <cfpdfform source="#genericForm#" action="populate"> and be done with it. But, we can't.)

      <cfpdf action="merge"> with a combination of a static PDF file and a populated form results in a flattend PDF file with no form data.

      I am acutely aware that LiveCycle 8 uses the XFA schema, and regular PDF documents use a different schema. And, this may prohibit what we want to do.

      If anyone has experience with CF8 PDFs and PDF forms, or has any helpful thoughts, I would be appreciatively gross. Needless to say, this is a six month project that must be live at the end November.


      Jim Bates
      Verizon Business