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1) You can embed a simple script in your PDF file that tells the application that opens it to send it to the printer, yes. Whether or not it will work depends on the application or plugin used to open the PDF. The code to use is simply:
2) If you can control how the PDF file is built then you can merge the documents on your end, embed the code I provided above in the merged file and then send it to the user, sure.
Thanks. I will be able to control how the file is built, however the data sheets themselves are provided by 3rd parties. Is it possible to append existing files from various sources to the one I have created? (Ideally I want to print out my populated template, and then each datasheet without it recalculating any page numbers and so on)
I assume that I would need a full version of Acrobat to do all this? (Need to be sure on the version / code I have to buy as the templates will be automatically populated via data from a web form), so this whole process will be automatic and (hopefully) seamless!
No, you can't do it with Acrobat. It's not a server-side application. You would need to find some other solution to merging the file on your end.
Hmm ok. Well at least its part way there if I can get away from printing html and on to creating and filling in pdf's themselves.
Sounds like it is possible anyway, I just need to hit google some more. Thanks