I could be wrong, but I think the "merge" action is only for documents, not interactive forms. You can embed pdf forms in a cfdocument or you could also the underlying iText library to merge the forms.
I'd agree with you, except that some of the fill-in PDF's DO work after merge, and it varies which work and which don't depending on the order of the cfpdfparam's. My thought is it's possible, but there has to be something else going on maybe?
According to Adobe's docs:
"You can use the cfpdf tag to assemble interactive PDF form files into a single PDF document and flatten forms created in Acrobat"
I should have been more clear. What I meant was I do not know if it is intended to merge interactive forms and leave them in an iteractive state, because the documentation also says "Note: ColdFusion automatically flattens form fields when you use the merge action of the cfpdf tag.", which is more consistent with the behavior you are describing.
Though having said that, I have learned the hard way not to take the documentation as gospel ;-) I also use iText a lot more than I do cfpdf, because it provides greater control.
ahhh, I didn't see that..hmm, well I'll start reading the iText docs and see what I can do with that Thanks for the help!!
IIRC you were using cfdocument to create part of the merged form? You _might_ also be able to embed the forms in the cfdocument, achieving the same effect as a merge. I would have to check if that works for embedding empty forms, or just ones you want to populate:
Update: Scratch that idea. I just checked an you can only embed one (1) form in a cfdocument.
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