What symbology do you want to use? Is it 1D like code39 or 2D like PDF417?
Hi, I would be using Code39 symbology.
OK, that makes it simpler. Adobe's Barcoded Paper Forms is for 2D bar codes. It involves adding usage rights to the PDF in order for it to work with Reader. In order to add the usage rights, you have to license the product, which isn't cheap.
So it really depends on which type of form you want to use. Each type has its benefits.
In order for Reader to save a filled-in form, the document has to be Reader-enabled. This is normally done with Acrobat, but it has certain licensing restrictions on the number of returned forms (500) that you're allowed to use if you distribute the form to more than 500 users. You can avoid this limitation by enabling the form using LiveCycle Reader Extensions, but at considerable expense.
Hi, George thanks for your help just one more thing i want to ask, with
Adobe LiveCycle Designer do we have pre-defined barcodes for direct use??
and is it possible to read the barcode and store the value using the Adobe
LiveCycle Designer?? Please let me know..
I'm not sure what you mean by your first question. You can create static bar code symbols with LiveCycle Designer. There are a wide range of 1D symbologies to choose from, both for static and dynamic symbols.
LiveCycle Designer or Acrobat/Reader does not read bar code symbols. You need a scanner (optical or software) for that. The form data is stored in the PDF form fields, which Acrobat/Reader can display as a bar code symbol. Acrobat can export form data to a data file.
Hi George, sorry for not making myself clear what you said about the
LiveCycle designer is what i needed and it works fine but now am stuck with
the reading of barcode and then storing its value(numeric value) along with
the record for which it was generated. I think i will need a software for
that purpose... Thanks for your Help....
George Johnson wrote:
How would i go about doing this. My current PDF form will pull a last name and first name onto the form in a Barcode format, but i need to add in *LNM to the start and another * at the end of the data that was pulled from a SQL data base. example the pdf has a Text Feild named "borrower1_last_name" and that filed pulls the last name.. So i was thinking there should be an easy script like you said to add in to that feild properties.
thanks for any help George.
The Validate script for the text field could be something like:
// Custom Validate script for text field // Add an asterisk to the beginning and end of the value if (event.value) event.value = "*" + event.value + "*";
Thanks George! that worked perfectly for what i needed.