I was using CF7 to query data and load it into pdf file using
the XPAAJ java library from Ben Forte's blog. It was simple, and it
worked very well. Then along came CF8 and LiveCycle ES. XPAAJ was
free, but LiveCycle ES is not free. LC ES does much more than
loading data into a pdf and costs quite a bit, but is probably
worth the money. Because a small part of LC ES does the same thing
that XPAAJ did, the CF8 upgrade knocks out XJAAP almost completely.
(I got it back by stopping the CF8 application service, starting
the CF7 application service, then restarting the CF8 - I don't want
to run like this for very long).
I may eventually get into LiveCycle, but for now, does anyone
know of something like XPAAJ that can load data directly into a
pdf, or a Form Data Format (FDF) file?
If by PDF 'data' you mean XMP metadata, then yes: CF8 ships
with a version of the iText Java library that includes classes for
reading and writing XMP in PDF. CF8's CFPDF tag uses iText under
the hood but doesn't yet allow you to use all of its functionality
via CFPDF, so you can just call the Java classes directly in order
to access iText's XMP functionality.