Monday, June 4, 2007

PDF Forms Tags...

CF 8 has introduced several tags for manipulating PDF forms:

The following describes a few of the tasks you can perform with PDF forms:

cfpdfform - Reads data from a form and writes it to a file or populates a form with data from a data source.

cfpdfformparam  - A child tag of the cfpdfform tag or the cfpdfsubform tag; populates individual fields in PDF forms.

cfpdfsubform - A child tag of the cfpdfform tag; creates the hierarchy of the PDF form so that form fields are filled properly.

The cfpdfsubform tag contains one or more cfpdpformparam tags.



Anonymous said...

Do you know of any way to get the type of field in a PDF form as opposed to just its value? What about getting the options from a drop down menu in select? Are these things possible with CF8?

Ahamad said...

You can extract data from a PDF form and write the output to an XML data file.

Ex: cfpdfform action="read" source="sourcefile1.pdf" XMLdata="datafile.xml"

Ahamad said...

More about xmldata here...

chesponal said...

I have a dropwdown in my PDF form , i am able to fill the value for the text box in PDF from coldfusion , but i dont know how to populate the dropdown data in the PDF with values fetch from database using CF 8

Below the Sample Code
cfpdfform source= "#sourceform1#" action="populate" overwrite="true"
cfpdfsubform name="form1"
cfpdfsubform name="expense"
cfpdfformparam name="name" value="#myname1#"
cfpdfformparam name="empcode" value="#myempcode1#"
cfpdfformparam name="location" value="#mylocation1#"
cfpdfformparam name="mgrname" value="#mymgrname1#"
cfpdfformparam name="drpDivision" value="how to populate from DB?"

Ahamad said...

Hi chesponal,
You can write a query and get the value from the database in a variable and then you can use that variable in to populate the PDF Form.

chesponal said...

Thanks for the reply

As per ur reply i assume that i have use like below

cfquery name=test
select id,value from table name

cfset variable.drpContent = test

cfpdfformparam name="drpDivision" value=#test#

I have a question here how to i set the value and display option for the dropdown ?

ahamad said...

Hi chesponal,
Yes, this is the way I was talking about.

I am unable to understand your question... If you have any specific sample pdf form, please send it accross to me, I will give you the cfm code.

I can be reached at

chesponal said...

I sent u the email , i was talking about populatting the dropdown from a lookup table

ahamad said...

Hi chesponal,
I am sorry to say that you cannot populate the drop-down using cfpdfform. This has to be done in the Acrobat Designer itself while designing the pdf form.

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