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Old January 10th, 2008, 10:16 AM
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Default Populate Adobe PDF with html form data

Does anyone know of a way to populate an Adobe pdf dynamically with html form data ? I really don't want to use 3rd party software.


Old January 10th, 2008, 08:33 PM
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To create .doc and .xls documents yes no problem however .pdf's IME there is no way without 3rd party software. If someone has found a way id love to see it.

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There is no "out of the box" way to simply say "take this dataset and turn it into a PDF" in ASP even in .NET there is no one control that can take an arbitary dataset and convert it right to a PDF. (Granted the ReportViewer control can export data from Report Files to PDF but that is over kill) Anyway I digress.

This is one of those secnarios where you need to look at Buy vs. Build. If this is for a personal project and you have the time to mess around and create a COM component or the like that can create PDF files, by all means have at it. On the other hand if this is a project for a client it is better for both parties if you just buy a component and call it a day. You will save your client money and you will save your self the stress of having to create said control.


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Thanks. That's pretty much what I thought. I am going to look at a product from Winnovative Solutions : http://www.winnovative-software.com/buy.aspx


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I did find when researching the same issue the following tutorial.


I have got this to work but being a beginer in asp and SQL i have not been able to do anything really impactive with the code.

If anyone who really understands the process can improve on the code please let us all know.



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