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    New Lounger
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    I have a project that involves e-mails Outlook forms to users via Access which they fill out and send back via Outlook. We can no longer use Outlook forms, so I've created a PDF Interactive form with Adobe Livecycle. What I would like to have happen is the same table that populated the outlook forms would populate the PDF form. Does anyone know of a way to do this?

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    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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    One possibility is to automate acrobat by using VB or Javascript. You could take an existing PDF form and then use code to personalise the content. This link has code that adds a graphic to an existing PDF and would be a good place to start if you wanted to follow the coding path.
    Adapting that code would allow you to add text rather than graphics.

    An alternative is to create a PDF form where the personalisations can be exported as managed 'form data'. This would allow you to create a text document (xml or other) that loads personalised content into a form. This might be a way of avoiding code that directly edits the PDF - you may still need code to create the input file though. An example is shown here

    Perhaps you need to do some research before deciding the best way for you to go. Try as a place to start. Googling for 'Acrobat form automation' or perhaps researching the Adobe product that is specifically targeted at producing large volumes of forms - Livecycle Designer.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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