Filling PDF Forms


#1

Are there any Ruby utilities out there for filling out PDF forms?
I have PDF form that I would like to populate from a database.


#2

Kevin O. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

Are there any Ruby utilities out there for filling out PDF forms?
I have PDF form that I would like to populate from a database.

http://rubyforge.org/projects/ruby-pdf/


#3

pfharlock wrote:

Kevin O. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

Are there any Ruby utilities out there for filling out PDF forms?
I have PDF form that I would like to populate from a database.

http://rubyforge.org/projects/ruby-pdf/

While this is helpful, it does not solve my problem.

To clarify… I have a pre-existing PDF file which has various form
fields defined within it. I would like to automatically fill the
defined form fields with data from a database and provide the completed
file for download to the end user.

As near as I can tell from reading the manual, PDF::Writer does not
support forms in this fashion.

I really don’t want to regenerate the entire form from scratch.

_Kevin


#4

I’m looking for this same functionality myself. Please post if/when you
find a way to do it in Ruby.

Thanks-
Michael


#5

On 12/5/05, Kevin O. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

pfharlock wrote:

Kevin O. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

Are there any Ruby utilities out there for filling out PDF forms?
I have PDF form that I would like to populate from a database.

http://rubyforge.org/projects/ruby-pdf/

While this is helpful, it does not solve my problem.

You are correct. I am not sure when or if this will be possible with
PDF::Writer. You may want to look around the Adobe developer website,
because there are indications that it may be possible with other
means. I just haven’t investigated it so far.

-austin


#6

Just to follow up on this…

I ended up using iText which is a Java library. Filling in the form
fields was a piece of cake!
http://www.lowagie.com/iText/

After writing my own wrapper to iText I then connected it to Ruby using
RJB
http://arton.no-ip.info/collabo/backyard/?RubyJavaBridge
This bridge was also very easy to configure and use.