[Webinar] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now

x
  • Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 450
  • Last Modified:

Dynamic PDF files with ASP and FDF

HI,

I'm new to FDF and PDF. I have a report I need to generate and put in a PDF format. I'm using ASP to get the data from the database. My only problem is that some sections will need to be repeated. For example, A person might have 3 different cars listed on the report but I need to account for the possibility of them having at most 10 and at least 1, is there any looping like structure available to use which would repeat a section of the PDF document so I can have 1 PDF document and it will account for all the numbers of cars? I also have a large text field which needs to be returned, is there a way to set up a field in the PDF document which will take a large amount of text and word wrap it within a specific space?

Thanks,

Darksbane
0
Darksbane
Asked:
Darksbane
  • 4
  • 2
2 Solutions
 
Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
You should use something like iText.NET (http://itextdotnet.sourceforge.net/en/) to create your PDF documents. This way, you can use all the control mechanism that you have available in ASP to create your PDF document.
Look at teh web site, they have examples for what's possible with iText (.NET).

You could use form fields to solve your problem, but because you are doing this on the server, it would be pretty complicated to get the template feature to work. In Acrobat (not the free Reader) you can create multiple instances of a page by using the page template feature. Whenever you need to start a new record, you would just add one or more new pages to the document and fill in the form fields.
Acrobat (the full version) cannot be used on a server (see the EULA for more information).
This means that you would need a FDF merger/flattener that does support templates.

I will look around to see if any of the packages I'm familar with support templates.
0
 
Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
And, a normal text form field will do word wrapping.
0
 
DarksbaneAuthor Commented:
I looked at the link, is there anything in regular asp which is similar? We would like to stay away from .net since the rest of our site is in regular ASP. Also is there a way to force a newline in the data passed over in the FDF form?
0
Free Tool: Path Explorer

An intuitive utility to help find the CSS path to UI elements on a webpage. These paths are used frequently in a variety of front-end development and QA automation tasks.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

 
Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
Not for the same price :-(

http://www.websupergoo.com/abcpdf-1.htm - this seems to be free for now, you just have to link back to their web page.

http://www.asppdf.com/
http://dynamicpdf.com/Products/ (last one in the list)
0
 
Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
To create multi-line text fields, you need to enable the multi line feature on the properties dialog for your text field (this is on the "Options" tab). In the FDF file, you need to indicate line breaks with '\n':

this is the first line\nand the second line.
0
 
RLGSCCommented:
Darksbane,

Take a look at PDFLIB.COM, the PDFLIB package allows you to directly create PDF files under program control.

- Bob (aka RLGSC)
0
 
DarksbaneAuthor Commented:
Going with the ABCPDF, thanks for all the help
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

  • 4
  • 2
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now