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What format to scan an order form document that is going to be filled out, and emailed.

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I have a hardcopy form that I need to scan in, and filled out on the computer
dynamically, and then emailed.

Do you know what format I need to save the scanned image as?

Also, have you ever heard of someone scanning in a document, and
then filling it out dynamically via a program that later gets emailed.
Do you know how this is done.  There will only be one company reading
the document, and the information is all filled in behind the scenes.  The
web user will not see any of it.

I appreciate your help.  I have been butting my head against this for a bit.

The document needs to be able to be read from the screen, and also
printed with the dynamic data appropriately filled in.

As the document is going to be scanned in, then emailed which is actually faxing it, the document format should not change.

Thanks for you help in advance.


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I don't know that you can convert a scan to a dynamic form. You MIGHT be able to superimpose form elements overtop a scan using div tags and css, but thats not exactly the same thing. (if that was the case, it wouldn't matter).

Most likely you will either need to recreate (type) the hardcopy or scan it in and OCR it.

But I would be interested if there is another option I am not aware of...
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BongSoo,

Thanks for the data.

The only other thing that I came across was to convert the scanned file into
a format that would allow me to edit it.  I would then place tags in
the file where I wanted to put information.  This would be read in by my program,
and the tags would be replaced with real data.

Since I am emailing the file via html email, I had a problem with positioning the data on top of the image, and printing it.  The print position and the screen positions
were not the same. So it looked like my overlay was drastically off.

I may need to recreate the document.  But It looks pretty fancy, and I could
not get an exact duplicate.
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