Solved

Read Acrobat 7 PDF form data with PHP

Posted on 2008-10-16
3
691 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Software; Acrobat 7 Pro - Server WindowsXP SP2, Apache 2, PHP 5.2
Question;
Our office staff have made a number of PDF forms for our customers to fill out.
What we now want to do is have PHP read the form data without having to re key the data.
In another part of the system we use TCPDF for PDF output ( but the forms are created by hand with Acrobat Pro 7 )

0
Comment
Question by:Matthew_Way
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:socross
ID: 22737782
Have you already collated the data using Acrobat? If the forms were made in Acrobat there is a function within acrobat to collate the data into a dataset (essentially a database of results linked to a master .pdf from). This can all be done through the "Forms" tab.

You can then export it to CSV, XML etc.

0
 

Author Comment

by:Matthew_Way
ID: 22737839
The forms dribble in over a period of time in different offices in different countries.

Would like to be able to "File Upload" the completed PDF form and the PHP application extract the data.
0
 
LVL 1

Accepted Solution

by:
socross earned 500 total points
ID: 22740621
I used a similar process earlier this year when I sent out a questionnaire for my dissertation research. I emailed the .pdf questionnaire as a form with an "Submit" link at the bottom which automatically e-mailed the questionnaire to me for collation.

The alternative to this is configuring the "Submit" button to upload the data directly to a server via HTTP. To compile you simple point acrobat towards the data on the server and it will compile it and output it to CSV or XML.

The functionality that you want is already there and it will certainly save a lot of time programming PHP.

0

Featured Post

What is SQL Server and how does it work?

The purpose of this paper is to provide you background on SQL Server. It’s your self-study guide for learning fundamentals. It includes both the history of SQL and its technical basics. Concepts and definitions will form the solid foundation of your future DBA expertise.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

PaperPort is a popular document imaging/management product from Nuance Communications (http://www.nuance.com/). It is in widespread use by both individuals (http://www.nuance.com/for-individuals/by-product/paperport/index.htm) and businesses (http:/…
In a previously published article (http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/10331/Automatic-Duplex-Scanning-in-PaperPort-Versions-11-12-14.html) here at Experts Exchange, I explained how to achieve duplex (double-sided) scanning in Nuance's PaperPor…
Explain concepts important to validation of email addresses with regular expressions. Applies to most languages/tools that uses regular expressions. Consider email address RFCs: Look at HTML5 form input element (with type=email) regex pattern: T…
The viewer will learn how to look for a specific file type in a local or remote server directory using PHP.

910 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

26 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now