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Printing from MS Access with PDF as background

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I would like to print some data onto an existing PDF document.  The PDF document I have is a form with many blanks.  I would like the Access DB to fill in the blanks.  Most of the Access data is printing table style, with some pages having a few records and some having many.  My preference would be to have the PDF set as a background for the report, but Access only allows image files as background.  When I converted my PDF to a JPG, the image is very low quality once it is embedded in the Access report.
The non-electronic way to do this would be to print the PDF form, load it into the paper tray of the printer, and print the Access report.  I just think there must be some way to do this electronically.
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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littlesandusky,

Why not just create a form in Access to do this?
Use the Form wizard, and in 60 seconds you are done.
;-)

I have seen and created these "Form Image" forms, but they are a pain to create;
(Image storage size, SizeMode, Resolution, Centering, Form Propertie, Form sizability)
...All play a role in how "Good" this will look.

IMHO, creating you own form to simulate the PDF form layout will be *MUCH* easier and faster.

JeffCoachman
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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...and the never look quite "Right".

Here is an example:

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Access-EEQ-24303911-ImageFormPic.mdb
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by:littlesandusky
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Unfortunately, It could be a problem for me to "simulate" the form.  I work in a GMP controlled environment and the form that I want to use is a controlled document.  These controlled documents exist in a central document control system.  The danger in creating my own simulated version is that if someone changes the controlled document (even something as simple as a mis-spelled word),  I would need to make my simulated version look exactly the same.

I thought there might be a way to merge the Access data with the PDF form at the time of printing.  I don't need the report in Access to have the background PDF form visible on the screen (although this would help me work out the alignment).
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Sorry then I mis-understood your question.

"I thought there might be a way to merge the Access data with the PDF form at the time of printing."
There might be.
You will have to do a google search or search the Adobe site.

JeffCoachman

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In the end I was able to print the information from the Access database as a pdf using a pdf converter, then apply the form pdf as a background in Acrobat.  This provided a very clean printout and I was able to save the resulting file electronically.
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by:dyoung520
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I just recently was able to convert a PDF to image and use in Access just as you described.

To get a high quality image from the PDF you must import the PDF into an image manipulating software (I used GIMP) and scale the image using resolution to 300 dpi (Print Quality).  Then save the result as a high quality BMP.

You would be able to skip the step of merging the overlay in acrobat!

Cheers,
Dan
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