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Suggestions for view and annotate pdf image control for MS Access?

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I'm looking for an control to put on a ms access 2007 or 2010 form that will allow display, simple manipulation (such as rotation), annotation (like the stamp feature in acrobat) and creation of notes of a pdf file.  I can use the web browser control for viewing but it does not provide any additional capability.  I used to use the adobe acrobat control but my understanding is that it has not been available for several versions.  

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive option?

I found a great control in the GDPicture.Net suite.  It has great access examples but the cost would be around $2K+.  Most of the other major image players seem to be right around that same cost which completely busts my budget, especially considering that I'll only be using a very limited set of its functions.

I've found a couple of very inexpensive controls but each so far has gotten tagged by my virus software to being dangerous files.  Doing a little research on the internet seems to confirm that they should be handled with great care which really makes me nervous to install them.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks
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are you going to wants to query the annotations being made about the pdf's?  If so i'd recommend making an access table, and a form to store the annotations and display the pdf.
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I think you are suggesting to display the pdf image on one side and have a separate form to enter the annotations.  For my application, the annotations are tied directly to content on the pdf page so I they need them to be positioned right on top of the pdf image.  

What I'm looking for is an inexpensive control I can place on an access form which will allow annotations to show up on top of my pdf image and then allow manipulation of those annotations.  I've found a couple of controls but they are way too expensive and are overkill for my application.
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hmm ok.  It might be possible to display the PDF, and store the annotations in the db for the relevant pdf image, and display them as labels which are dragable and also store their location?

Tha would only work if the PDF was a single page sheet though...not sure how we could tie a PDF viewer to access so that it would be ware of what page a pdf control was on.

You might have to write a control to do this in .Net, which might then be usable in Access.. but i haven;t done either of those.

I wrote a .Net application which displayed a PDF using the Adobe control which comes with PDF viewer, and then changed the displayed PDF based on the user clicking on the filename, but I doubt if it the PDF Control i used could do any of the Annotation work you require.
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I've found plenty of controls that work in vb environment but not many that will work in access.  I'm afraid there must not be any inexpensive options out there.
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