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Darien Cheung
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Hi,

I'm working on a project to process forms and print them out. I've built a simple database and GUI to let the user fill out the pertinent information. The goal is to use that info and fill out a bunch of forms where the data is often repeated. The requirement is the form must look almost like the original. So, what I've done is scanned the form as an image and overlaid text on top of it. The problem with this approach is that to get the form to print out on a full letter-size paper, the resolution and size of the image is pretty huge. So, a lot of the work becomes on processing the image before it gets printed out.

I was wondering if this is a good approach for the original problem or if anyone can suggest a better way to do this. One elegant approach I discovered was to build an FDF which is just a text file describing fields and data and send it to Adobe Acrobat. Unfortunately, we cannot use Acrobat so that idea, although ideal, is out of the question.

Thanks!
 
Stephen Huey
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Yeah, doing it as an image sounds pretty inelegant to me. The new PDF forms sounds great, but if you can't use that, I don't know what you're going to do. From what you've said, I don't know why you couldn't lay out the form in a webpage or other GUI and just try to match everything as much as possible with fixed widths, etc...that should be workable as long as you know the browser, screen resolutions, etc...
 
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