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From "Seth Freeman (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (PDFBOX-4454) PDFmergerUtility is changing the names of form fields to dummyField#X when fields have the same name.
Date Fri, 01 Feb 2019 21:26:00 GMT

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Seth Freeman updated PDFBOX-4454:
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    Description: 
 

The merger renaming form fields that have the same name is a feature that should be optional.
In my situation, I need all the fields to keep their pre-merge names.

In my case, we are using 3 different medical forms that intentionally all have fields with
the same name. In Acrobat merging would set the fields output equal to each other. I'm working
on a project to automate filling these forms with information provided by the patient. Right
now merging with PDFbox breaks this.

My current workaround is to just fill each form separately then combine them, but this makes
edits later down the line needlessly complex. 

The simplest solution would be to have options to maintain the names.

  was:
 

The merger renaming form fields that have the same name is a feature that should be optional.
In my situation, I need all the fields to keep their pre-merge names.

In my case, we are using 3 different medical forms that all have similar fields. In Acrobat
merging would set the fields equal to each other. I'm working on a project to automate filling
these forms with information provided by the patient. Right now merging with PDFbox breaks
this.

My current workaround is to just fill each form separately then combine them, but this makes
edits later down the line needlessly complex. 


> PDFmergerUtility is changing the names of form fields to dummyField#X when fields have
the same name.
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: PDFBOX-4454
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PDFBOX-4454
>             Project: PDFBox
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: AcroForm
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.13
>            Reporter: Seth Freeman
>            Priority: Critical
>              Labels: PDFMergerUtility
>
>  
> The merger renaming form fields that have the same name is a feature that should be optional.
In my situation, I need all the fields to keep their pre-merge names.
> In my case, we are using 3 different medical forms that intentionally all have fields
with the same name. In Acrobat merging would set the fields output equal to each other. I'm
working on a project to automate filling these forms with information provided by the patient.
Right now merging with PDFbox breaks this.
> My current workaround is to just fill each form separately then combine them, but this
makes edits later down the line needlessly complex. 
> The simplest solution would be to have options to maintain the names.



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