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From Maruan Sahyoun <sahy...@fileaffairs.de>
Subject Re: PDF form fill doesn't work
Date Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:08:14 GMT
Hi there,

the form is a XFA form which you can tell from the #pageSet construct. This denominates fields
within a master page of a form. A master page is a concept used within XFA to serve as a "background"
holding logos, static fields. etc. Dependent on the form this master page may not be used
within the form. In addition the field might be hidden. How did you test if the field doesn't
contain any value after you set it?

Using the field txtFirstName alone is not a complete reference to the form field as this is
a child within applicationPrepaid.#pageSet …. so the error is correct. 

Maruan Sahyoun

Am 19.11.2012 um 17:42 schrieb Duane Nickull <duane@technoracle-systems.com>:

> Can you send me the form? There are many types of PDF forms.  Acroforms
> are easiest but there are FDF, XFDF and XFA as well.
> Duane Nickull
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> On 2012-11-19 4:19 AM, "Milan Stojanovic" <stojanovic.milan@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I have a PDF file with some form fields that I need to fill in from Java
>> code. I use PDFBox library for this, and this code:
>> PDDocument pdfDoc =
>> PDDocument.load("C:\\Users\\igor\\Desktop\\test.pdf");PDDocumentCatalog
>> docCatalog = pdfDoc.getDocumentCatalog();PDAcroForm acroForm =
>> docCatalog.getAcroForm();PDField field =
>> acroForm.getField("applicationPrepaid[0].#pageSet[0].Pagina1[0].txtFirstNa
>> me[0]");if
>> (field != null) {
>>   field.setValue("Milan");} else {
>>   System.err.println("No field found with name:" +
>> "applicationPrepaid[0].#pageSet[0].Pagina1[0].txtFirstName[0]");}
>> pdfDoc.save("C:\\Users\\igor\\Desktop\\testout.pdf");
>> pdfDoc.close();
>> The PDF is not created by me, so I don't know what type of form the file
>> uses (if I understand correctly, there are FDF and XFA forms). Since the
>> PDF is not created by me, I used this tool
>> http://support.persits.com/pdf/demo_formfields.asp to find out the names
>> of
>> the form fields, and it gave me this:
>> applicationPrepaid[0].#pageSet[0].Pagina1[0].txtFirstName[0]
>> When I use this long field name, I don't get any errors, but the resulting
>> PDF does not contain the value I put in the field. I thought that maybe
>> there was something wrong with the field name, so I used Pdftk
>> tool<http://www.pdflabs.com/tools/pdftk-the-pdf-toolkit/>which
>> gave me just txtFirstName for the field name. But when I use just that, I
>> get the No field found with name: txtFirstName error. Help?

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