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From Maruan Sahyoun <sahy...@fileaffairs.de>
Subject Re: Problems combining files with form fields
Date Tue, 05 May 2015 09:36:45 GMT
Hi Gilad,

> Am 05.05.2015 um 11:30 schrieb Gilad Denneboom <gilad.denneboom@gmail.com>:
> Hi guys,
> This should be a simple task, but it turns out to be quite a complex and
> problematic one, I'm afraid...
> I'm trying to combine two files, one with a bunch of form fields in it (a
> single page, created in Acrobat) and one without any fields. I have tried
> doing it using three different methods, and all three have failed, in
> various ways.
> Method 1: PDDocument importPage
> I tried importing the page with the form fields into the existing files.
> The page is placed at the end of the document (I need it at the start...),
> but that's not the big issue. The big issue is that although the page with
> the form fields is added to the file, the PDAcroForm in the new file is
> null and I'm having weird problems editing the form fields in Acrobat (see
> "example1.pdf", try to make a selection in one of the drop-downs in
> Acrobat).
> Method 2: PDDocument addPage (how is this different from importPage, by the
> way? The documentation is very lacking on this point. Also, why isn't it
> possible to specify the page number where you want to insert the new page?)
> The result is similar to importPage, only now I am able to make a selection
> in the drop-down fields in Acrobat, but they are still not picked up by
> PDFBox when I re-load the file and try to access them (see "example2.pdf").
> Method 3: PDFMergerUtililty
> In order to get the right page order I decided to merge the files instead
> of adding one to the other.
> Here the PDAcroForm object does exist in the merged files, but the values
> of the fields are not picked up. Using getValue on the fields returns the
> default value for the drop-downs and null for the text fields, even though
> they are clearly filled-in (see "example3.pdf").
> Any help is appreciated…

Could you also upload the individual files prior to merging?


> Regards, Gilad.
> ​
> example1.pdf
> <https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_eBFHMNjkhscDdvcGhXNjRMZ28/edit?usp=drive_web>
> ​​
> example2.pdf
> <https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_eBFHMNjkhsck9RSTlNTWFtaHc/edit?usp=drive_web>
> ​​
> example3.pdf
> <https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_eBFHMNjkhsQXBRdVdDMGkyR2s/edit?usp=drive_web>
> ​

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