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Using the form with a transparent background & a table with lots of rows &
columns to place the fields approximately where I wanted them  in writer
worked for me.  It was a bear putting the fields where I wanted them and
the long names writer generates make it difficult to see and place fields
where you want  them if you have a lot of little boxes to "x".  If I spend
enough time with a really complicated form, it will do what I want.

I saw that the cutepdf guys sell a sdk /  library that allows you to define
fields on the pdf form, then send the field data to it and it populates the
form and I presume there is some way to save / print it.  Anyone know of an
open source library to accomplish this ?

On Sat, Jun 22, 2013 at 5:19 PM, Girvin R. Herr [via Document Foundation
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Alex Thurgood wrote:

Le 21/06/2013 20:46, howellsilverman a écrit :
That is correct.  These are forms that are available to me as pdf's
fillable fields.  Even if the fields were fillable - I want to fill
from a database.  I'm not the creator of these forms so I have to work
backward from what I receive.

OK, then Girvin's advice about using Draw is probably the best thing,
or else invest in a specific PDF converter software that will turn
your PDF image form into an editable one.

Maybe.  Except for the OP's comment: "...I want to fill them from a
database. "  That implies that the OP wants to do something like
mailmerge, where database record data fields are inserted into the Draw
text blocks.  I am not sure Draw supports that.  I suppose the Draw
image of the pdf form could be inserted into a Writer document as a
background (something like a watermark) and then mailmerge type fields
could be put on top of the Draw image with frames, but I have never done
BTW: I have never used mailmerge, so this is all speculation on my
part.  It is something I would try if I were having the OP's problem.

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