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PDF Form Filling & Flattening


Areas of use
Technical details


The PDF Form Filling & Flattening component is used to create, fill and delete form fields in PDF documents automatically and efficiently.

The component is addressed via the command line. This makes it possible to process PDF documents individually and in batches.

The component is designed to process large quantities of PDF documents automatically. Information is typically retrieved from a source such as a database to create personalized documents, or personalized information is extracted from forms for further processing.

PDF Form Filling & Flattening


  • List and fill in existing form fields
  • Create new form fields
  • Delete existing form fields
  • Define font and font sizes for form fields
  • Flatten form fields (to make them uneditable)
  • Decrypt and encrypt PDF forms
  • Optionally pass command options via a control file instead of the command line)

PDF Form Filling & Flattening


Properties and benefits

Using the Filling & Flattening component requires neither third party software nor programming knowledge. Processing form fields and their content can be fully automated. Fill PDF forms with database information quickly and easily and effortlessly protect the resulting PDF documents from further manipulation.

Performance characteristics

  • Fully automated form processing
  • Easy to control via a control file
  • User-friendly application with no need for a programming infrastructure
  • Mass processing of PDF forms in batch processing mode
  • Platform independent

Areas of use

Creating portable forms

Record customer-specific requirements on site in the field, for instance in the insurance sector, and convert them directly into binding PDF documents such as quotes or contracts. This means it is no longer necessary to first record the information manually on paper, convert it into electronic format at the workplace and then send it to the customer. These tasks are completed on site in a single step by a simple solution.

Automated form creation in the server environment

Large quantities of forms require automated server-based processing. Form data can be retrieved from databases or directly from transactions such as input via an intranet or internet portal. Data is entered automatically into PDF forms which are saved as standard PDF documents for further processing.

Other areas of use

  • Completing form fields in batch processing mode, e.g. compiling reports from a database
  • Reading out form fields, e.g. for transferring user data to a database
  • Personalizing documents by flattening form fields

Technical details

Input formats

  • PDF

Target formats

  • PDF

Operating systems

  • Windows 7 or newer
  • Windows Server 2008 or newer
  • HP-UX – PA-RISC and Itanium
  • Linux (SuSE and Red Hat on Intel)
  • Mac OS X
  • Sun Solaris

Product variants

  • Shell tool (command line for batch processing)

Next steps


Product-specific success stories

Advance Management Company, United States

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