San Diego, CA – December 31, 2002 Productive Computing, Inc. announces the release of the PDF Manipulator Plug-in. This new plug-in allows you to exchange data between FileMaker Pro and Adobe Acrobat PDF files that have embedded fields. You first create a PDF file with fields (requires full version of Adobe Acrobat) then within a script calling the PDF Manipulator Plug-in, you can move data back and forth between FileMaker and the PDF file. The plug-in allows you to easily create a customized PDF for each record in your database based off of a single PDF file you use as a template. Another feature included in the plug-in allows you to extract field data from the completed PDF and insert it back into FileMaker. All of this is possible without using Adobe FDF files or other complex data exchange methods.
Why would you want to have fields in a PDF? The power of embedded fields within a PDF gives the user the ability to add, edit and store personalized data directly in the PDF file. This is useful for filling out forms (as used by the Internal Revenue Service for tax forms) and distributing them in an easy and secure format that is accepted worldwide. PDF fields also allow you to build calculations, drop down boxes and more for complex and flexible data manipulation.