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Prefilling LiveCycle forms on the web


Former Community Member

We currently prefill PDFs (created in Acrobat Professional 8 or a prior version) using FDF files created dynamically in PHP. What we want to do is the same thing, but using LiveCycle Designer 8. It appears that FDF no longer works and some sort of XML is now required. What do we need to do to make this work?


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Former Community Member
As a starter, the mechanism for prefilling forms is to set up a

b DataConnection

(see Window->Data View). Right-click on DataConnection and select "New Data Connection". Point the connection to your XML file that contains data you wish use for the prefill.

On each form field you wish to prefill, select the

i Binding

tab in the

i Object

window. Next to the Default Binding field is a drop-down menu. Use it to navigate to the specific entry in the XML file you wish to be "bound" to this field.


Former Community Member
You will then need to merge the data with the form template using LiveCycle Forms ES server or some 3rd party library capable of merging XFA documents with data.