Use the PDF widget to provide a PDF document with application data. You
can embed the PDF document in a custom form or open it in a new browser window.
The widget includes standard PDF document features, such as printing and
saving to file. This means users can have a printed version of application
data, and can e-mail a saved version of the PDF document containing the
application data to others.
The document presented to users is based on a template added to the PDF
widget on your form. You can map fields in your application to fields in the
template, or you can provide static values. For guidelines, refer to
Field Mapping Rules.
The following guidelines apply to the PDF widget:
- PDF templates created with Adobe® Acrobat® 9 Pro are supported. The
PDF documents must be PDF version 1.4 or later.
- To view PDF documents and use their features, users must have Adobe®
Reader® installed on their computers. To view PDF documents in preview mode or
test your process app, you must have this application installed as well. If
this application is not installed, a link to the Adobe Reader download page is
- In preview mode, the PDF template is displayed, but the input fields
are not populated with runtime data.
- The input field names can contain a maximum of 128 characters.
- To support Unicode characters, make sure that "plain text"
is not enabled for fields during the creation of the PDF document.
- If the number of characters in a text field is too large, scroll bars
are presented so users can see all of the text. However, if this text field is
mapped to an input field in a PDF template, the extra text is truncated and
cannot be seen. To prevent this, make sure the input field in the template is
large enough to accommodate the expected amount of text.
- By default, the PDF widget does not support application data that
contains rich text. Administrators can enable support for rich text by
following the steps described in solution
For a sample template, refer to
S137510 in the
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