Forms Emulation

Customers often ask how to include their pdf forms in ReportBuilder so they can do forms emulation like┬áthe tax form shown in one of the Developer’s Guide tutorials.┬áThe solution is convert the PDF to a metafile (WMF/EMF). A high quality metafile will contain a list of Windows GDI commands required to render the form to the screen or printer. This produces very high quality output.

e-Transform 2000

http://www.g7ps.com

The tax form in our tutorial was created by a customer. He used the MIPS Transform Suite to do it at the time. This product has since been renamed to e-Transform 2000.

 

Adobe Illustrator

http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator/

Another option is Adobe Illustrator 10. Although we haven’t tried it, we have heard that is has excellent support of vector graphic format conversions.

 

Irfanview

http://www.irfanview.com

Other customers recommend an application called Irfanview. It is available as freeware for non-commercial use and is reportedly very simple to use.

 

pstoedit

http://www.pstoedit.net/pstoedit

Another open source freeware product.