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DC Forms, copying a form label and its data from Adobe

Explorer ,
Oct 12, 2023 Oct 12, 2023

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Hi.  I've searched through and not found my exact issue.  Some are close.

 

I have what will be a "complicated" form (at least for me).  Here's what I need to do:

* Have a "cost calculation" section where staff calculate the costs associated with their travel (hotel, meals, transportation, etc.). These are all calculated fields (number of nights X cost of hotel, etc.) This step, I'm fine with.

* Summarize that data into the several lines that will grab data from the caclulations above.  (For instance, the meals section will add together the # of breakfasts X the cost of breakfast PLUS the # of dinners X the cost of dinner.)  This step I'm fine with.

* Then, I need another bureau to be able to COPY that summary (Lodging/Meals/Transportation/Total) out of Adobe into an application they work with.  This is where I am having trouble.

 

When I copy the summary out, I only get the words, not the data that has been entered.  The data has to be pulled field by field.

Below is a SIMPLE mock-up for the purposes of seeing what I'm seeing.  If the fields are completed as follows (the dollar amounts are calculated):

Meals:  $100

Lodging:  $280

Transportation:  $200

Total:   $580

 

Now, if I do a copy/paste, all that shows up is:

Meals:

Lodging:

Transportation:

Total:

 

If I need the dollar amounts, those have to be individually copies...

 

Is there a way to create a summary that can be copied as ONE grab?

 

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Community Expert , Oct 14, 2023 Oct 14, 2023

At calculation of the text field you can use this:

event.value = "Lodging Total " + this.getField("LodgingTotal").value + "\nMeals Total " + this.getField("MealsTotal").value + ...

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Community Expert , Oct 18, 2023 Oct 18, 2023

Use a multi-line text field.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 12, 2023 Oct 12, 2023

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In Adobe Acrobat you can flattern the form fields.

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Explorer ,
Oct 13, 2023 Oct 13, 2023

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Bernd, thank you for responding so quickly.  So, I have never used flatten form fields before, but in what I just looked at, it seems that only works with Acrobat.  Most of our users will be using Reader to complete and send and receive our form.

Any other thoughts?

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Oct 13, 2023 Oct 13, 2023

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With a script put labels and data in a multi-line form text field.

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Oct 13, 2023 Oct 13, 2023

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That could be beyond me.  I've done a tiny bit in Java, but can't seem to make this work.

So, can you assist with a simple example and then I should be able to tweak it to make it work for me.

 

Form Fields are as follows:

1) LodgingTotal

2) MealsTotal

 

The values of these two fields are all calculated numeric field.  We'll say $100, $50 respectively.

 

I would like the output (what is able to be copied out of Adobe and pasted into a separate database) to be:

Lodging Total $100

Meals Total $50

Total $150

 

How do I create the script for this?  

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Oct 14, 2023 Oct 14, 2023

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At calculation of the text field you can use this:

event.value = "Lodging Total " + this.getField("LodgingTotal").value + "\nMeals Total " + this.getField("MealsTotal").value + ...

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Oct 16, 2023 Oct 16, 2023

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Oh, my gosh!!!!  I think that will work!  I will play with it and see what I can come up with.  This is fantastic!!!  Thank you!

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Oct 18, 2023 Oct 18, 2023

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So, I can't get the \n to work to create a new line.  Is there a trick?  I'm using Acrobat Pro, on a Windows 10 Enterprise computer, if that makes a difference. 

So, the results are coming out 

Lodging Total 210 Meals Total 120

 

Rather than 

Lodging Total 210

Meals Total 120

 

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Use a multi-line text field.

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Thank you.  Now I feel stupid!  I had it set as that, but have deleleted the field a couple of times to fix another issue (the fact that I needed to change the field calculation order), and lost the multi-line....

 

Thank you, AGAIN!

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