Not really. You can access a web-service using the Net.HTTP object, but you can't just access a URL and use its contents (unless you convert it to a PDF file first, which is very tricky since it's done asynchronously).
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Is the URL local (file:///...) or HTTP?
Ok, there is a way, but it's old and I haven't tried it. There are a set of command line parameters you can use when opening a PDF.
One of these is a references to an FDF file. The FDF file could easily contain either a script that sets a document level variable, or it could fill a hidden form field.
Thanks for the link. I see in that PDF:
Acrobat.exe /A "zoom=1000" "C:\example.pdf"
So I was hoping I could so something like:
Not only is an FDF file the only reasonable way to pass data into the PDF using these options, PDF was built for FDF. It's a fantastic way to get stuff into a PDF. Its not just form data, its all kinds of things. For example, you can update page content with an FDF.