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Jul 26, 2020

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I'd like to create a PDF form in which users can enter a value and have it shown visually on this chart. (Chart.pdf)

From the casual research I've done so far, it seems dynamic charts don't exist in the world of PDFs, but I was hoping there might be some sort of clunky workaround.

 

Really all that would need to happen is two lines be moved vertically or horizontally depending on the values the user inputs in the form fields. You can see in the illustration I've attached, titled "Example.pdf" if the user values were 1 and 1 (1 being relative to Earths radius/mass) then the lines would illustrate that accordingly. 

Is there any way to achieve this kind of data visualization inside a PDF?

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PDF form with dynamic chart or movable page element

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I'd like to create a PDF form in which users can enter a value and have it shown visually on this chart. (Chart.pdf)

From the casual research I've done so far, it seems dynamic charts don't exist in the world of PDFs, but I was hoping there might be some sort of clunky workaround.

 

Really all that would need to happen is two lines be moved vertically or horizontally depending on the values the user inputs in the form fields. You can see in the illustration I've attached, titled "Example.pdf" if the user values were 1 and 1 (1 being relative to Earths radius/mass) then the lines would illustrate that accordingly. 

Is there any way to achieve this kind of data visualization inside a PDF?

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Jul 27, 2020

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If the lines were straight then it would have been possible to do it using a script, but with those kinds of lines that would be extremely complicated. I'm afraid that what you're asking for goes beyond the capabilities of PDF files.

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I thought that might be the case, so I emotionally prepared myself to be told such. Thanks for your response! 

 

Edit: Also, if I may trouble you, Javascript seems a bit overwhelming. Do you have any helpful resources you'd recommend for someone starting out meddling with Javascript for PDFs? 

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All browsers natively support HTML, CSS and JavaScript code.  Web based interactive forms are most likely what you want for this. 

 

This shows how to create a visual report with Jot Forms (3rd party service).

https://www.jotform.com/help/187-How-to-Create-a-Visual-Report-with-Your-Form-Submissions

 

This one uses Google sheets with Google forms.

https://shift.newco.co/2016/11/14/how-to-create-a-dynamic-chart-in-google-sheets-using-google-forms/

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
Alt-Web.com

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