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I have seen this done on many sites such as banks where you request a report or something and you get an email with a PDF that has all of your information (pulled out of a database) and it is embedded on to a nice looking form letter and converted to a PDF.

What I need is the ability to have a couple of Custom Profile Fields that the member would be able to fill in on their profile, I know how to do this. Then I would like to have a small picture of some brochures on a CommPage that are linked to a Web App.Then I would like to have the  Web App pull the info from those fields and embedded them into either a PDF file or a power point file that was represented in the picture that they clicked on, then convert it to a PDF and email it to the member or provide a link for them to download it.

Any thoughts, tips or ideas to get me headed in the right directions would be greatly appreciated.
 

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OCP 4.3.2 & 5.0.1
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Hi,

What follows probably isn't very practically helpful as it's a programming thing, but I've done this kind of thing for some big insurance companies and used something called fpdi.

If you do have a budget for this and would like to consider having ocProducts helping out, please open a support ticket about it.


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Hey Chris,

Thank you so much for your quick reply but at around $150,000 - $500,000 US I think I'm going to have to pass on this idea. Wow, they must be really proud of their software. Thanks anyway.
 

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Not sure what is being sold for that, but fpdi's free :).


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Oops,

Sorry maybe I jumped the gun, I am on kind of a limited budget so when I went to the site one of the first things I saw was a link for pricing that took me to http://www.setasign.de/products/pdf-php-solutions/setapdf-stamper/pricing/ So I thought no way. I will go back, slow down and try it again now that my heart has slowed back down a little :lol:
 

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Ah right :). Also what's a bit confusing there is in mainland Europe they often interchange the commas and decimal points to how the English speaking countries use them.


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Hi Chris, hi Rick,

for sure Chris is right! The decimal seperator and the thousands seperator differs from our country to yours. We're a "Dot country" -> Decimal separator - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. We were not aware that this issue is that confusing to people in "Comma countries", sorry for the shock Rick! I hope your heart is ok again! :lol: As you're not the only one I just updated the labeling…  ;)

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Jan,

Thanks for the update, that is much more reasonable. I understand some software is targeted for high end businesses and is very expensive but it can be very off putting to us mere mortals that don't own our own banks.
 

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ROTFLMAO!

I originate from India. I've lived in the UK all my adult life. I now live in Portugal.

I was amused by Jan's explanation about the difference between "Dot-countries" and "Comma-countries", but he failed to mention India where, if you've never lived in that country, their accounting system is totally alien.

I made a weak attempt to explain this on my site. If they are going to become a force in financial matters, as some pundits agree is inevitable, I wonder if the rest of the world is going to have to learn something NEW?

Take my advice. I'm not using it!

View my working ocPortal site (version 9.x.x) at Anglo-Indian Portal
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