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PDF Manipulator for Mac acts as a plug-in that allows you to exchange data between FileMaker Pro and Acrobat Pro, helping you to easily create PDFs from a single template file for each of your database entries. A lightweight plug-in, it works great and can save you a lot of time that otherwise would have been devoted to manual data entry.
To use PDF Manipulator for Mac, you have to copy the plug-in file to the FileMaker extensions folder. Also, you need to install the Acrobat version of the plug-in by selecting Show Package Contents in the app and copying the Acrobat plug-in to the plug-in folder. Once that is done, you can extract the text content and metadata such as title, subject, author, creator, and keywords from your PDF files directly into FileMaker. The plug-in gets a thumbs up for letting you combine multiple PDF files using a single FileMaker script and print PDF files directly from FileMaker. When testing the plug-in, we were able to transfer a PDF of 150KB between Acrobat Pro and FileMaker in less than ten seconds.
PDF Manipulator for Mac expands the capabilities of both FileMaker and Acrobat Pro, allowing you to transfer information between them more quickly and conveniently. If you use forms a lot and would like to speed up the processing time, you will love this plug-in.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of PDF Manipulator for Mac 220.127.116.11.
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From Productive Computing:
The PDF Manipulator Plug-in allows you to exchange data between FileMaker Pro and Adobe Acrobat PDF files that have embedded fields. You first create a PDF file with fields (requires Professional version of Adobe Acrobat) then within a script calling the PDF Manipulator Plug-in, you can move data back and forth between FileMaker and the PDF file. The plug-in allows you to easily create a customized PDF for each record in your database based off of a single PDF file you use as a template. Another feature included in the plug-in allows you to extract field data from the completed PDF and insert it back into FileMaker. All of this is possible without using complex data exchange methods or Adobe FDF files. The plug-in also supports combining and deleting PDF files for further automation of the PDF process.