ERP5 PDF Form allows easy creation of reports with an arbitrary and unrestricted
layout - you can take any pdf document you like and place dynamically filled
slots on it. It is particularly useful for filing tax forms, can also be used
to produce nice-looking financial statements and other documents.
Table of Contents
Get Scribus (>=1.3.1 - version 1.3.0 can crash when placing image frames, version
>= 220.127.116.11 is required to use some utf-8 fonts in the form). Some recent rpm
could be found at http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/mrdocs/
If your tax form has multiple pages, split it into separate files (can be gifs,
jpegs or any other graphic formats).
Create a document in Scribus; place an image frame on the whole page, then set
your form as the frame's background).
Draw fields on your document:
If you want to have the same fonts in the pdf file and scribus file, you must
export the fonts during the pdf creation step (using 'Fonts' tab in the 'save as pdf' window).
If you don't have some very specifics property (like transparency , 128 bits
encryption, ...) you must select PDF 1.3 compatibility to have the best
compatibility and avoid fonts problems.
Add "ERP5 PDF Form", selecting your pdf file (you can change it later by going
to the "edit" tab and uploading another file).
Go to the "Edit Cell TALES" tab - you should see all the fields you created in
your pdf. Fill them with appropriate formulas, either pure TALES or the "python:"
ones. The expressions recognize "here" and "request" global variables.
To make filling formulas in easier, you can generate a form with field names
shown as field values (click on "Display Cell Names" tab).
You can use your form as any other executable content type (as target in dialog
form, for example). The result will be a pdf file shipped straight to the user's browser.