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Integrating Java webapps with Adobe Professional: Resources?

 
George Impagliazo
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I'm interested in learning what resources there are for integrating Java and Adobe Professional, in general. If it helps, my projects already use the Spring Framework. My boss is particularly interested in being able to fill out a PDF form from within a Java webapp and have that data go directly to our database. She mentioned that .net had a lot of bridges to Adobe Professional. I would rather new projects be in Java so I am eager to find if there are any easy bridges between Java and Adobe Professional. Thanks in advance for any information.

So far a Google search on "Java Adobe Professional" didn't turn up anything, so I thought I would ask here. Thanks.
 
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There are numerous Java PDF libraries available you can use to fill out AcroForms in PDFs, if that's all you mean by "integrating Java and Adobe Professional".
 
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Having the name of a few of those would be a start.

My boss specifically mentioned being able to fill out a PDF form from within a Java web app, then sending the information directly to the database.

She wasn't sure about exactly what she wanted after that. She mentioned digital signatures. Mostly she met with .net developers from another project who told her about how nice the integration between .net and Adobe Acrobat Professional is, with the implication being that whatever Adobe had as far as features go can be easily integrated into .net. She asked me to research what is there as far as Java and bridges to Adobe Professional.

I think I just inherited the job of selling her on Java for new work and it would help to say "yes, there is this, this, this, and that" along those lines.
 
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PDFBox and iText come to mind. (With iText, pay particular attention to the licensing differences between iText 2 and iText 5.)
 
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Ulf Dittmer wrote:PDFBox and iText come to mind. (With iText, pay particular attention to the licensing differences between iText 2 and iText 5.)


Excellent.

Have you used either library?

Would either give the ability to digitally sign documents?

Would either give the ability to embed a PDF form in a JSP?

If so, are these capabilities well developed ( easily, quickly done in a reasonable amount of time ) or are those features more geared towards building most of it yourself?

Thanks
 
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