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Do we have any tool to convert a PDF to a Maestro form (we had something similar with Composer I recall).

If so, what are the limitations

If not, is there a plan to

 

Thanks

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      Hi Garry

      Doing a completely automated translation of a PDF form to Maestro is pretty much impossible, given how different a static PDF is to a Maestro "experience".

      However, we do have some functionality that will try to identify, and extract all the fields from a PDF. This uses some software from one of our partners to process the PDF and do field recognition. Even this needs some manual intervention, because sometimes the automated software does better or worse at different styles of PDF.

      The results of this third party tool are:

      1. A list of fields and their types. (This list of fields can be imported into Composer - for Maestro, it would need to be converted.)
      2. A "field overlay" PDF suitable for use in Transact. See this page for more details: How to import an Acrobat PDF form as a Transact receipt template (AcroForms)

      The bottom line is that this tool is probably only useful if:

      1. You have a fairly large number of PDF forms to convert. If you have just a few, doing it by hand is probably going to be quicker than learning this new tool.
      2. The mapping from PDF to Maestro form is relatively straight forward. If it's mostly just about the field list, you'll save a bunch of time. If there are lots of business rules, Dynamic data services, etc, then the overall saving will probably be less.
      3. The tool works well on the particular style of PDF you're trying to import. If #1 and #2 are satisfied, we can take a look at how well it works.

       

       

      1. Garry Jackson

        Thanks Howard, useful to know that we can port the output from composer structure through to maestro, as per comment below, we are not at the stage of proper evaluation just yet - but the information here will assist in this process moving forward. 

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      No, this functionality neither exists nor is planned. If it is of interest to you , please raise an AVT.

      1. Garry Jackson

        Ok thanks, we aren't at the stage yet and are just evaluating in light of options currently available and possibly planned - it may never crop up as a project for a while. I can comment separately on the detail on this outside of this forum if required.

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