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Math calculations in PDF forms?

asked 2015-03-16 22:11:50 +0200

Statler Waldorf gravatar image

From LibreOffice, is it possible to create a PDF form which performs mathematical calculations?

If so, how?

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answered 2015-03-20 16:32:36 +0200

Statler Waldorf gravatar image

I still do not know if this is possible with LO. However, my research lead me to an open-source tool call Scribus ( http://www.scribus.net ) which allowed me to build my PDF Form with calculated fields.

Thank you all for your input.

Statler Waldorf.

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answered 2015-03-16 23:32:51 +0200

updated 2015-03-16 23:33:58 +0200

It seems PDF has JavaScript scripting support. Just google for

pdf scripting

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Thanks rautamiekka. A quick search turned up this sample document: http://www.pdfscripting.com/public/Fr...

Is it possible to accomplish this in LO?

Statler Waldorf gravatar imageStatler Waldorf ( 2015-03-17 15:57:14 +0200 )edit
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answered 2015-04-08 17:28:49 +0200

vsiegel gravatar image

Answering what I expected from the title - in case someone else reads the question expecting the same :

To calculate expressions in the input fields of the from itself (which is different from what the question body asks for):

It could be done using an utility software that helps evaluating expressions inside the input fields:

An example would be Typinator (Mac OS) which advertises the feature "Inline Calculation".

Another approach would be a calculator utility that mirrors its output to a form field (or manual copy and paste to a calculator, of course) (I do not know whether that exists; Should be possible to do it with something like AutoKey)

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answered 2015-03-16 23:28:49 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

A pdf-file is merely a printed document in a universal format. I cannot imagine that a pdf-file can make mathematical calculations.

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It can, I have seen it. Based on theory which I have also studied you can even animate content in a PDF by use of JavaScript. As I recall, a PDF contains something like PostScript code which in itself is a programming language for graphical documents. Or so I recall.

lazarus477 gravatar imagelazarus477 ( 2019-07-24 01:01:06 +0200 )edit
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A pdf document is written in postscript. Postscript is a very powerful and full computer language. It is not only quite possible to do calculations in Postscript, but the print job itself is produced from this language. For example, many years ago I adjusted a postscript print job to tile out a small page onto many pages to make 18' wide signs, but based on an 8.5 x 11" page just by encapsulating the postscript with more postscript.

EasyTrieve gravatar imageEasyTrieve ( 2019-07-24 14:48:10 +0200 )edit
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