Use a PDF to auto-build a database table
Auto-build an Afterpattern database table from a PDF where the table has a column for each field you select from the PDF:
Use this feature in conjunction with 'auto-build app from table' to quickly develop Afterpattern automations that populate PDFs.
Learn how the two auto-build features work together.
In this lesson:
Preparing the PDF
The PDF must have fillable fields with labels. You can use Adobe Acrobat's prepare form feature:
Using the PDF to auto-build a table
From your Afterpattern database, click 'Auto-build table' and upload your PDF:
Next, decide which fillable fields should become a column in your new database table. By default, all fillable fields are selected to become columns in your table; to select a field, click on the associated toggle:
For each fillable field that is selected to create a column, you can specify:
- Column name: the label this column will have in your database.
- Data type: the type of data this column will be able to contain.