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PDF Generation Add-On

  1. I know that a PDF Generation Add-On is something that GF is looking to create.
    Is there an ETA on when something like this will be available?

    Is there a way we can generate either a PDF document, or at least a formatted RTF or DOC file from submitted form data (i.e. user submits form; PDF document is created and emailed to Admin/User, or even attached to the GF database record for the form submission)?

    Has anybody out there found a work around method, until there is a proper GF add-on?

    I really really really really need this feature :)

    Thanks!

    Posted 10 years ago on Tuesday November 15, 2011 | Permalink
  2. Ditto.

    Posted 10 years ago on Tuesday November 15, 2011 | Permalink
  3. There is no ETA. We are currently working on...

    - Authorize.Net Add-On currently in alpha testing
    - Signature Add-On currently nearing beta testing

    After that...

    - MailChimp Add-On enhancements
    - FreshBooks Add-On enhancements
    - PayPal Pro Add-On

    Beyond that we have no concrete plans. We'll pick what has been the most highly requested and begin tackling them.

    Posted 10 years ago on Tuesday November 15, 2011 | Permalink
  4. Ok, thanks Carl... :(
    I know you guys keep busy...

    Posted 10 years ago on Tuesday November 15, 2011 | Permalink
  5. WebEndev, you can create a PDF, RTF or DOC as a customization right now if you need it. It's not the same as being built it to Gravity Forms, but you can do whatever you want with the form data once it's submitted.

    Posted 10 years ago on Wednesday November 16, 2011 | Permalink
  6. Chris, how do I create the customization and create a PDF dynamically using the user's name, and information? My goal is a certificate of completion.

    Posted 10 years ago on Saturday November 19, 2011 | Permalink
  7. The basic procedure would be to use the gform_after_submission hook. You have access to the form entry at that point. You can pull out whatever data you want at that point.

    Once you have the data, you need to create a PDF or other document. I would use a 3rd party library like TCPDF. http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/tcpdf

    TCPDF is a PHP class for generating PDF files on-the-fly without requiring external extensions.

    I've used the library in the past, and while it's not difficult to work with, it does take a bit of work to place all the information on the page where you want it.

    Another solution could be to display the form data in a page, and use a WordPress plugin to generate a print view or PDF view.

    There might also be 3rd parties that offer a service where you send the data to their API endpoint, and they return a PDF. I have no experience with anything like that, but I have heard about them.

    Posted 10 years ago on Saturday November 19, 2011 | Permalink
  8. Hi Chris

    Thank you fore your speedy reply!

    Is there a step-by-step tutorial that I can refer to? I looked into DocRaptor, a web-based service. It's not free, but the cost is $0.02 per document which is not that bad. They have documentation on how to use their API. Would that be something that it's easier to implement or write a tutorial about? I spent the last 2 days trying to find out where to start: where to insert the code, and how to tie the two ends. Unfortunately, I am not a programmer, and that's where the key lies :)

    Posted 10 years ago on Monday November 21, 2011 | Permalink
  9. The service we have been looking at for PDF functionality is http://pdfcrowd.com. We generally stick with 3rd party services when we create an add-on, so we can leverage existing API's. PDFCrowd is a solid solution and it is one we will be creating an Add-On for down the road.

    Posted 10 years ago on Monday November 21, 2011 | Permalink
  10. Thank you Carl! That's very exciting news!! Please update if there's a timeline for the PDF add-on, I know you guys have a a lot of work coming up. I'm trying to plan our marketing and when we can look into processing auto-pdfs.
    I appreciate your immediate response, and it's really the fastest response I've had on a support forum. Thank you!

    Posted 10 years ago on Tuesday November 22, 2011 | Permalink

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