- June 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm #773
We have an off-premise license of perfectforms and we are using the product for a proposal approval processes. When the process is complete and everyone approves, I would like to archive the form data and file attachments to a local database. I am familiar with software development and API’s. With that in mind, what is the best strategy to do this? I understand the API xml process but haven’t found a lot of information on the GetAsset function and how to download instance file attachments. Thank you.June 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm #5746
The only way to access or delete a file attachment is in the instance to which it was attached. PerfectForms does not support migrating or moving attachments. You can use the Connection Agent to programatically write all of the instance data to an outside data source (depending on the type). Here is a link to the page in our help documentation regarding the Connection Agent: http://www.perfectforms.com/Documentation/manual/html/?lookup_agent.htmJune 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm #5747
Just to clarify, by “all of the instance data” you are referring to all of the data except that of the file attachments associate with the instance, correct?
If that is the case, I would like to ask Perfectforms to add this feature to their product. Having a way to programmatically save all instance data (files included) is a very important and, what I would consider, basic feature.
Again, is there ANY strategy or workaround to this issue?June 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm #5748
Yes, I was referring to all form data except attachments. Attachments CAN be transferred but the filename will not transfer with it. You will see that there is an attachment, but not what it is.
What type of database are you populating?June 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm #5749
Thank you. I was going to use MySQL but MSSQL is also an option. To be honest, it could be a flat file as we don’t have many proposal submissions a year. The idea is that we want a complete local copy of the form instances with all of the field data and the files that were attached to it. The actual file is the proposal submission and is the most important piece. The form is simply the metadata surrounding the workflow (i.e. updates and comments from the different decision makers and their approval, disapproval of the proposal). Again, is there not a way to get the complete form instance information?
MikeJune 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm #5750
On a related note, how can you see that there is an attachment? I’m able to go through the Visual Studio’s demo and see field data in a table but when I try to show an attachment field, no column shows up. Regular data fields do but not attachment fields.
Also, I got a form to output to PDF using the GetFormInstancePDF (very cool!). The name of the file is on that PDF form. I also noticed that there is a GetAsset method available but it doesn’t say what the assetID is supposed to be or how to retrieve it. I used the GetFormInstanceData method and got some xml that had weird ID strings and no values associated with the file attachments. Is there a way to use the methods to return the right assetID so I can use the GetAsset method to download the files I need?June 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm #5751
Using the Connection Agent you can programmatically write all instance data to a SQL DB table.June 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm #5752
When making database connections using the connection agent, can you pass file attachment values in the send parameters section of the action so that I can store the files in the database?
And from my previous post: Is there a way to use the methods to return the right assetID so I can use the GetAsset method to download the files I need? What are get and set asset methods supposed to be used for?June 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm #5753May 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm #6111
So, how is GetFormInstancePDF called? I have set up a new action under the Server API connection, but I only get back GetFormInstancePDFResult (which is always 7) and tokenOut, but never a pdf element.
If I auto-complete the return parameters, the base64Binary pdf element is not added.
I am elated that the call to the web service is working, but I can make use of it.May 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm #6112
Hmmm, perhaps I need to use my key to get a token first?May 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm #6114
Please see our help guide regarding API security. http://www.perfectforms.com/Documentation/manual/html/?security_tokens.htm. You are correct, you must first obtain a token.May 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm #6117
Thanks. So, I have this working and generating subsequent tokenOut’s as it should, but I am still getting a 7 return code, meaning “invalid parameters”.
What are legal values for section, appendixWidthInches and appendixHeightInches?May 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm #6118
This is the relevant section of the help guide: http://www.perfectforms.com/Documentation/manual/html/?fg_getforminstancepdf.htm
• appendixWidthInches – This is the width of a PDF page, in inches. This can be whatever value to which the form has been created.
• appendixHeightInches – This is the height of a PDF page, in inches. This can be whatever value to which the form has been created.
• section – This allows for generating different parts of form. Possible values:
o complete – (default value), generates form pages along with appendix pages
o form – generates only form pages
o appendix – generates only appendix pages
o separate – generates two separate files, one for form pages and one form appendix pagesMay 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm #6119
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