PDF Form Source

PDF Form Source in Astera Centerprise enables users to extract data from a PDF form directly without creating an extraction template.

Configuring the PDF Form Source Object

  1. To get a PDF Form Source from the Toolbox, go to Toolbox > Sources > PDF Form Source. If you’re unable to see the toolbox, go to View > Toolbox or press Ctrl + Alt + X.


  1. Drag-and-drop the PDF Form Source object onto the designer.


You can see that the dragged source object is empty right now. This is because we haven’t configured it yet.

  1. To configure the PDF Form Source object, right-click on its header and select Properties from the context menu.


A configuration window for PDF Form Source will open up.


  1. Provide the File Path of the PDF file (your report).


  • Owner Password – Use this option if your PDF file is password protected
  • Use UTF-8 Encoding – Use this option if your data follows a Unicode standard
  1. Click Next, this is the Layout Builder screen. Here you can change the field names and their data types.


  1. Click OK. Observe that the PDF Form Source object that was previously empty, now has a layout.


  1. Right-click on header of PDF Form Source object and select Preview Output from the context menu.


A Data Preview window will open up showing you the preview of the extracted data.