UTA PDF Parser

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How.png This article will explain how you can implement this feature for use on your SmartSimple system.

SmartSimple's UTA PDF Parser allows for fillable forms in PDF format to be downloaded from SmartSimple, completed offline and then re-uploaded to create records within SmartSimple.


The settings page for the UTA PDF Parser is accessed through the Global Settings page, under the Integrations section. Instructions on how to configure a new PDF Parser are available at this page: UTA PDF Parser - Configuration Instructions. A video describing the PDF Parser functionality has also been prepared and is available here: UTA PDF Parser - Video

The following is a run-through of the UTA PDF Parser functionality as implemented on a demonstration copy of SmartSimple.

Example of Implemented UTA PDF Parser

Generating the PDF

Access the PDF by opening up a grant record. Click on the Documents tab located on the top.
Documents Tab.png
Locate “Site Visit Form” and click Open to generate a PDF. This PDF will be pre-populated with the client organization details. At the very bottom will be two fields which store unique identifiers for the grant.

Filling Out the PDF

  1. Open the PDF using Adobe Reader. Be sure to have the latest version.
  2. The PDF contains sample questions from the following sections:
  • Summary
  • Area of Focus Alignment
  • Eligibility
  • Evaluation

Each of these questions corresponds with the matching fields located within SmartSimple. When finished filling out the fields, in Adobe Reader go to File -> Save.

Uploading the PDF

Within the Staff role, under the category of PDF Uploader, click on the icon labeled PDF Uploader to access the basket.

  • The URL is '/FileUpload/app_basket.jsp'

Drag and drop your filled out PDF into the area shown below in order to upload the file.

If you run into this error in Firefox, you will need to update your Java or just click on the gray on the box to continue.


Once the file is uploaded, the parser runs every 5 minutes and will process the file. Once the file has been processed, it will no longer appear in the list of uploaded PDFs when you refresh the page.

The PDF Parser will only successfully function when using PDF files. If you try adding a non-PDF files you will be notified via an alert at the bottom of the upload window.

Any actual PDF files included will not be loaded until the offending document is removed and the user has manually click the Start Upload button.


Once the PDF has been processed, navigate to the Grant to view the record.

The parser performs the following functions:

  • Creates a new Level 2 record called "Site Visit" and sets status to "Submitted"
  • Attaches a copy of the uploaded PDF into a multiple file field located at the bottom of the Level 2 record.
  • The L2 record will have the following sections populated with data:
  • Summary
  • Question 1
  • Area of Focus Alignment
  • Question 2
  • Question 3
  • Eligibility
  • Question 4
  • Question 5
  • Evaluation

Re-uploading the file to create a new record

Change the Date of Visit in order to have the application create a new record if re-uploading the same file


See Also

Why.jpeg Click here to learn why this feature is a benefit to your organization.