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.NET Framework 4.5.2+

PdfDocumentFacade Class

Exposes a set of methods used to perform various operations on a PDF document without access to its inner structure.

Namespace: DevExpress.Pdf

Assembly: DevExpress.Pdf.v21.2.Core.dll


public class PdfDocumentFacade


Change AcroForm Field Options

The AcroForm property obtains a set of methods used to organize interactive forms.

Utilize one of the following methods to get form field properties:

Method Description
PdfAcroFormFacade.GetFields() Retrieves all AcroForm fields.
GetFormField Obtains properties of a field with a specific name.
and so on
Returns properties of a specific form field type.

Utilize the PdfAcroFormFacade.GetNames() method to get a list of form field names.

The code sample below retrieves all fields and changes their appearance:

using (PdfDocumentProcessor pdfDocumentProcessor = new PdfDocumentProcessor())

    PdfDocumentFacade documentFacade = pdfDocumentProcessor.DocumentFacade;
    PdfAcroFormFacade acroForm = documentFacade.AcroForm;

    //Change color settings for all form fields:
    var fields = acroForm.GetFields();
    foreach (PdfFormFieldFacade field in fields)
  private static void ChangeFormFieldColor(PdfFormFieldFacade field)
      foreach (PdfWidgetFacade pdfWidget in field)
          //Change color and border settings
          //for all form fields:
          pdfWidget.BorderWidth = 1;
          pdfWidget.BackgroundColor = new PdfRGBColor(0.81, 0.81, 0.81);
          pdfWidget.BorderColor = new PdfRGBColor(0.47, 0.44, 0.67);
          pdfWidget.FontColor = new PdfRGBColor(0.34, 0.25, 0.36);

          //Change border style for text form fields:
          if (field.Type == PdfFormFieldType.Text)
              pdfWidget.BorderStyle = PdfBorderStyle.Underline;

Manage Annotations

You can create and delete annotations, edit their content, flatten, add related comments and reviews. Refer to the following topic for more information about annotations: Annotations in PDF Documents.

Create Annotations

The PdfPageFacade.Annotations property retrieves all page annotation properties. Use the PdfDocumentFacade.Pages property to access the PdfPageFacade class.

The table below lists available annotation types and API used to create these annotations:

Annotation Class Method
Link PdfLinkAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddLinkAnnotation
Text Markup PdfTextMarkupAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddTextMarkupAnnotation
Sticky Note PdfTextAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddTextAnnotation
Caret PdfCaretAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddCaretAnnotation
Rubber Stamp PdfRubberStampAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddRubberStampAnnotation
Circle PdfCircleAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddCircleAnnotation
Square PdfSquareAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddSquareAnnotation
File Attachment PdfFileAttachmentAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddFileAttachmentAnnotation
Free Text PdfFreeTextAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddFreeTextAnnotation
Ink PdfInkAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddInkAnnotation
Line PdfLineAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddLineAnnotation
Polyline PdfPolyLineAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddPolyLineAnnotation
Polygon PdfPolygonAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddPolygonAnnotation

The code sample below creates a rubber stamp, file attachment, free text, and a circle annotation:

markup annotations

using DevExpress.Pdf;
using System;
using System.IO;

using (PdfDocumentProcessor processor = new PdfDocumentProcessor())
    // Load a document

    // Access the first page properties
    PdfPageFacade pageFacade = processor.DocumentFacade.Pages[0];

    // Define a rubber stamp rectangle
    PdfRectangle rubberStampRectangle = new PdfRectangle(663, 526, 763, 576);

    // Create a "Draft" rubber stamp annotation
    PdfRubberStampAnnotationFacade rubberStamp =
    rubberStamp.Author = "Jesse Faden";
    rubberStamp.Contents = "Made in PDF Document API";

    // Define a file attachment area
    PdfPoint attachmentPoint = new PdfPoint(52, 550);

    // Specify attachment data
    PdfFileAttachment attachment = new PdfFileAttachment()
        CreationDate = DateTime.Now,
        Description = "This is my attached file",
        FileName = "MyAttach.txt",
        Data = File.ReadAllBytes("..\\..\\FileToAttach.txt")

    // Create a file attachment annotation
    PdfFileAttachmentAnnotationFacade pdfFileAttachment =
        pageFacade.AddFileAttachmentAnnotation(attachmentPoint, attachment,
    pdfFileAttachment.Author = "Nancy Skywalker";
    pdfFileAttachment.Contents = "Additional Content";

    // Specify a free text annotation area
    PdfRectangle freeTextRectangle = new PdfRectangle(14, 321, 145, 340);

    // Create a free text annotation in this area
    PdfFreeTextAnnotationFacade freeTextAnnotation =
       pageFacade.AddFreeTextAnnotation(freeTextRectangle, "Free Text Annotation");
    freeTextAnnotation.Author = "Rayn Anita W";

    // Add a callout line
    freeTextAnnotation.SetCallout(PdfAnnotationLineEndingStyle.OpenArrow, new PdfPoint(152,351));

    // Find the target phrase in the document
    string circleText = "dogfooded";
    PdfTextSearchResults searchResults = processor.FindText(circleText);

    if (searchResults.Status == PdfTextSearchStatus.Found)
        // Define an area around the phrase to add an annotation
        PdfRectangle circleRectangle = searchResults.Rectangles[0].BoundingRectangle;

        // Create a circle annotation in this area
        PdfCircleAnnotationFacade circleAnnotation = pageFacade.AddCircleAnnotation(circleRectangle);
        circleAnnotation.Author = "Cardle Anita W";
        circleAnnotation.Contents = "It's better to say 'used' in this case";

    // Save the result

Flatten Annotations

Call one of the following methods to flatten an annotation:

Method Description
PdfDocumentFacade.FlattenAnnotations Flattens document annotations.
PdfPageFacade.FlattenAnnotations Flattens annotations of a specific page.
PdfAnnotationFacade.Flatten() Flattens a specific annotation.

The code sample below flattens all text annotations in the document:

using (PdfDocumentProcessor processor = new PdfDocumentProcessor())
  // Load a document:

  // Flatten all text annotations:
  PdfDocumentFacade documentFacade = processor.DocumentFacade;

  // Save the result:

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