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Replaces a text with a new text.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
DynaPDF 3.4 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
MBS( "DynaPDF.ReplacePattern"; PDF; Text; NewText { ; Alignment; NewFontSize; NewFontStyle; NewCharacterSpacing; NewTextScaling; NewTextRise; NewTextColor } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
PDF The PDF reference returned from DynaPDF.New. $pdf
Text The text to search. "Hello"
NewText The text to replace the found location with. "World"
Alignment The new alignment you want. 0 = Left, 1 = Center and 2 = Right. May not work with rotated text. 0 Optional
NewFontSize The new font size to use. Use -1 to keep whatever it is. Due to matrix scaling in pdf, the size here may be far off. Optional
NewFontStyle The new font style. Use -1 to keep whatever it is. e.g. 4 for underline, 2 for bold, 1 for italic or a combination. See dynapdf manual for more values for font styles. 0 Optional
NewCharacterSpacing The new character spacing value. See also DynaPDF.SetCharacterSpacing.
If undefined, keeps current character spacing.
2 Optional
NewTextScaling The text scaling to use. Optional
NewTextRise The text rise to use.
In percent of text height as plugin multipies y by given factor.
NewTextColor Available in MBS FileMaker Plugin 9.1 or newer.
The new stroke & fill color.
Pass negative number to keep existing color.
MBS( "DynaPDF.RGB"; 0; 0; 255 ) Optional


Returns number of locations found.


Replaces a text with a new text.
You need to have an open page. you can use DynaPDF.EditPage to edit an existing one.
Needs DynaPDF Pro license.


Replace placeholder with text:

MBS("DynaPDF.ReplacePattern"; $pdf; "<<PLZ Ort>>"; "56645 Nickenich")

Replace some texts with different alignment:

Set Variable [ $r1 ; Value: MBS("DynaPDF.ReplacePattern"; $pdf; "Hello1"; "Hello World"; 0) ]
Set Variable [ $r2 ; Value: MBS("DynaPDF.ReplacePattern"; $pdf; "Hello3"; "Hello World"; 1) ]
Set Variable [ $r3 ; Value: MBS("DynaPDF.ReplacePattern"; $pdf; "Hello5"; "Hello World"; 2) ]

Replace text, make it centered and underlined:

MBS("DynaPDF.ReplacePattern"; $pdf; "Hello3"; "Hello World"; 1; -1; 4)

See also

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Created 18th August 2014, last changed 22nd October 2021

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