Ronshuller 2012-01-05 05:20:18
I’m a very new Go Live user. What I really want is to have my clients be able to complete an interactive pdf form and attach that completed PDF form (including the data) to an email and send back to me. I want the form including the data sent back to me. Is that possible?
Thanks in advance for anyhelp anyone can give me!
Mike_d 2012-01-05 05:21:10
That’s very doable….however your clients will not be able to save their input on the form if they only have Adobe “Reader”. To save form field input you need to use The full version of “Acrobat” or now I hear you can use “Acrobat Elements”.
Not really a GL issue, BTW.
Ronshuller 2012-01-05 05:21:15
But, my clients will only have (for the most part) the reader!
So, how would they attach the full completed form to an email if they can’t save it after completion?
Remember, I really want a completed form with data attached to the email, not just the data attached!
And if that’s not possible, how would I take just the data (attached to an email) and convert it automatically back in to the form at the destination?
Thanks so much for your help!
Michael_ahgren 2012-01-05 05:21:19
Acro 8 has some great features for collecting data.
When the user has filled in the form (s)he hits the submit button and the form is sent to you. So, you get the form with all the entered data. There are several important reasons to why you get the entire form and not just the data, one of those is the fact that the form can be digitally signed or have a 2D bar code.
When you received the email you can, by pushing a button, let Acro collect the data, but you still have the “original” form left.
The data collection can be sorted and viewed in Acro, but it can also be exported to Excel or Access or any application that can read a .csv file.
Even the distribution process is automated, and it will only take you seconds to send out the form to 500 people (which is the max limit).
If you are planning on not distributing the form but posting it to your web site things will be a bit different, and I haven’t tried that yet with Acro 8, so in that case you better post your questions in the Acro forum.
PS. Just like Mike said the users can’t save the form. It’s possible to extend the functionality of the user’s Reader install, but that’s something you will have to pay for. There are a number of hidden features in Reader that can be locked up by going through a server, but that’s something I’ve never tried. You can read more about it on the Adobe site.
Ronshuller 2012-01-05 05:21:39
Please check out the form at
Please understand that I know almost nothing about Acrobat.
You say that the actual form and data can be submitted but I cannot find a way to do so.
Also, something else is wrong with this form as it shuts down Acrobat Reader 8 when you the click submit button on Page #1 near the bottom.
I would love to speak to you personally if you would be nice enough to give me a call at 513-543-1808 anytime up to 8:00 PM EST .
Thanks in advance for your help.
Michael_ahgren 2012-01-05 05:21:48
Was that form made in Acro 7 or earlier? I think the “getting the entire form” was introduced in 8.
I think you should post your questions over at the Acro forum, I’ve very new to Acro 8 so I can’t offer much help, and like that wasn’t enough I’m living in Sweden, so the phone call might get a bit expensive… 🙂
Brian_drouilla 2012-01-07 04:53:33
I am in the same predicament as you. The organization is using Reader 6.0 and although I have created the webform they can not submit a completed form by email.
Have you had any luck in resolving the issue?