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Can a user fill out form in Acrobat Reader?

 5:54 am on Aug 3, 2010 (gmt 0)


Can't find a straight answer to this. If I create a form in PDF, can users fill out that form, then save and send it back to me if they just have Acrobat Reader?




 9:57 am on Aug 3, 2010 (gmt 0)



 10:56 am on Aug 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard * Enable Reader users to save form data [help.adobe.com]


 2:15 pm on Aug 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

So according the the URL above, this facility can be given to users of Acrobat Reader 8 or higher but it won't work for previous versions of Adobe!?


 4:33 pm on Aug 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

This is a historical problem with Acrobat, goes way back. To do this you **used** to have to have an enterprise (or professional?) version of Acrobat, and every user that would read the saved PDF's would have to have a copy, requiring a multi user license. Very spendy.

You can, however, use Standard to create form controls and submit the data to a URL. As mentioned above, some of that may have changed. I think the world has moved on to more cooperative tools for collecting form data.


 4:46 pm on Aug 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

My understanding is that Adobe Reader can, since I don't know what version, submit completed forms. You need a submit button or whatever, and it e-mails the data. It does this by opening the e-mail client with a new message to your specified address with the data file attached. The recipient can then plug this into the original file to see the data. A bad joke of a database client if you ask me and a horrible submission mechanism. Better to set something up on your website if you're dependent on the internet for returns anyway.

The link above says you can give Reader 8 + the right to save the PDF with the completed form fields. I'm fairly sure this is a distinct function to just returning the data.

Suggest you test it if important.


 5:11 pm on Aug 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

OF course you can't guarantee which version your visitor has.

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