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Emailing an interactive PDF form

Emailing an interactive PDF form

4:10 am on Dec 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi everyone,

I would like to have an interactive PDF form that will email a flat PDF version to me when a user clicks a submit button. I know I can create a form that will send an email throught the users default email client, but I would really like to have the email send through a server side script of some sort.

Has anyone done this? Is it possible?

If anyone can offer me some help on how to do this, I would really be greatful!

3:37 pm on Dec 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Last time I tried this, I came to two conclusions.

1. To create controls within a PDF and have it actually submit the data, you need a full version of Acrobat. At that time, Acrobat Standard did the job. You need a server side script to do the processing, but Adobe also had an (expensive) set of tools to process the data. Like any other form, you point the submit action to your script.

2. If you want to receive the PDF with the user values intact, it required that the user filling out the form had a full version of Acrobat Standard. Only useful within large organizations with a multi user license.

As for submitting directly from an email client, this bears some experimentation. The email client may not support it, but being that your submit actions come directly from within Acrobat, it might even work.