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    PDF Form-Filling

    This topic appears to have been dealt with peripherally in recent posts, but I'm not sure that my current requirement has been dealt with.

    I'm fairly certain that this requirement can be satisfied by Adobe Acrobat (full version) at [b]
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    Re: PDF Form-Filling

    Does pdf have to be the medium? On the basis the recipients must have an internet connection to receive email, would a web-based form that emailed the results to someone not be simpler to implement?

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    Re: PDF Form-Filling

    I suppose that could be a possibility if you could tell me a bit more about how it could be created (and how it would do the validity-checking).

    The unspoken requirement as also to be able to print it off and fill it in by hand, but that would apply to anything...

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    Re: PDF Form-Filling

    I have no experience with it, but related to the CutePDF products is FormMax, US$89, which seems to fit your requirements. There is a free evaulation download on that page, I expect that, as the FormFiller Evaluation did, the free evaluation version will stamp each created form page with a footer advertising itself.

    You might also look at <!post=Roboform,609,238>Roboform<!/post>.
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    Re: PDF Form-Filling

    Thanks, John - I will have a look at both of those...

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    Re: PDF Form-Filling

    I don't think either of these quite does what I want.

    RoboForm seems designed simply to assist you in filling out forms which someone else has created on the web, not ones we would want to send out by email for users to fill in.

    FormMax enables you to create your own forms in a quite sophisticated way, but the resulting file is in a proprietary format, and requires a separate program (FormMax Filler, a 3.7 MB download) which the user must install to fill out the form.

    Can anyone suggest other products?

    Thanks!

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    Re: PDF Form-Filling

    Sorry, John. See if any of the products in Alan's most recent <post:=612,534>post 612,534</post:> fit the bill. If not ,I think your low cost solution will be one of those that Leif suggested.
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    Re: PDF Form-Filling

    With FrontPage it's as easy as clicking on a few menu items and selecting what validation you want - see below.
    Without FrontPage, you probably need to ask someone like Jezza to help <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    For printing off and completion by hand, I would hazard a guess that the simplest solution would be a pdf or simple Word doc could be attached - or downloaded from the same site.
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    Re: PDF Form-Filling

    In my experience with creating PDF forms they're meant to be used within the Reader and submitted to a database just like a web form. I see them used this way on sites such as IRS and my local department of motor vehicles where the completed form can be printed and mailed (instead of getting messy hand-written forms).

    It works much like JavaScript for a web form when you add the rules on how to handle the entered data, name the form fields, etc. This is all part of creating the form in Acrobat. There are four things Acrobat can do with a form: 1) print the completed form, 2) export the form data to a FDF file (Form Data File, can only be created if the form is completed in Acrobat not Reader), 3) save the filled out form as a PDF file, 4) submit the form to a processing program.

    To print the form it must of been designed with a Print button. This button would have a the "File -> Print" action assigned to it. You could also create a Save button using the "File -> SaveAs" action.

    The most useful method is just to submit the data from the form itself (just like a web page) with a Submit button. You provide this action with a URL that will receive the form data. Just like a web form, this receiving program knows how to handle each form field+data and do whatever it needs to do to process the form. The data can be sent in HTML or FDF format. This is decided by the form designer.

    To do this in an Outlook email instead, you'd save your created HTML in the Stationary directory of Outlook. Then in Outlook choose Actions -> New Mail Message Using -> More Stationary... Find the name of your form stationary and click OK. A new makil message appears with the form embedded.

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    Re: PDF Form-Filling

    John,

    I saw this advertised on a newsletter. The product is called Formium. It claims to do a lot of what you were after if you can run it on a server. I have no knowledge of the product, but there is a trial version to download

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    Re: PDF Form-Filling

    I don't know if this will be of much help, John. It's a way to create Fill-in forms with Word. I've never attempted to save a form as a PDF document so I don't know if it can be done and have the form remain interactive. Thought I'd pass it along FYI.
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