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Saving Fillable Form as non-fillable PDF

Apr 8, 2008 10:41 AM

I need some help with LiveCycle.

I've created a form that will be sent to several people to fill out. Once they fill it out, they will need to save the form as a non-fillable file (normal PDF?) and send on to others to be read-only. The form will not come back to me.

I cannot figure out how to enable the form to be saved as a normal, non-changeable PDF.

Also, the only option seems to be that the form is returned to me. I don't want that, either.

Thank you!
Tricia
 
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    Apr 8, 2008 3:28 PM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Firstly you will need to buy a Reader Extensions license (this allows Reader to save the form data - otherwise the client will require Acrobat).

    Once this is done, you will then need a button (called "Lock Down" or something) that executes a script that makes all of the fields readOnly and updates a form variable (say, "locked") to indicate that the form is locked. You will also need to add a script to the initialize event that checks for the value of "locked", then executes the readOnly script (if the form needs to be locked down).

    An example of a readOnly script can be found on page 434 of http://www.adobe.com/go/learn_lc_scriptingReference (see "Disabling all form fields" script)

    John.
     
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    Apr 9, 2008 6:39 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Another way to accomplish this which still requires Reader Extensions or Acrobat Pro is to use digital signatures. The people you are sending this to should have certificates set up.

    In Designer, you can design the form to lock all it's fields automatically when the form is signed. This option is located under Object Inspector->Document Signature tab. Here you will find the checkbox to Lock all fields after signing. Hope that helps.

    Don
     
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    Jul 31, 2008 10:51 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    I have created several fillable forms with LiveCycle that when emailed out need to be "locked" or non fillable. The only people filling out these forms are people in my company. We don't use the "submit/email" button in the forms. We just copy the pdf file and paste it in the email.

    Is there a way for me to save these fillable forms as non fillable before sending them out in email?

    Any help is appreciated! Thanks! :)
     
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    Aug 5, 2008 4:16 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Is the whole form or just portions of it that you have to lock? I have a script that will show you how to lock the entire form. You can put the script on a button and lock the form when you click on the button. If you are interested let me know.
     
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    Aug 5, 2008 1:20 PM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Paul:

    I'm interested in the script you're proposing. Can you post it here?

    Ryan
     
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    Aug 6, 2008 3:47 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    It is too large to post here can you post your email address and I wil mail you the sample.
     
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    Apr 28, 2009 7:33 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    brainfuelATgmailDOTcom
     
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    Aug 14, 2008 7:31 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Paul, I'd be very interested in that code also. Can you email me the sample at scottsheck@yahoo.com

    thank you
     
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    Aug 14, 2008 7:58 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Are you stating you want the form to lock after the feilds are filled out?
     
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    Jan 13, 2009 7:48 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Paul - Can you email me a copy of that code. Thanks. Sancta
    mcginnis@mutualtrust.com
     
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    Jan 13, 2009 8:25 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    I appreciate clean solutions, though printing a PDF File with AdobePDF printer or PDF Maker to get a not editable PDF File out of a form is tempting easy. depends on your target group
     
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    Jan 13, 2009 9:30 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Just sent the file.
     
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    Jan 18, 2009 9:54 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    wow i need the exact same thing.

    i need the whole form locked once it has been filled in.

    i agree with He Gr

    i was thinking of adding a button which prints to 'cutepdf' and then the locked file can be saved or emailed. but for several forms talling the freeware pdf generator 'cutepdf' is time consuming

    paul if you could send me the code that would be very useful to me thanks (yet again)

    bubblensqueak999@yahoo.co.uk
     
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    Jan 18, 2009 2:38 PM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Wow, that's what I need - a button script that would use cutepdf or dopdf to create a pdf of the completed form. I don't want to lock the form since I want the user to retain the ability to revise it if necessary. But I don't want the completed form to be changeable by whoever might receive it. Right now, I have them doing it manually, by printing the form & choosing dopdf as the printer. But a button that does that would be perfect. Do you have a script that would do this?
     
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    Jan 19, 2009 7:06 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    ibwaheemi I just sent the sample to you.

    Gregory,

    This code will lock the form and remove the ability to revise it. If you want to retain the right to revise the form, printing it to a PDF removes that capability....unless I am missing something!

    You did not post your email address for me to send it to you.
     
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    Jan 20, 2009 3:02 PM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Thanks for the response. My email is gspencer@sympatico.ca

    You're right - Adobe Reader doesn't allow saving filled in forms (too bad). But the script would still be helpful since it would eliminate a step for my users.

    Thanks!
     
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:54 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Just sent it
     
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    Jan 22, 2009 10:55 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    thanks paul :) (again)
     
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    Jan 31, 2009 12:08 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Hi Paul,

    Could you send me your script, please? My email is cdclark601@comcast.net

    Thanks!

    Carol
     
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    Feb 9, 2009 7:40 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Just sent it
     
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    Feb 9, 2009 1:01 PM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    This is exactly what I've been charged with trying to figure out in our company forms. I'm using Adobe Arobat Pro 8.0. Is LiveCycle an add on product to Acrobat or a different program all together?

    As stated above, I create the forms then send them to others within the company to "use". They complete as needed (example, a quotation for a customer) and then forward on to someone else (never back to me) and they need to be locked before they do that. I need something very simple the users can do to lock the form fields prior to sending out.

    Any and all help would be sincerely appreciated!

    Email address: dpouppirt@fremontind.com
     
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    Feb 9, 2009 1:54 PM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Just sent it
     
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    Feb 9, 2009 8:18 PM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Huge interest in this string. I have the same interest. Has one of the people who received the file, tried it?
     
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    Feb 10, 2009 5:33 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    I've received the file (and thank you so much). Getting ready to walk through it.

    I do not have LiveCycle Designer ES -- do I have to have that to make this work? (Sorry for being such a novice here!)
     
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    Feb 10, 2009 6:50 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Yes you will need to have Designer to see what it does then to take the code and use it on your form.
     
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    Feb 10, 2009 12:00 PM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    I would appreciate this info too.

    creynolds@icc.illinois.gov

    THANKS!
     
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    Feb 10, 2009 1:55 PM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    This WORKED!!!!!
    Thank you.
     
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    Feb 11, 2009 2:20 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Hi Paul,

    I am also interested in this script.Please send it to me
    preeti_chaurasia8@rediffmail.com
     
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    Feb 11, 2009 4:50 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Just sent it
     
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    Feb 11, 2009 4:50 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Just sent it
     
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    Feb 11, 2009 8:01 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    could you send me a copy

    aditya.shah@gsinc.com

    Thanks !
     
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    Feb 11, 2009 11:12 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Just sent it
     
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    Feb 12, 2009 11:28 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Paul, you are VERY Popular with this script of yours. Would it work pasted into a button click in Adobe 8 Professional? I haven't converted the document to LiveCycle yet and would prefer not to. Could you send it to JDMAWoods@gmail.com for me to try? Thanks!
     
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    Feb 12, 2009 12:29 PM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    The form must be an XFA document (created in Designer) not an AcroForm (created in Acrobat). Do you still want it?
     
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    Feb 16, 2009 10:38 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Hi Paul,

    I am also interested in this script.Please send it to me
    hjuliett@aol.com

    Thank you very much
    Julischka
     
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    Feb 16, 2009 12:46 PM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    sounds like it might solve my problem too..

    can you send?

    freouwebbe@msn.com

    thanks in advance
     
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    Feb 17, 2009 12:50 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Just sent it to both of you
     
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    Feb 17, 2009 8:36 AM   in reply to (Tricia_B)
    Hi Paul,

    another one is interested in this script. Please send it also to me
    akoehler@macnews.de

    Thank you very much
    Andreas
     
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