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.
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)
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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!