Just to add an updated response to this thread:
in Acrobat Pro v9 go to the menu and select Advanced > Extend Features in Adobe Reader...
In Acrobat Standard v9 go to the menu and select Advanced > Extend Forms Fill-in & Save in Adobe Reader...
You can now save the form with your data.
Many thanks to Dave Hoder.
In Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional for Mac, I found the command was named differently:
Advanced: Enable Usage Rights in Acrobat Reader
Save your PDF form with that option enabled, and then your users should be able to save their edits. Hope that helps.
Note: They will be saving their edits to the same PDF, not to a copy, so if they need to fill out the same form twice, or want to keep a backup, they need to use Save As.
For the tax preparer concerned about her customers: Even with the additional Adobe software, it sounded like your tax prep clients wouldn't have had to buy the software -- just you, so you could modify your docs so that your end-users could save the filled forms (and do more, I guess). However, I still agree with you -- selling Acrobat so that people can make PDF forms but then limiting it so you can't make useful PDF forms is chintzy. Adobe clearly doesn't need to stoop to such levels to make money. They should just empower the software to make good docs easily. However, this thread started three years ago; perhaps what I'm seeing in the "Enable Usage Rights" command is Adobe's agreement with us.
I would like to ask your help with almost the same issue which is saving data typed onto a pdf. My case is I am sending out a survey in the form of a pdf document and its contents are multiple choice questions, so I would like respondents to answer the survey save it and send it back to me via email.
How possible would that be
If you would like me to send u a copy of the survey thats fine
Thanks Dave. This worked as you described in version 9. Is seems that the form users must have version 8 or higher of Reader to save the data in the files, but I guess that's reasonable.
I've read through this entire thread, but nothing seems to apply to
Acrobat X Pro and LiveCycle Designer ES2. There isn't an Advanced menu option in either product, thus no "Enable Usage Rights in Acrobat Reader" option either. Did it move? If so, to where?
I found that if I choose Save As.. in X Pro there's an option "Reader Extended PDF" with 3 choices, but none are available.
I'm looking for what a number of others were looking for: I've created a form I want to send via email, have someone complete, save, and re-attach to an email message, which will come back to me. Nothing fancy at all.
Can anyone help? All the online tutorials are for earlier versions of Acrobat Pro. I must be on the bleeding edge.
For a PDF to be filled and the data to be saved, we have 2 options.
1 ) Reader extend the PDF using Reader extension feature in Adobe LC
2 ) Use Acrobat Pro to edit is and save.
In your case . I think u have to make the file reader extended.
Other wise make sure ur user is opening with Acrobat Pro for editing and saving.
Thanks ReV. Since I cannot expect all recipients of this form to have Acrobat vs. Acrobat Reader, I need to use the extend to Reader feature/command. But since I cannot find that option, or what I have found is not allowed, per my post, in X Pro, I'm stuck. I cannot find any X Pro information such as tutorials, help text, posts, etc. Even Adobe hasn't updated it's library of how to videos for X Pro. Very frustrating!
Almost 5 years talking about the same problem, jeeez!
I’m within the same problem scope:
Using Acrobat Standard 7 and Livecycle Designer 7 ES2 to create a form which the user can fill in, save as a PDF complete with their details and email back to me.
Surely we can move away from the print out and fax option of the 90’s!?
For this version of Livecycle ES2 (as Audition_Denver has alluded to above), there seems to be no “ADVANCED” menu option in LS2 therefore removing the possibility of “enabling usage rights”.
In this case I only have one form to make, can someone suggest a solution? Maybe an alternative download to the READER EXTENSION file?
I thik this link may help solve your problem
Best of luck
Many thanks CDesign2, that worked! I was a little leery when I saw the article seemed to be for Acrobat 8, but the menu choice was there and sub-choices were available. They must have been grayed out before because I was still in Edit mode.
Can you explain further Audition Denver? I’ve read the link but still can’t achieve the desired. I’m trying to open the form I’ve created using Livecycle Designer ES2 in Acrobat Standard 7.0 (which I can’t do…it produces an error message). Did you open the form in a more recent version of Acrobat? Or did you open it in Adobe Reader? I.e. where did you find this menu option?
Hmm. I opened the form I created in ES2 in Reader 9.I hope it'll work with earlier Readers. I'll have the confirm that.
First, I first opened the file in Acrobat X Pro, made sure I was not in Edit mode, chose Save As.., selected Reader Extended PDF, then Enable Additional Features.
Sounds like I need a more up to date version of Acrobat than my current Standard 7.0 version. When I try to open the form I’ve created it produces an error page:
“Adobe Acrobat 7.0 has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”
So maybe it’s not possible to open a form created in Livecycle Designer ES2 in early versions of Acrobat Standard/Pro. I think I have read the solution you are talking about Audition Denver and it referred specifically to Acrobat 8.0, 9.0 and Pro. At least one of us is sorted out. I will try and look for an updated version of Acrobat for download so I can complete this one form I’m stuck doing.
In Livecycle ES2 there is an option under Form Properties>Defaults that lets you choose the target version of Acrobat and Reader that will be using your form. If this is set at v9.0 or X, you may be preventing the form from being openend in the older versions.
Good info CDesign2, I didn’t realize that option existed. I’m currently downloading the trial version of Acrobat X Pro and intend to modify my form in the same way that Audition_Denver has mentioned. Failing that, I will try to change the target version that my Livecycle form is set up for. Thanks for your help.
As a final follow up to this question, I downloaded the trial version of Adobe Acrobat X Pro from the Adobe website (30 day trial). Using this program to open the form I had created in Livecycle Designer ES2, I was able to alter the reader extension protection as Audition_Denver has described above.
Thanks for the help and good luck in the future to other people faced with a similar problem.