I've been asked to design a system, where individuals are sent a request to complete a templated PDF form with a number of available fields. They complete the form and submit.
At this point I need to save the completed form on the application server behind the web server as PDF. This PDF is then shown to various individuals for authorising.
For security, it's important that the PDF is not saved to the desktop.
I'm fairly new to pdf toolset, so
1. What is the best tool for authoring PDF templates where the ability print/save etc can be suppressed?
2. Can the PDF template be sent back to the webserver to be saved?
3. Do I need any other tool, plugins to achieve this?
You cannot prevent the form from being saved. If it can be viewed it can be saved. If it can be viewed a screen capture will allow it to be printed in some form. You can use password protection to prevent the pdf from allowing printing, but this is easy to circumvent. Adobe sells tools in the LiveCycle Enterprise Suite that uses Digital Rights Management to prevent opening or printing from within an application (but cannot stop screenshots), but the software is server-based and quite pricey, but it is very good at what it does.