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How can I send an online pdf by email (complete form)

Jan 22, 2012 1:44 AM

Hi experts,

prior to acrobat X and windows7 it was possible to add a submit button enable additional rights for adobe reader and the form would be attached to an email and sent to the recipient.

This doesn't seem to work in windows7 environments any more.

 

I have followed all tutorials and tips but nothing seem to work

I have tried to use javascript instead according to the following maildoc tutorial

http://livedocs.adobe.com/acrobat_sdk/9.1/Acrobat9_1_HTMLHelp/wwhelp/w whimpl/common/html/wwhelp.htm?context=Acrobat9_HTMLHelp&file=JS_API_Ac roJS.88.505.html

 

Even if I use the simple example in the tutorial

 

this.mailDoc(true);

this.mailDoc({

        bUI: false,

         cTo: "myemail@gmail.com",

         cSubject: "The Latest News",

         cMsg: "A.P., attached is my latest news story in PDF."

 

    });

 

it won't work.

 

I have tried thunderbird and live email as default clients, the result is the same:

In chrome => an empty email opens

in firefox => the attachment is included but no email recipient or subject line

in internet explorer => same, attachment is included but no emeil recipient or subject line

 

In the preferences I have enabled menu items Javascript execution privileges just in case this was an issue but to no avail.

 

Isn't sending a complete form by email an option anymore?

I need this feature.

Thanks in advance for any helpl.

 
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  • JR_Boulay
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    Jan 22, 2012 4:42 AM   in reply to max.cady

    HI,

     

    you didn't read this page carefully, since it also gives the answer:

    "Beginning with Acrobat 7.0, the code below would have to be executed in a privileged context if thebUI parameter (set to false) is to be honored."

     

    ==> http://livedocs.adobe.com/acrobat_sdk/9.1/Acrobat9_1_HTMLHelp/wwhelp/w whimpl/common/html/wwhelp.htm?context=Acrobat9_HTMLHelp&file=JS_API_Ac roJS.88.505.html

     

     
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:46 AM   in reply to max.cady

    I have enabled the javascript execution privileges but unfortunately to no avail.

    Privileged context is something more elaborate than a single checkbox in Preferences:

    http://livedocs.adobe.com/acrobat_sdk/9.1/Acrobat9_1_HTMLHelp/JS_API_A croJSPreface.87.6.html

    and

    http://livedocs.adobe.com/acrobat_sdk/9.1/Acrobat9_1_HTMLHelp/JS_API_A croJS.88.167.html

     

     
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    Jan 22, 2012 7:04 AM   in reply to max.cady

    This only applies when you're executing the code "through menu events" (ie: through a menu item added by a folder-level script to the GUI of Acrobat, either by using app.addMenuItem() or app.addToolButton()), and you are executing it from a document-level script, which is not the same at all.

     
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    Jan 22, 2012 7:18 AM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    With Acrobat/Reader 10.1.1. update, Adobe has changed the location where trusted functions are located. There is a folder for Adobe products for scripts that requires special privileges.

     

    User JavaScript Changes for 10.1.1 (Acrobat | Reader)

     
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    Jan 22, 2012 7:25 AM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    This only applies when you're executing the code "through menu events" (ie: through a menu item added by a folder-level script to the GUI of Acrobat, either by using app.addMenuItem() or app.addToolButton()), and you are executing it from a document-level script, which is not the same at all.

    ++

     
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:04 AM   in reply to max.cady

    It has nothing to do with your version of Windows. Bottom line is this: you

    don't need any scripts.

    Just add a button with the "Submit a form" action, and as the URL you can

    use this syntax:

    mailto:me@server.com?subject=subject line&body=this is some text

     
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:31 AM   in reply to max.cady

    Sounds like the email address you're using is not valid. Could you post the

    entire string you entered into the URL field?

    Also, what's the default email client on both machines?

     
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:34 AM   in reply to max.cady

    And the email clients?

     
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:37 AM   in reply to max.cady

    Could be an issue with the MAPI setting of these applications.

     
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:42 AM   in reply to max.cady

    Have a look at this page to make sure your Thunderbird is MAPI-compliant:

    http://kb.mozillazine.org/Default_mail_client

     
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    Jan 23, 2012 11:20 AM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    @try67...I am waiting for my Adobe Acrobat X Pro to arrive...Will I be able to create a fillable form and export it to Constant contact? Thanks

     
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    Jan 23, 2012 12:13 PM   in reply to Brucek81

    I don't know what "Constant contact" means...

     
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    Jan 23, 2012 12:58 PM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    It's an online email service

     

    ConstantContact.com

     
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    Jan 23, 2012 1:00 PM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    I guess I'm talking in general for any email service. If I attach a PDF with a fillable form to an email will the recipient be able to open the PDF, fill it out, and email it back to me?

     
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    Jan 23, 2012 1:54 PM   in reply to Brucek81

    It all depends on what the user is using. If Reader, you have to activate Reader Rights before they can save the form.

     
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    Jan 23, 2012 2:05 PM   in reply to Bill@VT

    I'm assuming that most people will have reader - hope! Will preview in Mac work the same way?

     

    Thanks for the pointer.

     
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    Jan 23, 2012 2:13 PM   in reply to Brucek81

    And if your are using Apple's Preview you've just screwed up the form.

     

    Preview is okay for looking at regular PDF's but it’s a death knell for any PDF Forms

     
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    Jan 23, 2012 2:15 PM   in reply to Brucek81

    Brucek81 wrote:

     

    I'm assuming that most people will have reader - hope! Will preview in Mac work the same way?

     

    Thanks for the pointer.

    Noooo! it will screw up the Form I am a Mac User and Preview will screw up forms. It great to view PDF's but not forms.

     
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    Jan 23, 2012 2:44 PM   in reply to max.cady

    Okay I've filled out your form using Reader and saved to desktop then sent by SeaMonkey to you. SeaMonkey, Thunderbird, and PostBox  (Gecko based) email/News all use the very same identical mBox format that Apple Mail does, always have. Yet Adobe refuses to support Mozilla Based products.

     
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    Jan 24, 2012 8:45 AM   in reply to max.cady

    Requesting the use of the desktop e-mail package, I get the error. This is for Win7 with AA9. My desktop e-mail is Pegasus. It may be an issue with Pegasus access to the system. However, I can select a file, right click, and send to Pegasus with no problem. I am not sure the latter requires MAPI and that may be an issue. I tried it from MS WORD 2007 and selected the send option in the file menu and got a message that I had to have MS Exchange installed to send the file and got an error. I tried a create PDF and e-mail with PDFMaker in WORD 2007 and that worked fine.

     

    I might try the form on another machine later: Tried VISTA with AA8 with the same results when I try to use the default e-mail package. XP with AA7 was alos a problem. With the latter I also right clicked and downloaded the form to try it in Acrobat directly, not just the browser. Again, it failed. All of these were set to work with the default e-mail client. I then tried the custom submit in AA7 that saved the FDF file and gave instructions of what to put in the header and body of an e-mail to attach the FDF file to. That worked, but the direct interaction with the e-mail package failed in all cases. It may all be an issue with my e-mail (Pegasus) or MS, or even Acrobat. I have no clue and try not to point fingers without more info.

     
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    Jan 24, 2012 7:34 AM   in reply to max.cady

    I have windows 7, adobe pro X and adobe reader X, and thunderbird 9.01 email client.

    I have a PDF form (created in lifecycle 9.0.0.2_) that is complete and is reader extended though adobe pro x. 

    It will send the email correctly in abobe pro x, it opens all the correct windows etc and sends, and I receive the filled out PDF form.

    When I open the form in adobe reader X  it opens the correct window as before, but never sends the email.

    Can any one here be of some help.

    Thanks

    Steve

     
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    Jan 29, 2012 5:05 AM   in reply to max.cady

    I have tried Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES 8.2 with Adobe Acrobat 9 for the first time, and I am having the same issues with sending a pdf via email. Seems to work fine on my one computer,b but it was running reader 9, my other computer was running Adobe reader 10 and would not work, both machines run WIndows 7.

     

    I uninstalled reader 10 and just used Adobe Acrobat 9 and the second machine works great.

     

    So now I ask my ball execetive to test the form, nobody can get it to work, sopme use Chrome or Firefox, some not. So of 6 people who tried nobody can get it to work, I have not asked what version of reader they use. But this is a complete failure, how can I use the form if it won't send a pdf by email.

     

    I have tried the traditional email submit button and I have tried a normal radio button set to submit and entered my email address, I even read about the setting where you go into the HTML code and just change the XML, to send as PDF nothing works I gave the three buttons for all to try.

     

    I think it must be a reader problem, and my computers now are using Acrobat they work fine.

     
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