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Import XML data into PDF opened in Reader

Sep 27, 2010 5:38 AM



here is a question:


Is it possible to import XML data into a PDF-document using Adobe Reader?


I have created a new PDF-document using LiveCycle Designer. I have added a button with ";" (Javascript). When clicked, a browse windows opens and the selected XML-file (located locally on disk) is imported into the PDF. However, this only seems to work using Adobe Acrobat, not Adobe Reader.


Am I doing something wrong, or is the Reader just not good enough ;-)


Thanks for you responce!



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    Sep 27, 2010 5:50 AM   in reply to NL Erik G

    Hi Erik,


    Unfortunately unless the form is Reader Enabled in Adobe's server product LiveCycle Reader Extensions ES2 then a user with Reader will not be able to import (or export) XML data.


    Summary is available here: robat-and-reader/





    Hope that helps (probably not much though),



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    Sep 27, 2010 12:50 PM   in reply to NL Erik G

    Hi Erik,


    You would need to contact the Adobe representative in your area.


    It is a server based product and is intended for large volumes of data processing. I would not be able to give a ball park on the costs.


    Good luck,



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    Sep 30, 2010 12:24 PM   in reply to NL Erik G

    Hi Erik,


    You are right, you do not apply Reader enable the form in LC Designer ES. This is only used to develop the form. The form is also not Reader enabled in Reader. Reader is only a viewer.


    There are two routes to Reader enable a form:


    1. Using Acrobat 9 Standard or above (or Acrobat 8 Professional or above). This has licensing restrictions though, to less than 500 data processes per form. See the EULA.
    2. LC Reader Extensions ES2 is a server product and is intended for large volumes of data processes. As it is a server product there are additional costs involved. You should contact your local Adobe Rep.


    If the form is not Reader Enabled then users with Reader will have a lot of restrictions, like the ability to save and import/export XML. Even if you Reader Enable the form through Acrobat, while users with Reader will now be able to save the form, they will NOT be able to import/export XML.


    The PDF summary is here:


    If you hover over the ? in this PDF there are screenshots for Reader enabling the form in Acrobat and LC Reader Extensions ES2.


    Given that your main requirement seems to relate to XML, you need to get a quote for the full LC Reader Extensions ES2.


    Hope that helps,



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