I'm a program coordinator for a film festival. We have a set of submission forms that were designed in Adobe Indesign CS5 and given fields in Acrobat 9 Pro. Links to the PDF forms are provided on our festival's web page. What we intend is for users to download the pdf file, fill out the forms in Acrobat, and send the re-saved form back to us via email. However, I discovered that when users left click on the application forms' links, the forms automatically open in their browser in both Safari and Google Chrome. Firefox, on the other hand, prompts a download. Both Safari and Google Chrome seem to recognize the fields, however, two problems arise when filling the forms out directly in the Browser rather than saving the PDF first and filling it out in Acrobat. Although I intend for users to fill the forms out in Acrobat, I can't help but assume that a percentage of applicants will instinctively left click our links before reading the instruction to save the file first.
These are my main questions:
1.) Safari seems to only barely recognize the fields as the descenders of any entered text gets cut off. Also I have a custom script that automatically flows text from one field to another, and Safari does not recognize this. Chrome, on the other hand, does recognize the script and properly fits the text within the fields. Is this a common issue with Safari?
2.) This second question is my main issue. For both Safari and Chrome, after I fill out the form and save it via "File > Save Link As" the fields all appear blank when the resulting PDF file is opened in Acrobat. Is there any way for the filled-in fields from the browser to transition to the saved PDF file?
3.) As mentioned above, when I left click the submission form link on our web page, Firefox brings up the download prompt (open with / save as) automatically. So, is there a way that I can make other browsers prompt users to download the file rather than automatically open the form directly in the browser after a left click?
Any support is greatly appreciated, let me know if you need more information from my end.