Agreed. Also, with the numbers you will be dealing with the file should not be Activated for Reader or you will likely violate the license within a month. That means that they would submit the data to you in FDF form (from AcroForms) or XML form if Designer is used. You simply open the file in Acrobat and import the data file into the form (depending on the setup, you may be able to double click on the data file and have it open up in the form -- but that might be something to be explored later and may only work with FDF data).
I have a similar issue. My customer is a doctor's office and they would like their patients to submit their paperwork online. The problem is the office does not want to receive unformatted form data results. They want to receive the PDF exactly as it looks when someone would fill it out in the office so they can print it and keep a uniform look for all of their patient files. (I don't know if 'RickAInAZ' was asking for the same thing)
Here's one of the forms:
You can currently fill it out and then print it but they want to submit it online. As mentioned above, we can't email it because of HIPPA and privacy issues. I don't have experience in doing anything more than what I've already done with this form. Does it take alot of expertise in Acrobat to do this? Can it be done with Adobe FormsCentral? If not, where could I find someone that I can hire to help me with this? I receive a quote for $2,500 from this doctor's current hosting company to get 2 forms working through their secure server. This seems outrageously high but I really don't have anything to compare it to so maybe it's not.
As you can see, I'm at a loss.. Any help (as descriptive as possible) would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
When I was Treasurer and Web Designer for an Electronics Association I created Pdf then sent to the person in Charge of the Convention
Then I sent had the same form on my computer I filled in the form and had it emailed to the fdf information to PDF on the other end. But it has been so many years ago I can't rememberthe exact steps. IF we could go back in time about 10-15 years ago the steps used might still even be in The Acrobat Forum archives.
@WebGirly3: See my tutorial on server-side data collection here: http://tv.adobe.com/watch/acrobat-community-tv/working-with-form-data/
The typical workflow to process PDF > XFDF > PDF on a server (to avoid external mail transfer and the 500-recipient limit) does involve writing code in PHP or ASP to parse the inbound data, but it's an easy job for a web programmer:
- PDF files is constructed to submit data to a web URL (typically https for your type of data)
- A script on the server parses the form data and warns the user via a return message if anything's missing or wrong (see my video tutorial)
- The script optionally writes the form fields to a database.
- The script then constructs a 'flat' version of the PDF (without interactive form fields) using a server CGI library such as pdflib or FPDF
- The recipient either logs in to download it, or the PDF is sent via email (secured with PGP or with the PDF encrypted)
Adobe Acrobat is only involved in the first step, after that you're using server-side programming tools.