2) You can't use Acrobat on a server.
1) The "reader extensions" facility is proprietary to Adobe, and it's impossible to change a PDF without destroying it. Acrobat can, however, put it back as if it were never lost.
3) LiveCycle isn't a product, but a wide suite of products which only have that part of the name in common. (There are suites I believe). LiveCycle Reader Extensions is what you need. It also doesn't have the 500 usage limit that is likely to hit you too.
6) Or alternatively, why are you working with PDFs rather than transforming form data (FDF, XFDF, XML), which works much better with Reader, and gives you a data set more amenable to analysis?
Thanks Bernd, I will look into LiveCycle Reader Extensions.
This is supposed to be a short term solution to help smooth workflow while a full web portal is being developed. The web portal will provide access for customers, sales, partners, etc. and emailing pdf's around won't be part of it. So this solution is supposed to be for the next siz months so I would rater not spend more then a day or two on it and I have already burned a day
"transforming form data (FDF, XFDF, XML), which works much better with Reader, "
Can you tell me more about this? Is this like shooting an XML file at a PDF for presentation?
Bernd, I have done some reading on (FDF, XFDF, XML) but I havn't seen any examples yet that point to being able to meet my needs.
If I could write a script that populated a reader enabled form via XML and the form remained reader enabled, then great. That is if I didn't need to buy, and more importantly install and configure, some new adobe framework and overhead like livecycle.
Thinking about your first comment that "reader enabled" can just be re-enabled. Since this is only a 6 month solution I think my plan will be to to use human power. The PDF populated via my web form will be sent to the rep first who will save it again as "reader enabled" then he can bounce it around as much as he wants because it will never be touched by my script again and should remain reader enabled. So all I have to do is buy him Acrobat for his Mac and this is done.
Thanks for your help