2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 4, 2014 10:21 PM by ou812jb

    A few good questions. I can handle the truth.

    ou812jb

      I'm afraid the more I read the more I get confused so I would like to ask a few streamlined questions:

       

      1. I want to create a single form to be used only by four Quality Control supervisors to monitor our 120 employees on a continual basis.

      2. I want to gather the data results automatically that upper management can view.

       

      It seems from my reading so far that a webform is the best way to do that.I have experimented with a few forms but what I'm finding most confusing is the distribution and how it is hosted. Can a user save the file sent via email and use it multiple times? Would it be better to host on an intranet? Lastly, I purchased Acrobat Pro XI with the understanding that Forums Central was part of the subscription but I was not able to effectively do what I have done so far without trying the $0.99 trial upgrade. Do I need this upgrade for my intended use?

       

      Thanks!!!

        • 1. Re: A few good questions. I can handle the truth.
          brian.filipiak Level 2

          Hi ou812jb,

           

          Thoughts and answers in roughly the order you asked...

           

          No matter which way you distribute your form, as a PDF or as an online form, you have limited control over limiting access. If it is a PDF, you can e-mail that to those four supervisors... but if they forward, copy, or otherwise distribute the form to others, then you may get more people with access to the form than you had intended. Likewise, with the web-based form: you can send the URL to the four supervisors, but if they share that URL with other people...

           

          Your form will gather the data, and even provide simple analytics on the results, for you and/or upper management to view.

           

          Without knowing more about the types of questions you want to ask, it's hard to say which way would be better - PDF or online. Unless you need a specific, exact layout, that also needs to be printed, then a web form is perhaps easier. The distribution and data are hosted by Adobe's servers and site... there is no local hosting option.

           

          If using the web form, the supervisor would simply go to the URL of the form and fill in a new form. If it is a PDF form, the supervisor would open a new copy of the PDF, fill it out, and then click the Submit button on the PDF, thus sending the data to Adobe's servers.

           

          The FormsCentral application is included in the Acrobat Pro XI box, but that doesn't include any of the actual service... just an application. Though if you have Flash installed on your computer, you can do all of the design work inside a web browser instead. Yes, I would spend the $0.99 to get acclimated to the product. If you're at all like me, you'll then see dozens of ways to use it beyond what you had originally anticipated.

           

          I hope this helps,

           

          Brian

          • 2. Re: A few good questions. I can handle the truth.
            ou812jb Level 1

            Brian, thanks very much for your help on this. It was very useful and we began using the form today. Working great!

             

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