I've created a couple of dynamic forms in LiveCycle ES2 that will be completed by users who all have Reader 8.2.2. I have Adobe Acrobat Pro X, and am the only person on my team with anything other than Reader 8.2.2.
We wanted to be able to use one of the various submit features to route and track form responses, so I tried several different approaches in my forms. After lots of research I still haven't figured out how to get any submit buttons or tracking to work the way I envisioned. At this point I'd like to just give up on using any of the automated submit or distribution feature, and instead just save the LiveCycle dynamic form as a reader-enabled PDF file, upload the PDF into a SharePoint library that the form users can access (just like I'd upload any regular PDF document -- i.e., without using any Adobe or LiveCycle form features like "publish to repository" or anything like that). Then I could just instruct users to open the reader-enabled form in Reader 8.2.2 by clicking on the doc name in the SharePoint library, complete the form, save the completed copy to their hard drive, and attach a copy to an e-mail that they can send to the appropriate recipients -- just like they'd attach any file to an email. They'll probably find this "old-fashioned" approach simpler anyway and would never even miss having a "submit" button. The huge disadvantage, of course, will be my inability to track responses, but I can't hold up the use of these forms until I can figure that out. I've read this article (and the articles linked within it) and am afraid I'm just too much of a novice at this point to understand: http://acrobatusers.com/tutorials/form-submit-e-mail-demystified.
SPECIFIC QUESTION: After all of my experimenting with submit features, my forms are now all gunked up with XML code that I want to get rid of, and I'm not sure how to do that. The residual code is causing an error message when the form is opened in Reader that points to line 1690 of the XML code, which is the line containing the URL of one of the SharePoint libraries I was trying to submit the form to before I realized I was in over my head (preceded by: adhocwf:destUrl in the excerpt pasted below). Can I just delete the URL, so that there's nothing between adhocwf:destUrl and adhocwf:destUrl? Or do I delete more than just that "event" (if that's what you call it)? When the form is opened by me in Adobe Pro X, I get an error message that the form is part of a workflow, which I'd also like to get rid of.
Long story short, is there a way to UN-DISTRIBUTE the forms so I can get rid of the Submit Form button that appears next to the "Highlight Form Fields" button in Reader (or Adobe Pro), and so I can prevent distribution and workflow-related error messages from occurring? If yes, and if it can only be done by altering the XML code directly, EXACTLY what parts do I delete or change to wipe the form clean of these "ties" to that particular SharePoint site, response file, and initiator address? For the Submit Button, so I delete the entire "event" that begins and ends with adhocwf:submitButtonInfo?
Here's the XML code excerpt containing the line referenced in the Reader error message (line 1690, which would be the line beginning adhocwf:destUrl) -- I replaced the "<" marks with "[" so everything would show up, which didn't really work, but hopefully this is enough to get the gist:
[rdf:Description xmlns:adhocwf="http://ns.adobe.com/AcrobatAdhocWorkflow/1.0/" rdf:about=""]
[adhocwf:dataSetName]Sample Form Name_responses_0001.pdf[/adhocwf:dataSetName]
[rdf:Description xmlns:desc="http://ns.adobe.com/xfa/promoted-desc/" rdf:about=""]
[xfdf xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/xfdf/" xml:space="preserve"]
Any advice would be much appreciated. I just need to take a step back and make this simple. Unfortunately the forms must be done in LiveCycle vs. AcroForms because we need them to be dynamic -- they have repeatable fields. The forms must also be reader-enabled, which I know how to do via "save as" in Adobe Pro. But I want to strip the forms of any residual code relating to distribution or submit buttons or being published to a server or repository or whatever.
Alternatively please advise if you know of a VERY simple step-by-step guide on how to get the tracking feature to work with a SharePoint site (i.e., so that the response file can be posted on SharePoint so it's accessible to other parties besides me, keeping in mind that these other parties will only have Reader installed). I have lots of SharePoint libraries with assigned email addresses that could be used if that would help. I wouldn't be allowed to use adobe.com or a shared network drive because of various elaborate (and often nonsensical) security protocols at my company. SharePoint is wide open, however.