3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 7, 2011 12:02 AM by Dave Merchant

    Saving PDF's back to the cloud

    opreie

      Hi All,

       

      Was wondering if anyone has successfully accomplished this by any means. We have a web application hosted via Azure. Our customer base uses templates quite frequently. What we are trying to accomplish is have a customer open a template, fill it out then save it back to the cloud without the hassle of first saving it locally. 99% of the templates are PDF's. From what I have read it appears to be possible, that said I don't know anyone that has been successful.

       

      Anyone have any insight? Would be greatly appreciated.

       

      Thanks,

      Brent Lauinger

      Opreie

      http://www.opreie.com

        • 1. Re: Saving PDF's back to the cloud
          Dave Merchant MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          PDF files don't stream, so to open one in the first place (either in a browser or on a desktop) it must have been saved to disk. That may be in a browser cache folder, but you can't not save it.

           

          In addition to the physical requirement to have the data saved, the editing/commenting features available in the Acrobat and Adobe Reader browser plugins are intentionally restricted, to prevent users spending time working on a file that's saved in a browser cache only to find it's deleted by the host process when the browser window closes. There are specific exemptions for certain forms workflows and the now-depreciated "browser-based reviews", but the general rule is that to save most types of changes to a PDF file, you have to be viewing it via the desktop application.

          • 2. Re: Saving PDF's back to the cloud
            opreie Level 1

            Hi Dave,

             

            Thanks for the response. Maybe I am incorrect, but didn't MS accomplish this for Sharepoint? The ability to open a doc and save it back to the sharepoint farm? or am I completely inaccurate?

             

            Thanks,

            Brent Lauinger

            Opreie

            http://www.opreie.com

            • 3. Re: Saving PDF's back to the cloud
              Dave Merchant MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              Sharepoint does things the way I've described - you can "check out" a document (download it to a local drive), edit it and then check it back in (re-upload it) - but you can't avoid the step where you save a working copy to your own computer.

               

              There are true Cloud-based editors out there, such as Google Docs, Acrobat.com, etc. where you do everything via a browser window and the file itself never leaves the server, but that isn't how Acrobat and Adobe Reader (or MS Office for that matter) operate.