In the Preview it is importing the data that you have specified and is merging that data onto the form template to show you the template and data together. When you distribute the form you are merely sending the blank template (no data file). The user woudl have to import he data file (assuming they had it to get the same result.....or .......you woudl have to merge the data into the template before distribution.
Thanks for the reply. The user community has no import capability (forms are email-attached for opening using the free Adobe Reader). I want to populate the form from my end (Adobe Acrobat 8.13). I was under the impression that associating the form as follows was sufficient fo populate the form.
File > Form Properties > Select Default Tab and at the Data File: prompt, enter the name of a local XML document that binds to form fields
Am I missing a step?
That is not on the Default tab but on the Preview tab and that only will apply to the Preview. You coudl try opening the form
importing the data file and then do the distribute from Acrobat ...that might work.
That seems to be the right direction...Still a few issues but I can handle those,,,Thanks again