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cfmail to automatically attach a pdf form

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my client wants to use a pdf form:
http://www.pacificcenterplasticsurgery.com/history3.pdf

they then want to receive that form as an email attachment.  my question is is there another option rather than having the user save the pdf to their hard drive. i guess i'm looking for a way to submit the form to an action page that would automatically save it and create a file attachment in cfmail.  
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yes ... u cld do that ...

save the pdf file on ur server ... when the user submits teh form
attach the pdf file to the email using CFMAILPARAM

shld be easy ... let me know ...

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i think it's a little trickier than that.

1. the form is in pdf format.  the user is actually filling out a pdf form online.  
2. there is no submit button cuz it's a pdf (not sure if you can put one on but, even if you can, how can u use <form action="">?
3. how is the user saving the pdf file on the server?
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Having reread your question again, you might actually want to present a normal form to the user, have them to fill in the fields, post it to the serve, then create the PDF, i.e. populate the form fields for them, then save the PDF and do with it what you need to.

ActivePDF works great, but costs a bundle, there are some others out there that are free and might do the trick for you.

I still say "no way on your first option" its not user friendly and your users will not do it, unless you are in a controlled environment and your users are pretty savy...

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yeah - I agree with Tacobell ...

If i was u - id take the option Tacabell has mentioned above ... thats how u need to proceed while ur on web .... & have workarounds to simulate ur existing flow.

Commented:
yeah - I agree with Tacobell ...

If i was u - id take the option Tacabell has mentioned above ... thats how u need to proceed while ur on web .... & have workarounds to simulate ur existing flow.

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sorry for leaving this so long-

it looks like the latest version of adobe 6.0 does a lot of stuff normal forms do:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/main.html

and then there's this info:

Use electronic forms instead of paper    
 
Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional enables you to do more with electronic forms
Adobe® Reader® 6.0 software lets you fill out and submit Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) forms. But with Adobe Acrobat® 6.0 Professional software, you can easily create and save electronic Adobe PDF forms that your entire organization can complete interactively online or off &#8212; transforming costly paper-based workflows.  
 
Key benefits
 
 Improve the quality of data by reducing data-entry errors.  
 
 Speed data processes, enabling improved customer response times.  
 
 Reduce the risk of losing or misinterpreting valuable data.  
 
 

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