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Interactive PDF which I would like people to be able to fillout and submit the data online

I am using Adobe Designer 7.0, and I have created an interactive pdf that will allow the user to fill in information.  I need for the data to be sent some where online, so that I can retrieve it (when the user clicks submit).

Thanks in advance,
Brandon
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mrichmonCommented:
You can't do that.

A pdf is a standalone document.  It can be used off the internet.  It does not submit.  If you want data to be submittable then you need to use some web form or method thta connects to the internet.  This type of thing is not built into a PDF.
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tpatton99Author Commented:
Thanks for the reply.

Why, then, would it have a default option of placing an "http submit" button in the document?
Thanks,
Brandon
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mrichmonCommented:
Well you can have a submit, but most often what it does that I have seen is generate an email with the data that can then be sent.  But it really is not reliable
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tpatton99Author Commented:
Yeah, I tried that and it didn't work well, so I figured that using the other options might work.  It says that you can use http post to submit the xml data to a specified web address.

Thanks again,
Brandon
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nltechCommented:
see "Using CGI Scripts to Collect FDF Information" at http://www.adobe.com/support/techdocs/325874.html and http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/acrobat/fdf/topic.html for information on the sdk toolkit and how to obtain it.

see also http://www.phpbuilder.com/columns/uwe20001116.php3 and http://us2.php.net/manual/en/ref.fdf.php
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tpatton99Author Commented:
thanks nltech

I'll check it out and get back to you on the progress.
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mrichmonCommented:
Yeah those articles work as long as they are viewing the PDF rom in a web browser.  But in that case why not make a more friendly user form anyway.  SInce it is just making the PDF act like a webform, but it won't be as friendly...  

Also it is a lot more complex than a web form would be.

But none of this works if the user has the PDF on thier computer directly in Adobe Reader, nor if they are not connected to the internet at the point they hit submit...
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smidgie82Commented:
See http://www.planetpdf.com/developer/article.asp?ContentID=6480&mp= for a good introduction to PDF forms.  I don't think the ability to download them and fill them out offline is that big of an advantage, since most of the time you're going to submit the info as soon as you fill it out, and you have to be online to do it.  What IS handy, though, is the ability to have users digitally sign their data and include that signature within the document, and the ability to precisely control the format of the document versus HTML.  Also, what I've done in the past is to use Distiller to generate a PDF from a Word document, and then convert the PDF to an interactive form that can be submitted online.  It saves time over having to code an HTML form completely from scratch.
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tpatton99Author Commented:
OK, I will take a look at it as soon as I get a chance.  From what I've read so far, I can write a cgi app that will allow me to transfer the data....but I have never done anything what so ever with cgi.
Thanks again.

Incase you would like to see what I'm working on here's the link: http://www.celticseasalt.com/stacy.pdf
However, I want to replace the "Submit by Email" button with a button that will allow them to submit the data directly to a place that can store the data until it needs to be retrieved.
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DenisvtCommented:
Hi,
I have succesfully conducted tests on a PDF form, that once submitted would trigger a script on a remote server, and would both populate a customer and order database, and generate a confirmation receipt to the client. This was done in PHP as I find it to be the easiest language but it could be done in any language. It obviously also requires the user to submit the PDF form while connected to the Internet. As you underline however in somes cases, an online form may be easier to deal with as it could check for inputs before submitting the form etc.
If you do not know much about programming, any skilled developped could help you on that.
Good luck.
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tpatton99Author Commented:
That's what I believe I'll have to do (get someone to write the program for me).
Thanks,
Brandon
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