I have a form I developed in Acrobat 8 Pro (well, several forms), and I created a "submit to email" button, checking the box to submit the entire PDF. I enabled reader usage rights, removed all security, and did the "distribute forms" command. This form is on our website, and staff members, who have versions of Adobe Reader ranging from 5 to 8, will be filling out and submitting the form to one email address.
I tested out the form, and upon clicking the submit button, a new email message automatically opens up with the completed PDF attached. While testing from another computer that also has Acrobat 8 installed, and from a computer that has Reader 7 installed, upon clicking the submit button, a window pops up asking if the user has a desktop email application or an internet email application, and provides a "save as" button so the user can save it, start a new email, and attach the PDF. I'm afraid this is going to be way too complicated for some of our users.
I was wondering if I could use a script that will automatically send the PDF to the email address specified. I did a little researching on this, and found that this could be done via PHP (Pear?). I do have PHP installed on our webserver (where the PDF forms live), but have no idea how to do PHP. I did find some PHP scripts, but have no idea on what to do with those scripts, or what modifications would be needed.
I don't need to create PDFs with scripts or anything, as the PDFs are already created and fillable. I really don't want to have to do a bunch of editing of PHP scripts, as we have a lot of PDFs that we have online, and would like to have to ability to send them to an email address.
I would like to utilize the "distribute forms" function, so that the data could be saved in a PDF dataset, but I don't know how this could be done while using PHP to handle the sending of the data.
If someone knows of a simple tutorial that would be easy for us non-programmers, that would be wonderful. Thanks for the help!