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Create an Editable PDF Form

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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I want to be able to create an editible PDF (kind of like an application for a job).  Where I can send it to someone, have them fill it out, return it to me and then save the data from the PDF into a spreadsheet or database.

Is this possible with a PDF.   I konw I can do this on a web page, but I am looking for it in a PDF type of environment.  Thanks.
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yes you need to get adobe acrobat professional or above not just the free reader

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

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Acrobat Pro will allow you to create form fields on a PDF that a user can fill in, but if they only have Adobe Reader, they will not be able to save the form and send it back to you.   To get around this, you can add a "Submit" button to your PDF form, which will allow the user to send the data contained in the PDF to you via email as a CSV file.  Since you are going to dump the data into a database anyways, this solution should work for you.
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Yes it this possible.... but not so easily... and may cost something.

If you are really looking for a "Fill-out PDF form" file you will have to use the
"Acrobat FDF Toolkit" (Acrobat Forms Data Format).

This toolkit from adobe allow you to create pdf file that will read/write directly to your server database. (Unfortunatly there is not a lots of documentation about this)

You may also look at the "Adobe LiveCycle Form" if you are looking for something greater.

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http://www.adobe.com/devnet/acrobat/fdftoolkit.html
http://redgoose.ca/blog/3/adobe-fdf-tookit-with-c-net
http://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle/designer/

Also take a look at those others links & companies
http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/acrobat/articles/acr7formdesign/acr7formdesign.pdf
http://www.amgraf.com/pages/eforms.html
http://www.formrouter.com/pdf/readerextensions.htm

Hope this help!!



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