Acrobat x mailto submit button

Posted on 2011-10-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am creating a PDF timesheet in acrobat x pro, I have made a submit button with a mailto: command attached. The document sends off Ok, but when it is recieved at the other end and open end the following error comes up "The file you are attempting to open contains comments or form data that are supposed to be placed on. This document cannot be found. blah blah blah"

Now I have tried to save as "reader extended pdf", but nothing seems to work.

I basically want to create a timesheet for myself that I can fill in, then hit the submit button and the whole form and content is sent to my office manager in a PDF format. Then she can copy and paste information I have typed into the form into our accounting software.

I am new to adobe acrobat x, so thats probably half the problem
Question by:milkymoo1973
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    Are you using Reader to fill out the form? The error message sounds like you are only submitting the form data in FDF form. Reader can only do that - unless the from has extended rights.

    If you are using the full version of Acrobat, you should be able to attach the complete - filled out - PDF file. This is an option when you setup your Submit function.

    Can you either attach the PDF file (or one that is similar, but does not contain any information you don't want to share), or at least describe exactly how you created the submit function.
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    You can setup an e-mail submit button, but you will need a default client-side e-mail software such as outlook to send and attach the PDF.

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