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We need to add a way to submit our online fillable PDF forms however they need to be returned electronically other than as an email attachment.   Looking for a solution.
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Question by:Lance McGrew
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by:Edwin Hoffer
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Dear Lance
You can easily submit your PDF Online. You can find this feature in Adobe Acrobat itself. Follow these steps to securely submit your PDF.
1. Open Adobe Acrobat Pro
2. Go to Tool menu
3. You will find Forms there, drag your mouse over it
4. Forms will expand and will show an option Button Tool
5. Click on button tool
1.png6. The button tool dialogue box will appear, go to Action tab in it
7. In Select Option dropdown menu, You'll find Submit a form option. Select it
2.png8. Enter the URL of the link you want to Add in. Click on OK to continue
3.png9. A security Warning will show asking ou that you trust the site or not. Click on Allow to complete your task
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Edwin Hoffer
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by:Lance McGrew
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Edwin, I had actually already seen a similar suggestion on Youtube however they used the mailto: rather than http:

So where does the PDF form submit to?  If mailto: is used, then I do not see any security on the transfer of data.
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by:Lance McGrew
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Also recently found, once the Submit button is created, the PDF should be saved so people with Free Edition of Adobe Acrobat can use the form.

This involves doing Save As, Reader Extended PDF, Enable Extended Features
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by:Edwin Hoffer
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Dear Lance

The PDF file is submitted to the URL of the required website. The "mailto:" option you are talking about, is used to send the email. If you have to mail the PDF to someone in that case "mailto:" is used.

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Edwin Hoffer
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by:Lance McGrew
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Edwin, the option to submit to the URL of the required website seems more secure than using the mailto: option which simply attaches the PDF and sends over unencrypted channels.

What needs to be on the website to receive the PDF?
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Edwin Hoffer earned 2000 total points
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Dear Lance

I found an informative Adobe page on google. You can get assisted by this informal guide for your query "What needs to be on the website to receive the PDF?"

Thanks & Regards
Edwin Hoffer
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by:Lance McGrew
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Thank you Edwin Hoffer for your help.
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