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Old 03-14-2005, 12:24 AM   #1
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Default Acrobat 6 (and 7) use with forms

I've never had to design Acrobat Forms before, but just had a job that required it. The idea is that a questionnaire will be made available to download from a website and the data saved as an .fdf file (form data file, apparently) and that data is returned via email to the author. The idea is that the data is only a few kb rather than the whole PDF file, which can be large(ish).

With Reader versions up to 5, one can simply export the file data to the .fdf file on the user's hard drive and send it as an attachment. With Reader 6 and 7, at least in the free Reader program, you get a message as soon as you start to fill in the form saying that the data cannot be saved locally. What is the scoop here? How can more recent versions of Reader not do something as fundamental as this?

I suspect that Adobe is trying to make a little more money here by forcing users to buy at least the standard version of Acrobat in order to fill in forms.

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