[thelist] Saving PDFs

Julian Rickards julian.rickards at gmail.com
Thu Oct 5 20:13:27 CDT 2006

Just for clarification, I work for the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Northern
Development and Mines. In fact it doesn't matter which ministry I work for
because the government has centralized all PDF forms for all ministries on a
single eforms site and we don't make the forms, they do (which causes great
delays in correcting or updating them).

All that aside, we have some clients who often use the same forms multiple
times and would like to store partly completed forms on their hard drive for
later reuse. All of our forms are to be mailed or faxed, we don't have the
functionality to have the data submitted to a server.

Regarding the Acrobat matrix, I seem to have read that saving a form from
Reader is possible if Acrobat (the creator) has enabled this functionality.
I haven't looked into this and won't be able to until my extra-long weekend
(Friday plus Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend) is done and I return to work on


On 05/10/06, dwain.alford at gmail.com <dwain.alford at gmail.com> wrote:
> John Dowdell wrote:
> > Rickards, Julian (NDM) wrote:
> >> I know that you can't save partly-completed PDF
> >> forms if you have only Acrobat Reader and I know that I can save
> >> partly-completed PDF forms in Acrobat 7 Pro but I don't know if a user
> >> of Acrobat 7 Standard can.
> >
> >
> > The basic distinction is that the free Adobe Reader is a reader, with
> > some collaborative abilities (commenting, etc), while Acrobat (either
> > Standard or Professional) is a creation tool. Acrobat users can set
> > permissions on documents they create for varying tasks done in the free
> > Reader.
> >
> to my understanding forms can be saved in reader if the "sender" has the
> server extensions in place for this to happen.  several years ago i was
> doing research for a real estate company to put their forms in pdf
> format so they could be filled out online or in the office and saved for
> later printing when necessary.
> what i found out was for this to happen you had to purchase a package
> from adobe that cost several thousand dollars.  needless to say the real
> estate company passed on the idea.
> dwain
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