Samstag, 20. Juni 2009

PDF and forms

My dear readers!

Today i want to write about pdf and forms. A good topic for adobe - a bit like a money machine ;-)

In the past we're happy to fill a pdf-form directly on the monitor ... then doing the printout ... 'cause saving the formfield data with the adobe reader wasn't possible ... and the next time we would fill the data again ... :-(

These were the good old days if we're knowing only the free adobe reader for reading pdf documents...

Now there are better days. Since a while there is the free foxit pdf reader on the market. Faster and more slim than the adobe reader. With all functionality what the "normal" user in front of the monitor requires. ...And he can fill in formfields, and he can save the filled formfields, and if the form is loaded again these values can be changed... and saved again ...! The foxit reader is my absolute favorite!

What does the "great pdf inventor" ...? No. He doesn't enhance his pdf reader... but he enhance his form creation tools and build in check routines to proof if a form (created by an adobe tool) was changed by another pdf tool. What does this mean? If a form made by an adobe tool was changed (and fill in data and save it into the form is a modification) is opend by the adobe reader all form fields are not usable anymore!

I've made this experiences with a form made by the adobe product "InDesign".

But there's no problem without a solution. And if we don't have the solution then we have to create it ;-)
Soon i'll create a tool (dll or application ... we will see) which can take all properties and formfields from an adobe form building a new quite similar form without all these check routines. With these form we can work with the adobe reader and the foxit reader and ... without these annoying restrictions.

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Cheers and a nice day,
Ingo Schmoekel