Greetings (I'm desperately seeking an answer to this, but I'll try to keep the rhetoric toned down!):
Is there a way for LCD (8.05) or AcrobatPro (8.1.2) to convert a (static) XFA Form into the old AcroForm format? I have a large static XFA form (created in LCD), but the Java API that I'm using to pre-populate some values currently works only with the AcroForm format.
FYI, there are two "informal workarounds" to be found on the net, but I can't get either of these to work in LCD or AcrobatPro:
o From Carl Young: "Create PDF -> From Web Page"; select the XFA form instead of a web page; Acrobats web page conversion tool would turn the XML inside the Designer form to a regular PDF. Only works in Acrobat 7.
o From Ted Padova: "Document->Extract Pages" (static XFA only). This option is always grayed-out on any static XFA form I create.
So unless there are other suggestions out there, would you say that my best option for an immediate solution is to track down a copy of AcrobatPro 7 and use that? I've tried creating an AcroForm manually with AcrobatPro's "Tools->Forms->Text Field Tool"/etc, but it's very, very difficult to replicate all the form field config and layout we did in LCD. Having to do that might force us to abandon PDF forms altogether.