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12-07-2008

Okay, I've successfully created a form I'm happy with. It submits to my biz

email address. All good.



Now... I'm not at all xml savvy. How to I get this xml file to save as

something useful? Right now it opens up in Dreamweaver, but I'd like to have

it display as pdf, preferably in an automated manner. How do I do that?



TIA.



tim

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12-07-2008

>How to I get this xml file to save as something useful?



It already is useful!



>Right now it opens up in Dreamweaver



I suspect you are double clicking or otherwise trying to "open" the

XML file. Windows doesn't know what to do with XML files (unless they

are made with Office), so you can't do that.



> but I'd like to have it display as pdf



Open the original PDF, do Forms > Manage form data > Import data



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12-07-2008

The thing I like about it the least: Let's say I develop a form for a web

site client. Now when their customers fill out that form, my client gets an

xml file. And my client isn't likely to have anything more than the Reader,

so....



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13-07-2008

>The thing I like about it the least: Let's say I develop a form for a web

>site client. Now when their customers fill out that form, my client gets an

>xml file. And my client isn't likely to have anything more than the Reader,

>so....



So... Adobe make a sale. At least potentially. That's their plan!



HOWEVER, under almost no circumstances would you do what you describe.

Email is not a reliable way to "submit" forms.



When someone designs an HTML web site and puts a form on a page, they

could submit this by email. Have you ever seen a site which submitted

a form that way? Probably not, it just doesn't work well enough.



If you are doing this commercially you need to be offering server side

form handling via PHP, ASP, CGI or whatever. These can send an email

of course, no problem there. If you want to send a PDF, you can buy

server side software for some thousands of dollars to do the merge of

data and PDF, and then email the PDF. This is not necessarily the best

client solution: usually better to email a notification and have a

private script on the server which delivers to the end user.



If all this sounds like more work than an HTML form, you should note

that you can submit in HTML format and similar processes apply. Also,

consider why you want PDF forms: what do you want to gain? There are

many, many things improved over HTML forms, but simplicity is not one

of them.



Aandi Inston