I TA a general bio lecture as part of my graduate school responsiblities. I"ve created a form I'd like my students to fill out and email back to me and I've tested it with one of my other TA's (we both have Adobe Professional). While it does work between the two of us, the students cant seem to submit a filled out form.
From what I'm reading, it looks like a very expensive piece of software is required for this simple functionality.
I'm guessing that a form that has already been designed is opened up in this software and one of the save options allows this PDF to be emailed w/the data fields filled out, just like in professional.
If all we need is someone to take our form and save it w/that feature enabled, is it possible that someone on this forum would be willing to save some of our files that allow the save/email functionality for a per file/fee basis?
If there is an inexpensive add-on to LiveCycle Designer that lets people save/email the filled out form using just Adobe Reader, I'd sure like to know about it. I'm getting confused as to the LiveCycle Reader Extensions products and software products.
My first suggestion would be to ask your Adobe rep for education pricing on Reader Extensions. Since you have a small number of forms and the "audience" (or Tier) is small it should be fairly inexpensive. Check with other departments too to see if you already own the technology or group together to share a server license.
The next option is for students to find a machine with Acrobat on it and then fill out and submit the form. Acrobat allows all features of your PDF to be enabled.
Lastly, when students click on the "email" button in a non-extended form you will receive the data of the form. This XDP file can actually be tied back into your original form easily or you can create a simple XML reading program to process the data for you. To automate this process you could have all your students "submit / email" their forms to a specific email. On the back-end create an application that automatically monitors this email (pop/imap) and processes the XML data that is received as attachments.