Data collection options




What are the available data collection options when designing forms in LiveCycle?


I am investigating all available data collection options in XFA forms made using LiveCycle. The preferred user experience would be to save a form locally and be able to revisit the form and edit their data (i.e. not printing to a PDF). Also acceptable would be the ability to export form data as a text/csv/XML file and later have the ability to import the data into a blank PDF.

I have recently spoke with an Adobe representative regarding Reader Extensions and LiveCycle server, however the implementation cost is prohibitive when considering the number of forms we need to produce (prohibitive in the sense that a web application is more cost effective to develop and maintain than the per form cost + maintenance fee for reader extended forms). So before we jump the proverbial Adobe ship, are there any additional data collection options I am overlooking?

Things I've investigated:

  • The aforementioned Reader Extensions/LiveCycle Server
  • (it appears this requires a form to be certified, however the documentation for which is fragmented to say the least. Any resources here?)


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If you are looking for a turnkey solution, then the products you mention will work. However, if you are willing to build some components yourself, you can accomplish most of what you want without cost. Without reader extensions you cannot save a filled PDF, however, you can submit your XML to a server. That same XML can be used to be imported into a PDF, using a "turncoat" XDP.