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Possible to name individual radio buttons in exclusion group?

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Whenever I name these radio buttons, their rawValues do not export to Excel using the "Merge data into a spreadsheet" function in Acrobat.  So I've just named the overall exclusion group and left the individual buttons as "untitled radio button".

I have an exclusion group of 9 radio buttons, and other objects and subforms in my form reference these radio buttons.  It's quite annoying to have to use xfa.resolveNode in if/else statements as it's difficult to keep track of them.

Has anyone ran across this problem or found a way to code in a more "clear" way?

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Level 10

Hi,

I saw your post elsewhere in relation to the export to spreadsheet, but I have not seen that problem before.

When script against radio buttons, I always place the script in an event of the radio button exclusion group and NOT in the individual radio buttons. The selected radio button will confer its value on the radio button exclusion group.

Niall

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Level 10

I saw your other post and thought I'd give it a try. I've never used this function in Acrobat before but thought I'd try it and see what's going on and I can't replicate your problem.

I tried an exclusion group with and without specifying item values and the exclusion group and buttons are named. It seemed to work fine when using the Merge Data Files Into Spreadsheet function, at least the values show up.

Perhaps it's a versioning problem? Acrobat and/or Designer version, there might be a bug? I'm using Acrobat 9.5.0 and Designer ES2 (9.0.0.2...).

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Level 4

Hi Jono,

Can I attach a sample PDF or email it to you? I recreated the problem with 3 exclusion groups on blank PDF.

They all have specified values (1,2).

The first excl group has Exclusion group AND Buttons named-its data does not appear on spreadsheet.

The 2nd and 3rd have opposite items named (one has to be unamed)-data does appear, but in different ways.

So strange!

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Level 4

Thanks Niall, I think that is a good practice.  But it seems that if I have an outside object that references that excl group, I have to give the SOM of the specific radio button rather than the group. 

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Level 10

You can post your form to Acrobat.com and share the link here - remember to publish the file before sharing the link.

It sounds like you've got some other issues going on - you shouldn't have to reference a specific radio button in an exclusion group, all the values are on the group itself.

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Level 4

Jono,

I see that Acrobat X has the SendNow function. Perhaps there is a way to upload to Acrobat.com but it only allows an email address input. I know v9 had the collaborate Icon allowing for direct upload but cannot find if on X anywhere.   Comment>Review>Send for Shared Review  will only work for non-interactive forms (this example PDF has radio buttons). 

Am I missing something? I feel that Adobe is making this difficult to sell value-add services.

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Level 10

Hi David, acrobat.com is a file sharing hub.

Go there and log in with your Adobe ID, then you can upload files. Once uploaded click on the file and you'll see a dropdown menu, from there you can share the file - it should ask you to publish the file first and then you can share the link.

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Level 4

Thanks Jono, that site is pretty useful.  I published the test PDF and an export spreadsheet.

Here's a link to the radio button PDF:

https://acrobat.com/#d=JE7dTTEv41rIY9UFqy9LBA

Exported data spreadsheet:

https://acrobat.com/#d=NOR2DMV8WPDV38uvKgvnXQ

I created the PDF in:

LiveCycle Designer ES 2

I reader-enabled the PDF in:

Acrobat Pro X

I'm curious if you can replicate my result.  I'm afraid it is some sort of bug.

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Level 10

Seems to work fine for me with Acrobat 9. Not sure what to suggest.

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Level 4

So you had 3 rawValues export over?  The way the test PDF is set up, there should be 4 field columns (1 being null). 

Well, if it's some bug on my version, at least I have the work around of keeping the buttons unamed.

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Level 10

Yeah, 4 columns, all the values were present.

I changed the zz exclusion group to use the named values instead of the bound values and that worked fine too.

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Yes, I have the same problem.  It only happens when trying to export (merge data to spreadsheet) with Acrobat X.  It doesn't happen with Acrobat 9. 

Acrobat X doesn't export all fields from pdf form data.  One example is radio button data.  This is really annoying and I would love to find a solution to this problem.

I create all my forms with LiveCycle Designer ES 8.2 and use two computers, one with WinXP/Acrobat9 and the other with Win7/AcrobatX.

Because of this problem I am holding off having the rest of the business uint upgrade to Acrobat X.

Many thanks for any help.