Has anyone figured out a workaround? I know there are other free viewers (tracker software) but small business client isn't going to like that they have to pour thousands into reader extensions. There must be a way for a PDF designed in LiveCycle ES4 v.11 and allow the end user to save a copy (and submit via email) from Acrobat Reader DC. I see lots of threads complaining about this very simple problem but I do not see any solutions that utilize a free adobe reader. I am aware of the PRINT to PDF solution but not all end users have a PDF printer on their computer. Adobe please help.
You can't use Reader, you have to use Acrobat. So your client will have to get Acrobat and Reader-enable the forms that you develop. If you don't have Acrobat, you can download and install the trial version so you can test this out.
Try doing the following. Don't know if it is available in DC or requires DC Pro. With the file open in DC,
From the File menu
Select ‘Save as Other…’
Select ‘Reader Extended PDF’
Select ‘Enable More Tools (Including form fill-in and save)…’
This step will need to be done every time after you make any changes to the form.
Client is technologically challenged. They want nothing to do with creating PDFs, sending PDFs, etc. They hired me to create their forms which will be available from a password protected directory on their website and stored (after completion) on a HIPAA compliant email server. Why is this so complicated?
As you said above, George, "You can't use Reader, you have to use Acrobat. So your client will have to get Acrobat and Reader-enable the forms that you develop. If you don't have Acrobat, you can download and install the trial version so you can test this out."
The key words being, " . . . So your client will have to get Acrobat and Reader-enable the forms that you develop." It was just a tad misleading, which is what I was commenting on to Tony. And, downloading a trial version? My clients do not have installation rights, much less the desire to install Acrobat DC Pro. All they want is a working form for their Adobe Reader DC.
'Not "selling the form either, by the way." Sorry.
Thank you for your input. It is none the less appreciated.
Not the end user, but the person who is distributing the form to the end users. That Acrobat license allows the licensee to Reader-enable documents and distribute them, but it does not allow the licensee to sell Reader-enabled forms to someone else who distributes them.
You don't need Acrobat, your client does. It's far less cost than LiveCycle Reader Extensions, which would have been the only option before Acrobat DC was available. Licensing costs can be as low as $14.99/month. So if their need is limited, it can be done for very little.
An option is to Reader-enable the form with Acrobat DC. It doesn't have the licensing restrictions related to enabled documents that previous versions do. You won't be able to Reader-enable documents for your client with Acrobat, but your client can.