While working with LiveCycle forms, we received one from a customer that had an odd behavior. When looking at it through Acrobat reader, we got the data we expected. When attempting to use some other tools to extract data, we got a whole other set of data for the forms.
Our customer(s) use the form as a template, pastes the latest data into the form, and then uses Save As to create a final copy to send to us. Using some Linux tools we found that the form was actually maintaining at least three different sets data that had been used to fill the form. It turns out that the Acrobat products were reading the latest data, while our other tools were picking up the first set.
First the important question: Is there some sort of versioning switch or command I can use to ensure that the form contains ONLY the latest set of data?
Less important but interesting question: Why is the form saving this old data, and how much bloat can be expected?