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Thanks PMG.Yes, I am wedded to the idea that I will only use Adobe PDF. The server component is a whole other story though. I understand the value of it, but as a small business, the idea of coughing up 60k is pretty much out of the question. Especially given that this form is a one of a kind, simple, time saver for my prospective clients.From what I understand about LC, Acrobat and Reader, there are severe limitations imposed on saving form information in Reader. My clients need to be able to d...

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Hi all, it's been a while since I've been here. I'm not a LC pro by any stretch, but I've been working on a personal project which I hope will someday result in a small business. The idea is simple: a client fills out a custom form in Acrobat Reader which I've created in LC Designer. Upon completion, they email the pdf (or XDF, or XML, or E4X or whatever might be possible, I'm not even sure!) back to my website.On my end... and this is hopefully automated... the data would be injected into a tem...

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Thanks Paul.I appreciate it.

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Hi,I'm working on a project where form data is sent to a database and then the data is injected into another pdf document. I'm new to this, and a database guy has asked me to provide the schema for both documents. I am having a helluva time getting my head wrapped around the concept of the schema. Is there a document out there that will help me out?I"ve looked it up in many places, but the information goes over my head way too quickly.From what I gather, the schema is like a blueprint for the fo...

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Paul,Your search got me to looking around, and I have found one solution. In the Windows Color and Appearance dialog box, changing the item color for "3D Object" will solve the problem.Graham

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Paul,Thank you very much for taking the time to investigate this. I hope something good comes of it.Graham

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I am using Windows 7 64 bit.

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Yeow! Thanks Niall, it's good to know it's not just the failing eyesite of a 53 year old male. To me, this is a very real concern. Presently, working in LC ES2 is very frustrating, enough so that I will have to go back to the previous version, as hunting down what I've selected is causing real eye-strain. Is there someplace I can take this issue that might get results?Thanks,Graham

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Please view the attached file. In LC ES2, the selected object in Heirarchy view is so similar to the background color as to be virtually indistinguishable. There MUST be some way to adjust this, but I can't find it. If there truly is not a way to increase the contrast for selected items, I BEG Adobe to fix this, as working in LC is almost intolerable otherwise.Hint: Row4Graham

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Thanks Steve, that's a start for sure!Graham

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I posted a similar message to this one about 3 months ago. I had to work on other projects and also learn more about the process to make this happen. In a nutshell, here's what I'm trying to accomplish:User downloads form from our website and fills it in. (dynamic form is complete)User clicks "Submit Form" button on form and XML data is sent to our server. (I'm currently learning about MySQL and PHP, not my forte)PHP script on server receives XML and adds input (field data) to database. Once tha...

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All,I am a bystander watching this thread, as creating a new pdf from all these different files is of great interest to me. I am interested in more than the question at hand.Nessmuk, I have been able to get to the point of viewing your file in preview mode, but it looks just like your form in Design View. As I understand it, the XSL file should define how the form appears in preview. How does the XSL file connect to the pdf?Thanks, and I look forward to seeing this thread being resolved.Graham

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No, we are going with a scheme of making the process open to many and charging a little for each use. Sort of like selling 1,000,000 of something for $1 rather than 1000 of something for $100.This is because our bread and butter clientele leans heavily toward people who are being paid very little for what they do or on a volunteer basis. If they adopt this workflow, then it will migrate to other places and may well become the mandatory method for filing in this particular genre (our biggest wish...

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The final product from the end user's perspective is a rash of forms for legal filings. By filling out one form (our product) and submitting the completed form to our business server, the end user will ultimately receive a number of legal forms, filled out and ready for filing, complete with extra exhibits if necessary.If we decide to include the final legal forms as hidden subforms within the master document whereas access to them is granted via this validation scheme, we need to make sure that...

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>>For this technique to work the passcode woudl have to be baked into the PDF before the user opened it. Now I have something to compare against.<>What is it you are trying to protect ....access to the PDFs?<

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Steve, yes thank you for your reply.Paul: "If you put an Open password on the PDF then when a user tries to open the file in Designer they will be required to enter the password. Is this sufficient?"It would be sufficient if it actually secures the document. That is what I'm writing about. There seem to be a lot of "utilities" (read: hacks) which disable the security of PDFs to varying degrees. I'm trying to ascertain if the efficacy of the built in security is sufficient.Graham

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SF,Your second level sounds interesting to me.What do you mean by" Protection is not dynamic"Thanks,Graham

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DJ,I admit "infrastructure" is a less than useful term. What I mean is the editable forms and subforms accessed through LC. How this form is structured and the underlying Javascript is the intellectual property I'd like to make sure stays secure, if possible.Graham

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I'm not so much concerned with the content of the form I'm creating but with the underlying javascript used in creating the dynamic functionality of this product.I've been researching security of PDF's, and I'm a bit worried. PDF Locker, Elcomsoft PDF Recovery Software, code obfuscators.... the list of possibilities goes on and on.It seems that my intellectual property is certainly going to be easy-pickin's for anyone with a modicum of software knowledge and more than passive curiosity.It also s...

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...opinions, anyone?

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I'm building a form which simplifies the process of filling out multiple documents. At the root of this is a dynamic form the user fills out. The end product is a group of documents the user simply prints out.As this is a for-profit strategy, licensing the usage of the service is important. To this point, I've been toying with the idea of having the user submit the form data (most likely as XML) to a server or web service. An integral part of this approach is user authentication via some sort of...

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Paul,OK, you've given me a lot to investigate. Specifically what all the parts of a schema are (I haven't studied that).Graham

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OK, Niall, I'll give it a go.Thanks, and have a good weekend. I'm heading to Nashville Tennessee to hear some music this weekend.Graham

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Thanks for your input, Niall, but I suppose I'll just go back to breaking the text out into it's own separate text box. Often, my background colors change, and it's too much of a hassle to input the correct color(s).It'd be great if Adobe did an overhaul of the color palette area of LC to be more in keeping with the look and functionality of programs like Photoshop.Thanks,Graham

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DJ,Yes, I know what you mean. I've been doing that up till now, but I'm trying to cut down on the number of objects in this large form in an effort to increase responsiveness.Niall, I understand what and why you did what you did, but I just want the text box to be white all the time, without it changing color. It would seem that would be as simple as something like "this.(value/color/whatever) = "255,255,255";"Is there something so simple?Graham

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OK, saw the video, got the T-shirt. 🙂 In effect, I'm screwed.Top most concern is getting tab order correct when using instanced subforms. As that functionality breaks when Tab Order is set to Custom, Automatic is what the tab order will be.As ignoring buttons (or anything) to being part of the tab order while still remaining selectable (i.e. not placed in Protected mode) is impossible, then those myriad buttons will have to be included in the tab order (I can see user frustration now).IMHO, thi...

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Hey Niall,OK, I'll see if I can find those MAX sessions.After writing my post, another issue popped up that I neglected to address. That is the one of "protecting" a field to remove it from tab order. On my long form, I have placed navigation buttons on the top of each page (6 in all). I would like these buttons to be ignored in tabbing, but of course protecting them would make them unusable. Any thoughts on that?Graham

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OK, so it's not really all that painful, just a bit odd and tough to get where I want to go. I've read other posts where this is discussed, but the final solution was never reached. Here's what I've gathered so far:Q: Tab order doesn't work properly when creating instanced subforms. The new instances of the subform get dropped to the bottom of the tab order list. How do I keep new instanced subforms in the proper tab order?A: New instances will keep the tab order if Automatic tabbing is used.**O...

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Simple one, but I can't find it in the reference. I've seen it before, though. The image attached illustrates what I need. When the page is a colored background, I want to fill with a different color JUST the text box where the user inputs data, not the entire text box object. I'm searching for the JavaScript code which allows for the fill of that portion of the textbox only.Thanks!Graham

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