have upgraded to WP X8. A feature that sounds like it might be useful is fill-able PDFs. Are there links to help me learn how to (a) create a fill-able form (b) fill in a pile of such forms (c) export the data that has been filled in in comma-separated or tab-separated or pipe-separated formats. Any hints? Has anybody tried this? Is there a way to have "select one" e.g., 'What state do you live in?' Is there a way to have "check all that apply" e.g., "what subjects did you take this semester?" I do not see fill-able forms under <file> <new from project> or <file> <new from template> Edit Post Reply Reply With Quote
What about (c) above? How do you export the data in a comma separated format?
By using a Submit button, you can cause Adobe Reader email a summary of the data in the form to a specified address. However, I do not believe Adobe Reader puts it into CSV format.
I guess I was not clear on what I was trying to do.
Wrt CSV format, It would be even better to have all of the replies in a WP table or QuattroPro spreadsheet.
I may be reading incorrectly but the free version of Adobe Reader does not have the ability to extract filled in data from returned fillable PDFs. The paid version is expensive for occasional volunteer work.
Since WP can create fillable PDFs is it possible in WP to put
(1) some identifier for each fillable field.
Eaxamples of fields would be Name, AddressLine1, AddressLIne2, CellPhone, Email, School, Credits Taken, GPA, Major1, Major2, Minor1, Minor2
(2) automatically put something like curly brackets around filed in data (Would look ugly but ...)
(3) read returned PDFs into WP and extract the filled in data
(4) get the extracted data into a WP table or QP spreadsheet.
In brief we would like to send out fillable PDFs and end up with a WP table with the returned results. Since WP can read PDFs is there a way to get the table we need without buying the Professional Adobe?
I found other software that I have on my system which will let me do what you describe. Paperport 14.
Unfortunately, it looks like that is not free software.
Are there ways to have non-printing (i.e., invisible characters from WP that carry through to PDF. If there are the, returned forms could be read into WP and the filled in data extracted with Macros.
That approach would also probably work with Python.