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By tedjp ·
I work for a City department that is still using countless paper forms to conduct routine departmental business. My assignment is to get all the City and State forms commonly used here and convert them to forms that the users can fill out at their PCs. My preferred tool for this task is Adobe Acrobat, but the users complain that they cannot save partially completed PDF forms to disk for later completion. We cannot afford licensing for all users to have full Adobe Acrobat package access, so I don't have the option of supplying everybody with Acrobat Distiller or Acrobat Printer drivers.
I have attempted to install GhostScript, GhostView, RedMon, and Free PDF as an option, but this is giving me unacceptable results, and demands a level of end-user sophistication that we simply don't have in this department.
I have heard that there is a "Plug In" for the free Adobe Acrobat Reader that facilitates the saving and retrieval of partially completed forms, but I am unable to locate any such plug-in.
Any tips on saving lengthy, partially completed Adobe Acrobat forms - utilizing any available freeware - would be greatly appreciated.
I realize that I have the option of using MS WORD forms tools - or other WP utilities - but I was hoping to make ADOBE our Deparmental standard and our Intranet standard. These forms must sometimes be completed by more than one unit, not all of which have the same WP software.
Thanks.
ted_davis@ci.sf.ca.us

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by MCSE2kgrl In reply to Free PDF Installation/PDF ...

Free PDF is a utility which allows you to create PDFs just by printing to a "Create PDF" printer, from any Windows 9x/ME application FOR FREE! Free PDF bridges between RedMon (owned by Ghostgum Software Pty Ltd) and Aladdin Ghostscript (owned by Aladdin Enterprises), thus simplifying the PDF creation process, providing useful options and making it easy to use them. Configuration of the programs requires comprehension and some effort on your part. Although, functionally, Free PDF behaves like a printer, Free PDF is not a printer driver. You can use any Postscript printer driver you like. So you can print anything (almost) to a PDF limited only by your imagination. Note that some of the advanced PDF features, including PDF hotlinks and PDF Table of Contents, are not supported.

Go here to download it:
http://www.webxd.com/zipguy/frpdfdl.htm

Hope it helps
Angela

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by tedjp In reply to Free PDF Installation/PDF ...

Good idea, but FREE PDF efforts have given me poor results. The "bogus post script printer" selection may have a great deal to do with the "presentation" quality of the end result, but, my experiments in FREEPDF have generated final documents that are simply unpresentable. Also, FREEPDF experiements have resulted in the loss of the ADOBE FORM FIELDS on retrieval from *.ps files. The user would end up with a degradation of quality print, and be deprived of the FORM FIELDS throughout the remainder of the partially completed document. FREE PDF is indeed a "fun tool" for providing one with a "Poor person's imitation Adobe Acrobat," but I have not been able to make it work in a way that maintains normal PDF quality, or "bells and whistles" of ADOBE such as FORM FIELDS. Again, my users are not at a skill level that allows them to tackle the complexities of FREEPDF installation, configuration, or usage.
Ted

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by tedjp In reply to Free PDF Installation/PDF ...

Angela,
Thanks much for the tips, but most of my users are working in an NT environment. You must have overlooked the part of my question that says: "I have attempted to install GhostScript, GhostView, RedMon, and Free PDF
as an option, but this is giving me unacceptable results, and demands a level
of end-user sophistication that we simply don't have in this department." So I was a bit surprised that you suggested the option as new. Yes, saving partially completed forms to Post Script Print files and retrieving them as PDF files may be possible, but I need to provide this service to inexperienced users in an NT environment. I need a "KISS" method - keep it simple.
But thanks anyway.
Ted

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