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Converting Acrobat to Omniform

By JM33 ·
I am trying to find a way to convert an Adobe Acrobat 4.0 PDF form to a Caere Omniform 4.0 form. It is possible to convert the Omniform to a PDF, but I haven't found a way to do it the other way around. I have also tried to Print To Omniform to recognize the form, but this doesn't work on my Windows 2000 machine. I have also used plugings to convert it to a TIFF file then to Omniform, but this does not work very well. If you have any ideas or know of any pluggins for Adobe Acrobat to convert it to Omniform, let me know.
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by hayden.searle In reply to Converting Acrobat to Omn ...

Sorry to use the standard helpdesk line but if there was one what was the error message?
Generally alot of the answers can be found by investigating what the error message says. If you can supply that then I'm sure we'll be able to help a bit better.
It could just be a Win2k thing as I've found that greating PDF's on my Win2k machine isnt producing the same results as when using Win 98.

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by JM33 In reply to Converting Acrobat to Omn ...

It will just stays in the printer que for about 3- 5 minutes, then says there is an error that the device is not connected. It is connected as far as I can tell, i have re-installed Omniform before. That function of "printing to Omniform" doesn't seem to work with my maching. Maybe I just need to re-install Omniform again?

I am still looking for another way to do it though, that will function better.

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by JM33 In reply to Converting Acrobat to Omn ...

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by darren.marynchak In reply to Converting Acrobat to Omn ...

This is probably not what you are looking for (or have already thought of this) but here goes. I've asked this question to some one with good doc experience. While they are not experienced with 'Omniform' they've had this situation with other apps. The experience is that converting to PDF is usually somewhat trivial but not going the other way.

A solution that might work, while far from automated, is to use Window (clipboard) and convert a page at a time (copy/paste). The problem (and this may be dated material) is that PDF is a proprietary Adobe format. There is no native editable version once it gets into PDF (to my knowledge) -- pretty much, once you move a document to Adobe PDF -- it is almost like having a printed copy, as far as working with it further electronically.

Oh, there's also the solution of just re-typing the document. Kidding of course...

Anyway, hope this helps...

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by JM33 In reply to Converting Acrobat to Omn ...

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by Gregory W. Smith In reply to Converting Acrobat to Omn ...

If I recall, Omniform will recognize faxed material as input. And you could certainly do a print to fax using whatever free faxware you might have available...

So that could be another way to get there. I suspect it will be similar to your .TIF experience, though.

Will Omniform import .PCL? You could just setup a HP4 driver and print to a file...

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by JM33 In reply to Converting Acrobat to Omn ...

Printing to a fax would probably be worse than trying to recognize the Tiff. Omniform won't import the printed file either, I have tried that also.

Does anyone know of any way I can set my Windows 2000, so that it will allow me to print to omniform from another application?

Thanks anyway

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by ronaldr321 In reply to Converting Acrobat to Omn ...

If Omniform can accept a postscript input then print the PDF file using a postscript printer (any will do) and print to file command. Change the .prn file to .ps and presto you have a postscript file that can be imported into any application that can read it. (I hope Omniform can.)

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by JM33 In reply to Converting Acrobat to Omn ...

Nope, Omniform can't do it. Omniform can bring an image in from the scanner or by scanning a TIF or PCX image file. I tried to change the extension to bring it in, but it would not recognize it. Omniform is very very picky!

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by JM33 In reply to Converting Acrobat to Omn ...

If someone could tell me how to convert a pdf to a TIF or PCX image file, i might be able to solve the problem

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