I'm trying to figure out how to create a couple of PDFs where the basic idea is that there is a salesperson-side form and a customer-side handout. I'm wondering how to create a fillable PDF form that once the fields have been completely filled out by a salesperson and they hit something similar to a Submit button, that the information entered into the fields is then output into a summary format (perhaps into a separate file altogether?), and the new file would include marketing information, coupons and discounts, etc that could be given to a customer. Is this something that can be done?
As stated in a comment, the actual implementation depends on the project concerned.
A few approaches:
• The "output" pages could be part of the data entry document, and the information is simply passed to according fields in those pages; calculations and logic may be applied. The output pages may be visible, or they may be hidden Templates, which get spawned when the data entry is finished.
• The "output" pages are in their own document, and the data entry document opens it, and pushes relevent data to fill. The output document still may have some local intelligence.
I think either way might work, but the second bullet might work better (in this case). Are there any resources you can refer me to that would give some direction on how I could do this? May 10, 2017 at 12:58
In order to capture and process form data in a PDF you need Adobe Livecycle.
PDFs forms offer no inherent ability to actually process anything other than basic mouse events.
Without Livecycle, you might consider just an intranet web page for sales people to fill out an HTML form, which could then generate a PDF using server-side scripting.
I don't think they want to capture and process the data. They just want to recreate/output what was entered into the fields into a different format. Im not 100% sure if they know what they want, I just wanted to know if thats something that can be done with PDFs. May 10, 2017 at 2:19
Uhm..."...recreate/output what was entered into the fields..." that is processing the entered data.– ScottMay 10, 2017 at 2:20
Yes I thought an HTML form would probably be what they would want, not PDF May 10, 2017 at 2:20
Of course, one can overcomplicate things with server support, and – even worse – with XFA. And sometimes, it may be necessary. However, the scenario described in the OP have been implemented in PDF and are/were productively used.– Max WyssMay 10, 2017 at 9:34