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Chapter 44. Working with Advanced Acroba... > COLLECTING DATA FROM FORMS

COLLECTING DATA FROM FORMS

Although Acrobat gives you some basic tools to convert a document into an electronic form—a legacy from the pre-Designer days—it is better to use Designer if you intend to create new forms from scratch and are feeling creative about the way your forms should look. The drawback is that Designer is available only to Windows users. For Mac users the legacy form tools in Acrobat should still be able to do a decent job. You have already learned about those tools in Chapter 43, “Understanding Menus and Options in Acrobat,” and you explore Designer in Chapter 46, so let's concentrate for now on how you can use Acrobat forms to collect data. Electronic forms can be used to survey your clients about the quality of your services, for example, or to submit tests in web-based training courses.

There are two basic ways to set up a form to collect data via Acrobat: email-based and web-based. In an email-based collection you create a list of email recipients to whom you'll send the form, and in a web-based collection you upload the form to a web server to be accessed via a web browser. To create either one, you need to insert a Submit button in your form using either Acrobat or Designer.


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