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METHODS
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Summary
Method-1 (Save): Save Form to HD by File Menu
Method-2 (Export by Menu): Export Data to HD by Forms Menu
Method-3 (Export by JavaScript): Export Data to HD by JavaScript
Method-4 (Submit): Submit Data to Web Server by Field Action
Method-5 (Email): Export Data to HD by JavaScript and Email Server
Method-6 (Global Variables): Export Data to HD by Global Variables
Method-7 (Copy/Paste): Copy/Paste Data to HD by JavaScript
Pros and Cons of Each Method

SUMMARY

There are the following basic methods to save PDF Forms:

Method-1 (Save): Save Form to HD by File Menu. Save or Save As item can be selected by the Acrobat full program or Acrobat Reader File Menu.

Method-2 (Export by Forms Menu): Export Data to HD by Forms Menu. Export Data item can be selected by the Acrobat full program Forms Menu.

Method-3 (Export by JavaScript): Export Data to HD by JavaScript. Export as FDF action can be called by a button (or text) field created by a form creator.

Method-4 (Submit): Submit Data to a Web server by a field action. Submit Data action can be called by a button (or text) field created by a form creator. This will export data into a file automatically created and submitted to a Web server to be processed by a server-side software. After processing the file can be downloaded by a form user directly to computer hard drive (HD) or emailed to a recipient.

Method-5 (Email): Export Data to HD by using a JavaScript and email server. Email Data JavaScript action can be called by a button (or text) field created by a form creator. This will export data into a file automatically created in a computer hard drive and appearing as an attachment in an open email window. This attachment can just remain in computer hard drive or be emailed to a recipient.

Method-6 (Global Variables): Export Data to HD by Global Variables. Copy Data to Global Variables JavaScript action can be called by a button (or text) field created by a form creator. This will export data into a file automatically created in user's computer hard drive.

Method-7 (Copy/Paste): Copy/Paste Data to HD by JavaScript. Copy Data to Clipboard JavaScript action can be called by a button (or text) field created by a form creator. This will export data into a Clipboard. The user can paste data from the Clipboard into any file in user's computer hard drive.

There are pros and cons of each method, depending on:

- Whether a method is available in both the Acrobat full program and Reader or in the Acrobat full program only.
- Whether a method allows to save data together with the form, or to save data only (without the form).
- Whether a method allows to save data typed into form fields, or to save data typed into a flat (field-less) space, or both.
- Whether a method allows to save data directly to a computer hard drive (without using email or Web server), or to save data by using an email server, or to save data by using a Web server.
- Whether a method allows to save the values of the fields together with the properties of the fields, or to save the values of the fields only (without the properties).
- Whether a method creates a file (containing a saved data) automatically or the file must be created by a form user.

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