Hopefully, those of you in the US are well rested after a Labor Day holiday. I know the UK rested last week ... not sure about other countries?
A quick note to get back into the blogging thang ... PDF template versions. Adobe are releasing new versions of Acrobat every week it seems and Im getting more and more questions 'why doesn't my PDF template work' - for the most part its a simple question of PDF version. Our templates work with 1.4, Adobe are up to 1.7 at least - we can not work with that version. Is it a bug? An enhancement may be ...
the good news is that Adobe provide a feature in Acrobat to reduce the specification to 1.4 so your template can work with Publisher. So, before you do anything like adding fields to the template, reduce the specification, then start adding the fields.
In some cases, this does not work either - we have not quite pinned down why but again there is a workaround. Use the Adobe Distiller printer driver and 'print' your PDF template. This will generate a completely flattened and Publisher friendly template that you can load back into Adobe and start building the template. You should know that using Distiller will remove any of the form fields in your template so they will need to be re-entered on the new form.
The PDF technology that Publisher provides came a while before its upstart RTF cousin. With its fancy page calculations, barcode support, last page only, etc. PDF templates have their place - if you have a form already and its needs filling and has some tabular data its the tool. But we have not taken it much beyond that. With Adobe's new form building tools with dynamic layouts, etc, I'd like to hear from folks if they want to use these newer tools.