You can not save data typed into this form – Adobe LiveCycle

So you want to create a form using Adobe LiveCycle and want to distribute it to people and allow them to fill in the form and be able to save it locally to send back to you. Sadly using LiveCycle alone you won’t be able to do this. You could purchase Adobe LiveCycle Reader Extensions which allows anyone with Adobe Reader to save the form and the form data, but this costs an unknown amount of money and is aimed at larger corporates. Apparently there are also a few services which will allow you to do this for a pay per PDF fee.

After much digging I *finally* found the answer which won’t be of benefit to anyone other than those who also own a copy of Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional or higher (including Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard).

Here’s what you need to do.

1. Create your form in LiveCycle and save
2. Open in Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional or higher
3. Click on ‘Advanced’ in the toolbar
4. Select ‘Enable Usage Rights in Adobe Reader’ or ‘Extend Features in Adobe Reader’ (whichever of these your version displays)

It will then allow you to save your PDF with the ability for end users with only Acrobat Reader to save the form locally using Save As.

 

14th January 2013 Update

Thanks tadees for these steps in Acrobat X

1. Open the form you created in LC in Acrobat X
2. Goto File > Save As > Reader Extended PDF
3. Select Enable Additional Feature

At this point, you’ll be prompted to save a copy with Reader rights enabled, meaning that your users (using Reader) will be able to fill out and save the form as a .pdf to their system.

17 thoughts on “You can not save data typed into this form – Adobe LiveCycle

  1. Your solution should be the first one to pop up when people search for this type of problem, everything else doesn’t make sense. Thank you.

  2. Hi Yvette, if you follow the instructions in the above post it will eliminate the popup coming up when the PDF document is opened. You will need a full version of Adobe Acrobat though.

  3. I have created a form in LiveCycle, but when I click preview I get the following popup: Please note: You cannot save a copy of this form on your computer.If you would like a copy for your records, please fill it in and print it..

    When I open the form in Adobe Reader I do not get that message. Can someone tell me what the settings should be in LiveCycle to eliminate the pop-up?

    Thanks,
    Yvette

  4. Ken –

    Open the form you created in LC in Acrobat X. Goto File > Save As > Reader Extended PDF > select Enable Additional Features. At this point, you’ll be prompted to save a copy with Reader rights enabled, meaning that your users (using Reader) will be able to fill out and save the form as a .pdf to their system.

    hph

  5. Hi Ken, I haven’t used Pro X – check in the Help section search for terms like “Enable Usage Rights” or “Extend Features”. Let me know how you go. Rose

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