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Topic: Help
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 168801
From: hd28cat
Date: 2/6/2009 12:26 PM

Hi, I am a small business owner and have never used acrobat before. I
downloaded the trial version of acrobat pro 9 today and I am
overwhelmed. I just want to do a few simple things(at least I think they
should be simple) but can't seem to find any simple answers on the web.
After hours of research I have gotten nowhere. I found this forum and
hope you can help me.

Our company has many different paper forms that offsite employees
outside of our central office fill out by hand and then snail mail to our
central office. Once there a central office employee gets the form, reads
it and enters the information into a computer spreadsheet.

At a minimum I would like to take the current paper forms and make
them into fillable pdf forms that the offsite employees can fill out from
their computer and then print. Once printed they can fax the form in or
snail mail it. This part I have figured out.

I would like for the offsite employees to be able to submit the form
electronically and have a computer at the central office gather the info
from the forms as they come in and update the appropriate
spreadsheets we have set up.

For example, each offsite employee fills out a time sheet once a week.
On the timesheet they enter their employee number, their name,
number of hours worked, number of sick hours, vacation hours etc.. If i
make the timesheet into a fillable pdf form can they fill it out, submit it
and then have their data entered into the spreadsheet I am using?

How do I do this?

Is there a good book for beginners that have never used any previous
versions of acrobat? I could only find a few books about acrobat 9 and
they all seemed to assume that you have some knowledge of the
program. What is the best way to get up to speed?

OR am I missing the boat entirely and need to pursue a solution other
than pdf?

any help would be greatly appreciated.

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