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+ - good offline electronic forms solution?

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alanshot writes "We have been using Adobe Acrobat Approval 5 since it came out, and love it. (For those that arent aware, approval is half reader, half full version. it allows you to fill out and save adobe forms (reader only allows you to print said forms (and not save), but not create new documents. It was a great product.)

Has anyone else found a good alternative to Approval for forms? We cant go web forms, because we dont have a web developer, dont want to hire one as a consultant every time we need a form changed, and cant force our users onto the network just to fill out a form if they are offsite.

In Adobe's infinite wisdom, they abandoned the Approval line a while back, so the only way to get the same features is to upgrade to the full version. For my company thats about $80,000. Management finds that hard to swallow.

It hasnt been all that bad until recently, when alot of our vendors upgraded and started producing documents that dont display properly in older versions (pre 7.0). This is leading to headaches with two versions of Adobe Acrobat and more end user training for the workaround.

  Thanks for that "standard" format Adobe."

According to all the latest reports, there was no truth in any of the earlier reports.