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The FormsCentral desktop app, which is included with Acrobat XI Pro, allows you to create PDF forms, either from scratch, from existing PDF forms or from provided templates. To move your forms online to collect and analyse the submitted data, you'll need a FormsCentral subscription: these range from Free (1 form, up to 50 responses per form) to Basic (£11.71/month, 5 forms, up to 500 responses per form) to Plus (£146.37/year, unlimited forms, up to 5,000 responses per form).
Basic and Pro subscriptions also allow you to include skip logic, accept PayPal payments from your forms, add file attachments to fields, issue submission receipts for correctly entered forms, redirect respondents on form completion and receive email notification when forms are submitted.
Anyone who has had to print a document, sign it by hand and fax it off knows how anachronistic — and time-consuming — this seems nowadays. Acrobat XI's integration with EchoSign should boost productivity while providing an audit trail when electronic documents need signing.
The Sign panel lets you sign documents by typing, drawing on-screen, selecting a previously saved image or using a digital certificate. The document is then sent on for further signatures, with the whole process audited by EchoSign in the cloud. EchoSign subscriptions range from free to Global at $399 a month, with several points (Pro, Team and Enterprise) in between.
Acrobat XI makes it much simpler to password-protect a PDF, to prevent unauthorised copying, printing and editing. Now, you just select Restrict Editing from the Protection panel, which brings up a Password dialogue complete with a visual strength indicator.
Elsewhere, you'll find it easier to redact (permanently black out) selected content, and use the Sanitise Document command to strip out hidden data and metadata that might compromise a distributed PDF.