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Acrobat has the ability to encode the data in a filled out form in a barcode format. You'll need specialized hardware and software to read that barcode, but let's take a look at what the options are. The Barcode tool is the last form tool, when you click and drag as you would with the other form field tools, you get an informational alert. And it's telling you that if you want to read the data in the barcode, you are going to have to have Adobe's Barcoded Paper Forms Solution. Notice that it says separate license required, that's because it's not part of Acrobat, it's part of the lifecycle family of enterprise solutions.
But let's do see what the options are. When I Close Form Editing and I go back into the form, look at the appearance of the barcode. Watch what happens when the data changes. Let's say that Sarah Jane gets married. When I tab out of that field, you can see the appearance of the barcode changed. All these little squares are actually encoding that data. Let's say that, the name of the Department changes. Again, when I tab, which commits to that data, you can see the appearance of the barcode changed. But again, unless you have that specialized solution, there's no way for you to read this.
Since it's an enterprise solution, it's not something that you buy as, let's say a shrink-wrapped product. It's not something you can download from the Adobe website, you actually have to talk to someone in sales at Adobe and they can give you the further information. If this is this something you think is a good solution for your needs, but let's look at one more option that might be sort of handy. You can change the Symbology of that barcode. What that means is the way the data is represented. I bet you have seen QR codes, when I choose QR code, this particular field says it's too small, but we can fix that.
As I pull on the edge of it to change the dimensions, now you can see the barcode inside. You may even have a QR code Reader on your smartphone and you can read this. The readout isn't very elegant, but it does give you all the data that's on all the fields. So, when I switch back to my Hand Tool, let's say that oh darn things didn't work out with Mr. Mountbatten. Watch the appearance of the QR code field. When I tab out of that field, you can see its appearance changed, because it's encoding a different set of data. In the large enterprise, you'll probably need something more elaborate than this QR code solution, but this gives you an idea of what's possible.
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