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Can an Acrobat Do This?
As a form designer/filler, InfoPath has some competition from Adobe Acrobat. Like InfoPath, Acrobat also supports smart forms that can be completed by users, and the latest version of Acrobat adds the ability to create custom XML as well. Meanwhile, Adobe is releasing a form designer that will compete with InfoPath. InfoPath’s forms are generally not exact pixel-by-pixel duplicates of printed forms, as you get with Adobe Acrobat 6. And Adobe Acrobat Reader, being free and cross-platform, has far more reach than Microsoft could possibly get in the foreseeable future. We’d like to see Microsoft release a free or inexpensive version of InfoPath that could be used to fill in forms but without the design tools. Until InfoPath gets wider acceptance, we can’t see it being used across companies or for consumer documents such as tax forms and loan applications.

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Adobe AcrobatFor complicated business documents, however, InfoPath has the advantage of being a hybrid of print and digital technologies. You can easily add new line items for any number of parts on a purchase order, for example. An extensive 20-page business document that is mostly empty space can be condensed in InfoPath to only the pages that are filled in. For items like legal forms, which require perfect fidelity so a given document always appears exactly the same, the pixel-perfect approach of Adobe Acrobat has the advantage for mimicking printed documents.

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