I buy a lot of stuff online, and much of it comes from the USA. To save
money I broker those imports across the border myself, and the PITA I've
had to deal with until now is that while the CBSA (Canada Border
Security Agency) has the forms I need available as downloadable fillable
PDF forms on their web site, I can't save those forms after filling them
out. Not unless I pay $300 for Adobe Acrobat. If I find out I've made
a mistake on a form after closing Adobe Reader, I have to fill out the
whole form over again. If I find out that I need to import more of
something, I have to fill out the same form with the same information
Adobe Reader XI is a freeware program released by Adobe just last
February that allows fillable PDF's to be saved. Don't bend over to
kiss Adobe's feet because the only reason why they did that was because
other freeware programs like Nitro Reader 3 and PDF-XChanger already had
that feature and were increasing in popularity. Adobe is more wanting
to crush these upstart software companies than give that feature away
(By the way, Nitro Reader 3 allows you to extract text and graphics in
PDF forms and save them in various word processor and graphic image
formats, including Word and JPG or BMP files.) I don't know if Adobe
Reader XI does that or not.)
You can download Adobe Reader XI from any download site like Tucows or
CNET, but those sites simply transfer you to Adobe's web site, where
downloading results in Reader XI being installed on the computer you're
sitting in front of. And, if you're on dial-up like me, that can take
A better way to do it is to go to Freewarefiles.com where you can
download the installation program itself onto a CD or flash memory card.
That way, you can go to any internet cafe or restaurant with WIFI where
you have access to high speed internet, and download the installation
file in a few minutes onto a flash memory drive, and then install Reader
XI onto your computer from the flash memory drive. Proceed as follows:
1. Go to: 'Freeware Files - Free Software Downloads'
2. on the left side, click on the "Business/Organize" link
3. click on the "PDF Readers / PDF Tools" link
4. click on the "Adobe Reader 11.0.02" link (or find the Nitro Reader 3
program and click on it. It's a handy little program, too.)
5. click on the "Download Now" link.
(You might have to register as a user on the Freeware Files web site.
It's free, tho. You just have to wait for e-mail confirmation.)
That will download the installation program to the path of your choice
so that you can save a copy of the installation file for quick
installations on other computers.
You can run the Reader XI installation program without removing any old
versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader. The intallation program anticipates
the presence of an older version and will just change/update what you've
I just got home and edited some fillable PDF's to check that Reader XI
saves fillable PDF's and it does.