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Does one client using a published PDF affect other clients using the same published PDF?
Posted by Chris Truxaw, Last modified by Chris Truxaw on 13 September 2010 01:02 PM
No, one client using a published PDF does not affect other clients using the same published PDF.

Also, changes made by a client do not affect the "master" published PDF.

Think of a published PDF document as a "master" template. When a user accesses the published PDF, a copy of the published PDF is made in the user's account. That copy of the published PDF is then modified, saved, downloaded, printed, etc. Because it is a copy, changes one user makes to your published PDF are not seen by other users nor do they affect the "master" published document. When a user submits that PDF form, the copy is emailed to the PDF form's publisher and the copy is removed from the user's account (but the "master" template is not removed).

This means that all PDF form fields, content, etc. which you want accessible to all users must be added to the PDF document prior to being published to PDFescape.

Comments (3)
Barbara Tull
21 October 2013 06:28 PM
I don't get it. How does the document become "published" so it can't be changed? And then how do you "save as" the document after filling in the boxes?
Red Software
23 October 2013 10:39 AM
Hi Barbara,
To publish a document, you need to purchase publishing credits for your account so that you can publish a PDF to our site, see:
I presume that your second question is about enabling "save as" in Adobe Reader. Unfortunately, this is something only Adobe products can do as they have a proprietary mechanism for doing so. This is why we offer our online publishing service as an alternative, which allows your users to complete your PDF form online, without them even needing to install any software!
Please let us know if you have additional questions by opening a support ticket at
Jenny Pim
02 November 2014 04:00 AM
I would like to use fill in PDFs as part of an online course. I would like people to be able to use them purely as a diary for their own use. They will be writing personal private comments on them, do they have to be published to anywhere, can they not just stay as part of the course?