View Full Version : making fields on a pdf editable

29-01-2008, 11:26 AM

I have had a query from someone who regularly has to fill in a form, now the form is available in PDF format, but to fill it in he has to print it out, then fill it in then fax it to the relevant people

Now what he would like to be able to do is fill in the form on his computer and then print it out, or email it, now i am pretty sure you can do this provided you are able to edit the PDF, but is there a tool that will allow you to do this that is free as my trial of Adobe acrobat has expired


29-01-2008, 12:19 PM
Not that I know of, can't they just send him the form in .doc format?

Speedy Gonzales
29-01-2008, 12:45 PM
Unless they've got the form in doc format, and Office 07 / the PDF/XPS addon.

Then they can fill it in, and save it as PDF.

29-01-2008, 01:07 PM
Some PDF forms may not be edited as they could be protected.
I make PDF forms for an organisation and we simply do not want parts of a form to be edited at all. Especially terms and or prices.

29-01-2008, 02:28 PM
Ok i may have used the wrong terminology

What i want is an "Interactive PDF" which i believe is the correct terminology these days

29-01-2008, 02:37 PM
I believe pasting a .pdf form into Word works.

29-01-2008, 06:13 PM
tha'ts not possible if it's 'locked'........

one way to do it is to print it then scan it to OCR then place it into word or similar......

29-01-2008, 06:26 PM
Yes i am starting to think Word might be the way to go, the only problem being last time i attempted i form in Word i gave and learnt PHP

Speedy Gonzales
29-01-2008, 07:08 PM
Or if someone has a scanner and a program to scan.

Scan the form save as a doc. Then load it in word 07 if someone's got it.

Then use the PDF addin and save it as a PDF file

Or one of these free PDF printer drivers may work