Flattening in Acrobat DC

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I'm using Full Version of Acrobat Pro DC. I have a form and filled the entries. I added comments and cross out some text. I am trying to flatten the form and comments. I tried the Preflight falttening and did not work (still selectable of comments after renaming). I tried Optimize and it says "This PDF document contains an Adobe XML form. Such files cannot be optimized". Can someone please suggest flattening method.  Thank you in advance.

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Jan 10, 2020 Jan 10, 2020

No, this is irrelevant since this isn't an ordinary PDF file. It is a XFA forms file which is not conventional PDF forms objects.

 

            - Dov

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Jan 10, 2020 Jan 10, 2020

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See if this helps

https://answers.acrobatusers.com/flatten-editable-pdf-file-in-adobe-acrobat-dc-q285232.aspx

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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No, this is irrelevant since this isn't an ordinary PDF file. It is a XFA forms file which is not conventional PDF forms objects.

 

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- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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Aug 03, 2022 Aug 03, 2022

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So, how would you do this for a PDF file then?  I can't find an option for it in Acrobat's settings, distiller, pre-flight (presuming that its purpose is to print a PDF to a PDF from Acrobat), or optimizer.  Bluebeam makes flattening comments so easy that it's annoying to use Acrobat, but I still do - mostly to digitally sign documents using a digital ID certificate (per AATL).  I don't want a bunch of stray, editable annotations, comments, objects, and form fields in the document.  I want a flattened, clean document.  An answer to that would be helpful and relevant.

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Jan 10, 2020 Jan 10, 2020

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In the past, I've printed PDF files to Adobe PDF.  Lots of folks cringe at this notion, and I rarely do it.  The result is a pretty useless PDF to some, but the printing process does indeed flatten the file.  Depending on your needs, this info may be helpful.

 

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Dave

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Jan 11, 2020 Jan 11, 2020

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Printing to PDF is "refrying", not flattening.

You should read this document: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A68be905e-5698-4cd4-9a87-61e7...

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Mar 20, 2020 Mar 20, 2020

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I have a similar need.  Is it just not possible to flatten a completed Adobe XML form?  Using a method other than the Print to PDF?

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Nov 09, 2020 Nov 09, 2020

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I have the same problem, and to make it more painful, Adobe show an error that it won't allow Print to PDF.

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Nov 09, 2020 Nov 09, 2020

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There is a way to flatten and XFA PDF without printing, if it is a static XFA.  Do you know whether or not it is a dynamic or static form?

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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No idea.

Many thanks, Mary

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