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Form Field Recognition tool -- autodetect fields in pdf designed in google slides

New Here ,
Apr 08, 2024 Apr 08, 2024

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Hello!

I'm trying to get Acrobat to recognize the fields I want users to be able to fill in a pdf that I have created in google slides. What is Acrobat looking for in auto-detection? In this page below I have small boxes on the left and larger text boxes on the right. I have been adding text fields/radio buttons manually but it would be MUCH faster if auto-detection worked! TIA.

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 15, 2024 Apr 15, 2024

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Hi there

 

Hope you are doing well and thanks for reaching out.

 

When you convert an existing document into a PDF form, Acrobat automatically adds interactive form fields to the form. You can then edit the form to add specialized form fields, such as a drop-down list, list box, or buttons

For more information please go through the help page: https://adobe.ly/3UhFtcx

 

Let us know how it goes.

 

~Amal

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Apr 16, 2024 Apr 16, 2024

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I am looking for help in how to trigger auto-detection from the source file that I convert to a pdf. Manually adding the form fields is too time consuming for the project I am working on.

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Apr 15, 2024 Apr 15, 2024

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> What is Acrobat looking for in auto-detection?

We don't really know. We can only see what works and what doesn't, using trial-and-error.

It is possible to add fields more reliably using a script, though, instead of relying on the Fields Detection Wizard. The problem with scripts, though, is that they can't use graphical elements on the page, only text.

Here are two (paid-for) examples of such tools I've developed for creating text fields (based on underscores) and radio-buttons/check-boxes (based on specific Wingdings characters), that work with 100% accuracy:

https://www.try67.com/tool/acrobat-reader-convert-underscores-to-text-fields

https://www.try67.com/tool/acrobat-reader-convert-wingdings-characters-to-check-boxes-or-radio-butto...

 

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