How do I convert a fillable pdf into a normal pdf document using Adobe Pro DC?

New Here ,
Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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Hi experts,

 

Does anyone know how to convert a fillable pdf into a normal pdf document using Adobe Pro DC?

 

It is easy to do using a lower level Adobe software by saving it as PDF or print it. However, there is no such a function in Adobe Pro DC which is frustrating unless I missed the trick?

 

Thanks!!

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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You can flatten it using the Preflight tool or a script.

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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Thank you! How do I use Preflight tool?

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Apr 08, 2022 Apr 08, 2022

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Go to Tools - Print Production - Preflight. Then select the "Flatten annotations and form fields" item and click on Analyze and Fix.

 

Alternatively, create a Custom Command that executes this code:

this.flattenPages();

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Apr 09, 2022 Apr 09, 2022

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Thanks. It gave me error message 135 and says this Analyze and Fix can not be done... However, I was able to simply flatten it by saving as pdf using a free pdf version. But I can't just keep switching between PCs. Very frustrating... Any other suggestions?

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LEGEND ,
Apr 09, 2022 Apr 09, 2022

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Please show a screen shot of the error message, and let us know the Acrobat version. This action generally works. Also, try the JavaScript suggested.

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Apr 09, 2022 Apr 09, 2022

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Is the file perhaps secured, or digitally signed?

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Apr 09, 2022 Apr 09, 2022

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Yes it is digitally signed

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Apr 09, 2022 Apr 09, 2022

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Acrobat will not allow you to flatten such files, as that will invalidate the signature.

If the fields are editable in this file it means the signature was not set to lock them, which it can do.

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Apr 09, 2022 Apr 09, 2022

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Thanks. All I need is just a plain pdf file which the free version seems to be able to produce but not the Pro DC which I found quite absurd. Was it somehow missed in the development of the software?

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Apr 09, 2022 Apr 09, 2022

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Acrobat follows the rules of the PDF ISO. Other software might not. That's up to them.

If you want a file with a valid signature you can't flatten it.

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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This is a duplicate post. See my response to your other post. 

David Creamer
Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Certified Professional, and Adobe Certified Expert

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