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Import PDF into InDesign to make fillable

Engaged ,
Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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I have a pdf file which was originally created in MS Word.

 

This needs to be made fillable.

 

I was planning to either make it fillable

1. using Acrobat prepare form or
2. import the PDF into InDesign and add the fields in InDesign.

 

Would there be any difference in the way the final PDFs work?

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Community Expert , Nov 05, 2023 Nov 05, 2023

A pdf imported into InDesign and exported as a new pdf will be as good as the original pdf, assuming you do not downsample the exported pdf, also, any comments, stamps and hyperlinks on the original pdf probably won't be preserved when placed into InDesign. Acrobat has easy to use tools for creating simple forms and is your best option, however, you can use InDesign to create your form fields, if you prefer. (Use the place multipage pdf script supplied with InDesign).

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Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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  1. No major difference for simple forms
  2. For fields with more options, Acrobat is better.
  3. I would import the Word doc in InDesign (not pdf) before adding fields, export to pdf interactive. Then open the pdf in Acrobat to add extra/advance options to the fields.

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Engaged ,
Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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Importing the Word doc is not an option for me as the client just wants to make the pdf fillable and not recreate it in InDesign.

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Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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Since the form is aleady a PDF, the simplest method is to add the fields in Acrobat. 

 

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

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Nov 05, 2023 Nov 05, 2023

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1. Yes.

2. No, no, no and no.

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Engaged ,
Nov 05, 2023 Nov 05, 2023

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Why no?

 

Just to clarify it's a 70 page booklet with fields scattered throughout.
I was hoping to do it in InDesign as it's easier, but was wandering if how it would affect it.

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A pdf imported into InDesign and exported as a new pdf will be as good as the original pdf, assuming you do not downsample the exported pdf, also, any comments, stamps and hyperlinks on the original pdf probably won't be preserved when placed into InDesign. Acrobat has easy to use tools for creating simple forms and is your best option, however, you can use InDesign to create your form fields, if you prefer. (Use the place multipage pdf script supplied with InDesign).

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Nov 06, 2023 Nov 06, 2023

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"Why no?"

Because Acrobat Pro is designed for designing PDF forms, unlike InDesign.

It's always easier to create and manage form fields with Acrobat Pro.

In addition, there are traps in InDesign that don't exist in Acrobat Pro, such as not incorporating the fonts used by the fields, see this topic:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat-discussions/problem-with-embedding-a-font-in-a-interactice-an...

 

 

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