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Is it possible to build a fillable form with image fields that can be filled in on a mobile device?

New Here ,
Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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I would like to create photo reports from the job site by simply editing an Adobe Reader form on my phone and capturing the images using my phone's camera. Is this possible with Acrobat DC? I haven't been able to make it function. Please help 🙂

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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Hi @maxh7617989 

 

I hope you are doing well, and thanks for reaching out.

 

It is possible to build a fillable form with image fields that can be filled in on a mobile device using Adobe Acrobat DC.

This article can guide you through the steps: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/creating-distributing-pdf-forms.html.

 

Here are the steps to create a fillable form with image fields that can be filled in on a mobile device:

 

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat DC and create a new PDF Form.
  2. Add form fields to the PDF document, including the image fields where users can insert images.
  3. To add an image field, select the "Add Image Field" option from the "Add Fields" menu in the right pane, and then drag the field to the desired location in the document.
  4. Set the properties of the image field, including the size, shape, and any default text or formatting.
  5. Save the PDF document and make sure it's accessible on your mobile device by Saving it as a Reader Extended PDF using the Save As other option.
  6. Open the PDF document using your mobile device's Adobe Acrobat Reader app.
  7. Fill out the form fields as needed, including inserting images into the image fields by tapping the "Insert Image" button or using your device's camera to capture a new image.

 

Once you have finished filling out the form and adding images, you can save the document and submit it as needed.

Following these steps, you can create a fillable form with image fields that can be filled in on a mobile device using Adobe Acrobat DC.

 

Let us know if that helps.

 

Thanks,

Anand Sri.

 

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New Here ,
Apr 06, 2023 Apr 06, 2023

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Hi AnandSri,

 

Thank you for your response to my inquiry. I have completed the exact steps you have listed many times and the application(s) have not yielded the desired result. I read through the article you forwarded as well as similar articles within the Adobe help library and they have not helped me yet either. Further research into online forums talk about how this is a shortcoming within the application suite and needing to trick the program by using a button field and mapping your images to them. Here's what I've done...

 

  • I'm able to add the image form field with no problems.
  • I've saved the file in the correct format so as to be fillable within Adobe Reader.
  • When I open the form on a mobile device I can see the image field but tapping it does not open any options for inserting/capturing an image.
  • When I add other fillable elements they are fillable and function as expected.

 

Is there some specific setting or property that needs to be applied to the image form field?  Maybe applying an 'Action' to the control?

 

Tnx 

 

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 06, 2023 Apr 06, 2023

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@maxh7617989 

 

Thanks for sharing the detailed information. Unfortunately, it is a feature limitation on the Acrobat Reader mobile app.

I will share this with the development team for inclusion in future releases. You can also file a feature request using this Wish form: https://www.adobe.com/products/wishform.html

 

Thanks for your time and cooperation. 

~Anand Sri.

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New Here ,
Apr 06, 2023 Apr 06, 2023

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Thank you for the company insights. I am able to build forms and fill them out using Acrobat on the PC. There is simply the added step for me of importing the photos and then filling out the form and linking each image file. I look forward to the update and will make a feature request submission also. 

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New Here ,
Jun 14, 2023 Jun 14, 2023

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Hi - I have the same query, and would like to have the ability to upload a photo into a PDF fillable form. I see your explanation that it doesn't work on mobile - but it doesn't work on my desktop either.

It lets me tap on the Image button, and select an image, however it does not show up on the form. In mobile version can tap on the insert image button, however it does nothing. 

Is there anything else I need to be doing to get it to work from a desktop?

Thanks

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New Here ,
Jun 14, 2023 Jun 14, 2023

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I have just worked out that the insert image button needs to be full size, as you can't edit the size of the image you are uploading. If the button is full page width, the photo will show up.

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May 11, 2024 May 11, 2024

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How to make the insert button full size? I've been struggling with the same issue.

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