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PDF file as a template for authors?

Community Beginner ,
Apr 08, 2020 Apr 08, 2020

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Hi Folks! I am looking for a way to create a writable PDF over multiple pages.

 

There is probably a way to use a PDF as a template for authors and in the end you just have to join all the PDFs together and create a printable PDF file. There should be several elements in the template: Headline, subheadline, placeholder for images, labels for images, etc. My biggest wish would be to be able to create the continuous text even in two columns.

 

I know that some publishers use this type of template, but I don't know what it is called or how to create it. I've already created a form in InDesign and exported it as a PDF, but unfortunately I can't get the text boxes to link together and the text just flows over several pages. Then I created a form directly in Adobe Acrobat DC, but even that didn't bring the desired result.

 

Thanks for your help! _Chris

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 08, 2020 Apr 08, 2020
This is not possible in Adobe Acrobat. Use a document editor InDesign or Word.

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This is not possible in Adobe Acrobat. Use a document editor InDesign or Word.

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Thanks for your answer. Then it must have been a Word template. I could not find the slightest hint that it is possible with Acrobat.

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Acrobat is not a document editor.

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Sep 07, 2021 Sep 07, 2021

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Meine Freunde.. That simple statement has helped me clarify so much that I have been trying to do with PDF's.. Thank you so so much, or in my limited german, Danke Danke Danke... 

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Sep 07, 2021 Sep 07, 2021

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The fillable document described by the original poster would be best done in MS Word. A Word template could have Word form fields (called content controls) that authors could complete.

When done, the Word document can be exported to PDF.

 

InDesign would create a static form, not something flexible like what the original poster described.

And Acrobat just doesn't edit anything. It's the final end result, not an authoring/editing tool.

 

Bevi Chagnon | Designer & Technologist for Accessible InDesign + PDFs |
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