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PDF / XFA seventh circle of hell : (

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Aug 27, 2022 Aug 27, 2022

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Hey Everyone.

New to Adobe and having a dispiriting experience trying to work with a PDF I’ve been given that (I believe) has XFA features (whatever that is).

 

I can fill the form in – but when I try to add comments I get a pop up which says:

 

“This form is interactive and has special features. To save a copy of it that you can treat as any other PDF file, choose File > Print and then choose the Adobe PDF printer.”

 

I found this article which (allegedly) outlines how to edit XFA forms.

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/acrobat/kb/edit-xfa-form.html

 

Workaround 1 has me saving the file as an “Encapsulated PostScript file”

 

But I get twenty odd files – one for each page.

 

Workaround 2 printing the form to Adobe PDF printer

 

I’m running MacOS Monterey and there is no Adobe PDF Printer.

 

After doing some research I think the steps in the pop up outlined above actually refers to actions Windows users must take and there is no Adobe PDF Printer these days on Macs (but shout me down it I’m wrong.

 

Instead Mac users must Save as PDF to get rid of XFA features.

 

However….

 

After saving as a PDF, reopening the file – I’m still unable to add stickies.

 

I’m two hours into working with Adobe DC and already want to shoot myself in the face.

 

And to make matters worse the PDF I’ve trying to edit is for my divorce.

 

Please rescue me from the seventh circle of PDF hell!

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LEGEND ,
Aug 27, 2022 Aug 27, 2022

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There is no tool to convert to a regular PDF. And the tricks don't work on Mac, where there is no PDF printer. Just don't add sticky notes. The creator of the form knows you can't do that. If it's for your own use, perhaps have a master PDF with notes, and add the form as an attachment.

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By the way, if you have to return the form, all the tricks break that - what you return isn't a form any more.

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