The document has been changed since it was created and use of extended features is no longer available

Community Beginner ,
May 17, 2016 May 17, 2016

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I have Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 2015.016.20039 on my system. I have filled up a form using Foxit Reader. When I tried to open the form with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC I got error "The document enabled extended features in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. The document has been changed since it was created and use of extended features is no longer available. Please contact the author for the original version of this document".

I tried some other PDF programs, no issue when opening this form.

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Advocate , May 17, 2016 May 17, 2016

The "Reader-enabling" feature comes from the original form, and it is essentially a digital signature. It is specific for the free PDF viewer product by Adobe (aka Adobe (Acrobat) Reader).

The problem is that only Adobe products are able to (re)save such documents without breaking the seal of the digital signature.

So, what happened in your case is that the Foxit viewer broke the seal when saving back, and that's it. Using Acrobat, you could save a copy of the form, and then continue filling it ou

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Adobe Employee ,
May 17, 2016 May 17, 2016

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Hi S-Malik ,

Please refer and follow the steps mentioned in  this article : Acrobat Pro 8 and Reader X - Enable Extended Features for Form .

You can refer this article also :  : Getting error messages when trying to reader enable documents. (Acrobat Reader PDF Forms)

Let us know if this helps.

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Sarojini

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Mar 21, 2022 Mar 21, 2022

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When the link for Getting error messages when trying to reader enable documents. (Acrobat Reader PDF Forms) is selected, the following is returned:

 

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Advocate ,
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The "Reader-enabling" feature comes from the original form, and it is essentially a digital signature. It is specific for the free PDF viewer product by Adobe (aka Adobe (Acrobat) Reader).

The problem is that only Adobe products are able to (re)save such documents without breaking the seal of the digital signature.

So, what happened in your case is that the Foxit viewer broke the seal when saving back, and that's it. Using Acrobat, you could save a copy of the form, and then continue filling it out. Otherwise, you will be better off to start again, but stay with Adobe PDF viewers all the time working with the form, or with another viewer, again all the time you are working with the form.

BTW, Reader XI and newer no longer need the Extended Rights for most featured blocked by earlier Reader versions. This does not help in this case; it would only be helpful for the issuer of the form.

Update (after rereading the original message): If it is just for viewing or printing out the form you may ignore that message. You may also try to just save it, as you have a Reader version which no longer needs the Extended Rights (at your risk).

Hope this can help.

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Community Beginner ,
May 17, 2016 May 17, 2016

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By the way, I installed Adobe Acrobat DC 2015.016.20039 and opened that file with it. No issue, then I tried opening the file with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, same issue again.

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Advocate ,
May 17, 2016 May 17, 2016

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This is just the predictable and correct behavior.

It is only Reader which depends on the Extended Rights. Acrobat can actively ignore them.

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May 29, 2016 May 29, 2016

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Hi, I am recieving the same error '', when I am trying to open a PDF form which uses '2D barcode extended' feature to enable dynamic generation of barcode. The PDF form uses barcode, which dynamically changes based on the data entered on the form, '2D barcode extended feature' is required to enable generation of barcode in PDF reader. This is the observation on certain PCs only, for other PCs this seem to just working fine. 

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Participant ,
Jan 04, 2017 Jan 04, 2017

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I am also having this issue. 

Removing data bindings from all fields seemed to work initially. However, after some other changes to the form were made, and I resaved as a Reader Extended file with a new name, the error has reappeared. I've checked the form, and there are no data bindings on any field.

The date/time thing is not an issue -- all PCs are on the same network.

I cannot demand that everyone upgrade to the latest version of Adobe Reader. No one has any other PDF viewing program, so it would only be Adobe products opening the file.

Even after extensive Googling, I have no idea how to save a copy that disables the usage rights for Reader as Indiana Homeland suggested in another thread.

It's an extremely complex form, so I do not want to create a new form as Lund UK suggested in another thread.

Any thoughts? This is an extremely frustrating situation.

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New Here ,
Jul 21, 2020 Jul 21, 2020

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This is happening to me as well and we are using Acrobat Reader (latest version). I've always saved as extended when sending to client and no problem. Now they are getting that message. I've tested it using 2020 Reader version and got same message. What if I don't make it reader-enabled any longer? 

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Community Expert ,
Jul 21, 2020 Jul 21, 2020

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For Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat Reader 2020 you don't need this feature.

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Jan 14, 2022 Jan 14, 2022

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It was simpler than I thought, and believe me, I was going all kinds of places to try to remedy the same problem:

 

Right click and select "open file with" and then select Adobe.  This should open up the enabled version.

 

If saving a form from an email, website, etc, ensure you right click the file and "save file as" and DO NOT CLICK the downloaded PDF from the bottom of your screen.  Instead, go to the file in whichever location you saved, right click and select "open file with" and then select Adobe. This should open up enabled version.

 

 

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