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How to edit a read only pdf? I tried everything

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Jul 21, 2023 Jul 21, 2023

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I have a pdf I need to edit and adobe says that it's read only. I tried everything (everting on the adobe community) to fix it, but it's still not working. Please help, it's a very important document. I'm using an IPad Pro to do it, i dont have a computer.

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Jul 22, 2023 Jul 22, 2023

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You can't fill the form on the iPad. Use Acrobat Reader on Windows or Mac.

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Apr 12, 2024 Apr 12, 2024

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Rather than editing my bank statement, I need to copy numbers. I tried exporting but results need too much correction. If bank statement for account holder is read only, and banks don't provide spreadsheet, how can account holder extract numbers? How to prove to  Adobe account holder should be able  to copy numbers from his/her bank statement?

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Apr 12, 2024 Apr 12, 2024

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Hi @Sunny233119449b32,

 

Hope you are doing well. Thanks for writing in!

 

Bank Statements are usually generated using LiveCycle Design, which has a different architecture to that of a normal PDF. Such PDFs, when restricted for editing or data extraction, can be difficult for the mobile version to handle.

 

In situations like these, we recommend using the desktop version of the application for a better viewing experience.

 

Hope this clarifies your question.


-Souvik

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 29, 2023 Jul 29, 2023

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Hi @Augusta_Ash_R,

 

Hope you are doing well. Sorry for your experience with Acrobat Reader Mobile.

 

As Bernd mentioned, you can best fill this form using the desktop version of Acrobat Reader or Acrobat Pro DC.

 

The file you shared is created using InDesign with a few compatibility issues when trying to edit using Acrobat Reader for Mobile. 

Also, the file is restricted for most of the functions except printing, commenting, and filling forms, due to which Reader Mobile cannot bypass the security.

 

Considering you do not possess a computer, I suggest installing Adobe Fill & Sign application from the App Store. This will help you fill out the form.

 

You can install it from here: Adobe Fill & Sign-Form Filler

 

Hope this helps.

 

-Souvik

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