I am trying to limit users of a PDF mental health survey form to navigate through the pages with only the "next" and "back" buttons I provide for them on each page. This is because I don't want them to see future pages without first responding to the yes / no question on each page (the flow from one question to the next is very important).
I have the survey set to open in presentation mode (an Indesign option) so they do not see the scrollbar in Acrobat Reader to discourage switching pages without answering the question, but I wish I could completely limit it.
Is there a way to stop them from switching pages using the scroll wheel on their mouse or their keyboard without answering the page question and then pushing the "next" / "back" button?
It's possible to achieve something like it with a script, but it's a pretty ugly solution. I would not recommend you pursue it.
Maybe it's very very ugly… I'm interested in such a script 🙂
I'm also strugling with something like this. I have a form that should first be prepared by a user before he can continue to go to the next page of the PDF.
Any idea how to get that restriction?
(plain Acrobat DC)
Yes, that is the way to do it, but it's quite easy to get around it. For example, by typing a different page number in the toolbar, or by being a bit insistent with the mouse scroller or even by pressing the End key. It's very unreliable and really should not be used at all. A better option is to convert the pages to Templates and hide them, until they are needed.
I'm already looking in the template way of working…
But how do you then organize the FORM preparing? In which state do you create the templates from the pages.
What when the client requests other corrections?
Should you prepare a standard deploy function for this? Can you describe flows for this?
You can do it at any moment. When done working on the form simply hide the Templates and save it.
I know how to make such PDF documents, in which the user cannot change the page other than with the buttons placed on the pages. But it only works with Acrobat Reader version DC or version XI.
My process is not a hack (Hi Gilad 😉 ), it is reliable and completely orthodox.
I could show you an example, contact me privately.
Does it work in Acrobat Reader DC on Android or iOS?
No, MacOS and Windows only.