Expand Text Fields or Tables when needed

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Aug 14, 2019 Aug 14, 2019

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Hello all,

I want to create a file with  text fields that expand, when the field is full. Sadly the posibility to minimize the characters is not an option.

Furthermore I am looking for an option to expand a table when a 2nd, 3rd .... line is needed. So far it feels like I searched half of the internet but I just cannot find a solution.
I would be really greatful if someone has an idea or a link that would bring me close to a solution.

Thanks!

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Aug 14, 2019 Aug 14, 2019

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In practical terms, for most purposes, what you want is just impossible.

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Okay,

do you know a software that could help?

Is it impossible, because it would change the document itself in its structure or why exactly?

Thanks a lot!

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Aug 14, 2019 Aug 14, 2019

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PDF files were not built for this kind of dynamic changes.

You can achieve it using an HTML form, most likely.

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Aug 14, 2019 Aug 14, 2019

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There is no software that could help with an impossible task ... !

Everything in a PDF is at a fixed location. So to make room for something to expand means moving everything else, with scripting, one element at a time. But that's the easy part compared to discovering that a field is "full". It just wasn't make for it. It's rather like a paper form. Yes, you can expand a field in a paper form with scissors and more paper and drawing lines ... but it isn't what you do!

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Aug 14, 2019 Aug 14, 2019

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Hi,

If you use the AEM software you can create an XFA PDF form ( totally different structure to a normal PDF ) and it allows a lot more dynamic features, similar to HTML forms, for more information about the various PDF file formats : Adobe Experience Manager Help | PDF Forms and Documents

Please not these forms are not created by Acrobat, they use a different tool, they can be viewed abd filled in on Acrobat or Reader.

Regards

Malcolm

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Also... AEM forms ONLY work in Acrobat/Reader on Windows or Mac. Not on browsers, not on any mobile device.

Adobe is trying to move away from this entirely, AEM includes a server tool to dynamically convert such forms to HTML5 forms, which are filled with a browser. Basically, though, obsolete tech. Full of once neat and useful features, but dead.

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