I would like to create a "main form" and on the main form have buttons that link to additional forms. So far my efforts haven't worked.
What have you tried? What were the results?
I created a sample "main" form - and three supplementary forms - in Illustrator, saved as a PDF. In Adobe Acrobat DC I opened the main form, turned it into a fillable form, and added the three required links. Then I sent it to myself and a friend to test and it didn't work.
Can you share the file with us?
How did you create the links?
Where did you open the file when you tested it?
What does "it didn't work" mean, exactly?
I don't know what you did, exactly, but there are no links in this file. You need to use the Add Link tool.
When share the form you must also share the linked forms.
First, you should use a button field, not a text field.
Second, the links you created are absolute, not relative. Where the files located in different drives when you created the links?
Okay, awesome - I will definitely change those to button fields when I prepare the actual form. The "supplementary" files were located either on my desktop or in my downloads folder.
I'm thinking that when my client houses them on their website, she can provide me with a link and then I can add those links to the main form. It's a ton of work - especially if this theory doesn't pan out - but at least my client will have professional, fillable forms, something she didn't have before.
So by "relative" links - this means they don't have to "live" anywhere? As in on a website?
It just means that the path is to a local file, but it's not a complete file path (like C:\Temp\FormA.pdf"), but one that's relative to the current location of the main file (like "../FormA.pdf"). That means that as long as the two files are in the same relative location to each other, the link will work, no matter where they are placed.
The links are working when all files are in the same folder.