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May 03, 2016

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I am trying to create a fillable form.  The program created many text boxes where I want check boxes.  Is there an easy way to convert many fields to a different type?  I found this 2010 answer.  Is there a source for the script or another answer that is free of charge?

How do I change a field type when creating a fillable form from an existing pdf? (PDF Forms)

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changing field types in a fillable form

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I am trying to create a fillable form.  The program created many text boxes where I want check boxes.  Is there an easy way to convert many fields to a different type?  I found this 2010 answer.  Is there a source for the script or another answer that is free of charge?

How do I change a field type when creating a fillable form from an existing pdf? (PDF Forms)

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Elsewhere you would find what to do when changing field types (read out the original field's properties, delete the field, create a new field with the according properties). It is pretty simple and straightforward.

OTOH, you ran into the issues of "automatic field recognition", a pretty good algorithm, but it very often creates not what you want, and fixing it will take longer than adding the fields manually to begin with.

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May 04, 2016

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Thanks,

In the 2010 conversation, there was a tool developed that would change all the fields in one step.  I was hoping for an easy answer rather than having to delete all the created text fields and insert check boxes manually.

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That tool is still available on my website, under the same address: Custom-made Adobe Scripts: Acrobat -- Convert Form Fields Type

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Well, I don't think I do reveal a secret, but that's essentially what that tool does. You asked for something free of charge; you got something free of charge. It is now your decision whether your time (to create such a tool yourself) is worth more or less than what try67's tool costs.

It's as simple as that…

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Maxwyss,

Lucy Blair was searching for a sensible and free of charge way of changing field type, what she found is a for-sale tool that changes the field type on ALL fields in an entire form (or page).

NOT was she was looking for:

1) it doesn't do what she asks

2) is not free of charge

And we are all still stuck with the same problem...

Cheers

Antonio

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You can create your own tool.

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You can get information about Acrobat JavaScript's objects, properties, and methods in the free Adobe Acrobat JavaScript Application Program Interface Reference. There are a number of links to training on the Acrobat Forum main page, one up from this form. That should provide you with the material needed to create your own tool.

Many of us forgo the "wizard" because there is just to many corrections that need to be made to get to the working form that includes calculations.

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Best money ever spent.  Saved HOURS of time.  

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