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PDF Portfolio and Flash Player

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Jan 16, 2020

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I use Adobe XI PDF Portfolio to send fillable forms to vendors each month. They complete the forms within the folder and return them to my attention, then I export the documents to Excel.
I read that Flash Player is going to be removed after the year ends and was concerned because Portfolio uses Flash Player to run.
Will Portfolio be updated to run without FP or is there another program that works the same way?
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PDF Portfolio and Flash Player

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I use Adobe XI PDF Portfolio to send fillable forms to vendors each month. They complete the forms within the folder and return them to my attention, then I export the documents to Excel.
I read that Flash Player is going to be removed after the year ends and was concerned because Portfolio uses Flash Player to run.
Will Portfolio be updated to run without FP or is there another program that works the same way?
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Jan 17, 2020

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Only the PDF Portfolio navigators require Flash. The packaging of multiple PDF files into a single PDF container will continue to function. Even Portfolios with navigators will continue to function. They just won't look all that pretty. You'll just see a list or a set of tiles rather than navigating the files through the Flash UI.

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@Joel_Geraci1 can you point us to some documentation on creating PDF containers? How about converting/migrating PDF portfolios with navigator, to PDF containers?

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Sep 10, 2020

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A PDF Portfolio is the container format. You don't have to do anything.

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Thank you, Joel_Geraci1. That makes sense. From your previous response to the topic, I thought there might be a PDF container type distinct from PDF Portfolio. I'm still wondering how I can make sure I'm creating a Portfolio without a navigator and how to convert/migrate a Portfolio with a navigator to a Portfolio without. In your previous response, you indicated that Portfolios with navigators would continue to function without Flash Player, but wouldn't look so great. I'd like to migrate/convert some Portfolios that seem to have a navigator, to Portfolios without. When setting up a new computer recently, upon opening one of these Portfolios in Acrobat Pro XI, I was prompted to install Flash Player. Before Flash Player was installed, it wouldn't show thumbnails of the Portfolio contents. When I downloaded/installed Flash Player, I was reminded of its imminent obsolescence.

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I think Joel was saying (but will correct me if I'm wrong) is that the navigators will stop working but the underlying container will keep working. However, there were important updates to Acrobat this year concerning Flash and you might have to get rid of your ancient apps to make it work nicely...

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When you create portfolios with Acrobat DC it doesn't use Flash.

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You're still on XI? That's really old. With Acrobat DC, you can't create Portfolios with Flash Layouts (Navigators) so you really don't need to worry about it. Just create your Portfolio as normal. They aren't as pretty but they are future proof.

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Depending on the Acrobat version or other PDF viewer, the fallback will be to a Portfolio with a generic navigator or just attachments to the "Cover Sheet". You don't lose any PDF files, you just lose the experience.

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