Prepare Form Not Creating All Form Fields

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Apr 07, 2021 Apr 07, 2021

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When I prepare a PDF as a form, only a few of the fields that need to be created as fillable get created.  I then have to do them by hand, which defeats the purpose of using the Prepare Form function.  Please help!

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Apr 07, 2021 Apr 07, 2021

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The detection of fields is not perfect.

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Apr 07, 2021 Apr 07, 2021

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There's no easy solution to this issue. The form fields wizard does a decent job (usually), but never perfect. You will always have to manually add missing fields, remove fields that shouldn't be there, and adjust others. It can be a lot of work.


The only other way of creating fields consistently is to use a script, but that has to have something to base the detection of the fields on, such as special characters. I've developed a couple of (paid-for) tools that will convert such characters to fields with 100% accuracy. One script will convert certain Wingdings characters to check-boxes or radio-buttons, and another will convert sequences of underscores to text fields. You can find them here:

https://www.try67.com/tool/acrobat-reader-convert-wingdings-characters-to-check-boxes-or-radio-butto...

https://www.try67.com/tool/acrobat-reader-convert-underscores-to-text-fields

 

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