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Combining forms from a portfolio without losing field data

New Here ,
Oct 19, 2022 Oct 19, 2022

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I need to make a document which contains multiple instances of the same form with different data along with some non form pdf files.

 

I have the form layout perfectly but cannot seem to combine these forms without the data merging. I thought I had the solution with a portfolio but how can I create one merged document and keep the data intact?

 

Thanks 

 

 

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Oct 21, 2022 Oct 21, 2022

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I'm having the same problem - extremely frustrating! Adobe keeps changing my form data!

When I insert a pdf with a form into my main document - if I see "Fixing up form fields" during the process, I know my information is being changed. How do I stop it?! I tried protecting the pdf I'm adding, but protecting it prevents it being added to the main document.

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Oct 23, 2022 Oct 23, 2022

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In Adobe Acrobat flatten the pages before you combine the files.

It is not possible with the Acrobat Online Services.

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Oct 24, 2022 Oct 24, 2022

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I am using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, went to Print Production then to Flattener Preview - is that the correct way to flatten my pdf forms? Flattening my pdf form did not prevent Adobe from changing my form data. 😞

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Oct 24, 2022 Oct 24, 2022

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No, it's not, at least not for this purpose. You can do it using the Preflight tool (run the "Flatten annotations and form fields" profile) or the following JavaScript code:

this.flattenPages();

Note this process is NOT reversible, so make sure to keep a copy of the file with the unflattened fields, in case you want to change something in it later on.

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Oct 24, 2022 Oct 24, 2022

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It worked!!  Thank you so-o-o much. I have 22 pdf forms to add to a proposal and the first form data was being duplicated instead of the subsequent forms I was adding. Thanks!

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Oct 31, 2022 Oct 31, 2022

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Thanks for your answer, is this possible in Acrobat Standard?

 

I seem to have found a workaround by completing the forms with the required data and then printing the entire portfolio to PDF, once done then combining the outputted pages which works but seems a bit clunky.

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