Welcome Dialog

Welcome to the Community!

We have a brand new look! Take a tour with us and explore the latest updates on Adobe Support Community.


Adding text over form Text Fields

Community Beginner ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi there - I have been asked to put together an interactive PDF form with text fields which include a description of what is required in each field within the box. I have put this together but whenever I export it the text added on top of the forms does not appear when opened in Adobe Acrobat or my browser. I've tried to find workarounds for this and tons of different export options but nothing seems to help, anyone have any ideas?

Here is an example of what I mean.

 

The top image is how it appears in InDesign (the text is just a normal type tool box and the blue box below is a Text Field created in forms.) 
Screenshot 2021-06-09 at 13.46.44.png

The bottom image is how it exports in Adobe Acrobat.

Screenshot 2021-06-09 at 13.47.02.png

TOPICS
How to, Import and export, Publish online, Type

Views

208

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

It looks like this cannot be done natively in InDesign yet, and must be handled after the fact by adding the default values in Acrobat. Add your voice to the discussion here:

 

https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/32820841-it...

 

 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

In Acrobat, forms will supercede other elements to top layer. Adding text on top of form in Indesign will not work.

 

You have a few options:

In Indesign, you can add text to the "Description" and this will become a tooltip once viewed in Acrobat. Please note, the tooltip shows only on hover of form.

 

If you want text already in form field (like your example) you will need to do this in Acrobat. In the property of the field, Option > add text to "Default Value"

 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

https://www.id-extras.com/products/formmagic/ would do what you want.

There's a free version for short forms.

Ariel

 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Just curious, what constitutes a short form?

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Do you mean how to insert placeholder text (ghost text) in text fields?

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

ezgif.com-gif-maker.gif

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

You could do it in acrobat pro with script:

Schermata 2021-06-09 alle 16.12.20.png

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Community Beginner ,
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 09, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

LATEST

Thanks for all the tips, I tried out FormMagic and it will only work with single page forms with <10 fields on the free version, but it definitely looks like the best solution...

 

Unfortunetly it's multiple forms with lots of fields so it's something that the Acrobat workarounds also wouldn't work for.

 

Until Adobe make any changes to interactive forms I will just need to speak to the client to see if they're willing to pay for the FormMagic Pro.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines