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How to tell if PDF document editable?

By Healer ·
I accessed a PDF document online. I supposed I could fill in the fields and saved it online but I couldn't. I downloaded it and tried it offline again I couldn't either.

I check the Document Properties -> Security. I do see "Filling of form fields: Allowed". What could be wrong. I do not think I need the Adobe professional application to do the job. I remember I could fill in the fields on one of the PDF forms I had before while having only Adobe reader installed.

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Not to dispute what Col said, but....

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to How to tell if PDF docume ...

I have made this mistake many times at my workplace.

When creating the form in Acrobat Pro (I use 9 & 10, I think 7 & 8 are the same though) and before saving the pdf to upload you have to "Extend features in Adobe Reader"....this is found under the "Advanced" menu option in Acrobat Pro. What usually happens to me is that I will open a form in LifeCycle Designer to make a couple changes to the form, then save it & then upload it to the site again.....I forgot to open it in Acrobat Pro & extend the features to Acrobat Reader so you end up with a form that can't be saved after being filled out using Reader.

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take a look here

by Sue T In reply to How to tell if PDF docume ...

http://www.ehow.com/how_4798387_type-adobe-reader.html maybe this will help.I've used the Adobe Reader Typewriter before with success so maybe it will help you also.
good luck.

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by Healer In reply to take a look here

In my case, it doesn't work. No extra toolbar comes up after I did what is instructed. When I check again the selection doesn't stay either.

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Simple solution

by ThePickle In reply to How to tell if PDF docume ...

The solution is very simple - stop relying on Adobe's bloated garbage, and use a real PDF processor like FoxIt reader. It's small, fast, and not bloated with useless crap. It allows you to save forms AND open them later for further editing.

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by Healer In reply to Simple solution

I appreciate the Foxit Reader. I had once used it but reverted back to Adobe when there was a quirky bug.
Anyway, Foxit does not make any difference in reading and editing in terms of its ability

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by ThePickle In reply to Simple solution

Not sure what version you last tried from FoxIt, but as I said, I use it all the time to save/edit/update PDF forms, and I've never come across a form which I wasn't able to save and then continue editing at a later time.

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Sorry... I had to say it....

by sam In reply to How to tell if PDF docume ...

When I first glanced across the page at this story, I had to do a double-take. It first registered in my brain as "How to tell if a PDF document is edible".

Hope someone gets a laugh outta that. I did.

Happy Thursday!
~ Sam

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Fill in PDF Form fields

by register2 In reply to How to tell if PDF docume ...

Download NitroPDF from nitropdf.com. The software is free, and lets you add text to PDF files as well as create PDF files via the printer

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by Healer In reply to Fill in PDF Form fields

I've just downloaded, installed and tried. It didn't make any difference than using any other PDF reader. I couldn't using this software fill the form in question at all.

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take a look at this

by Sue T In reply to How to tell if PDF docume ...

website https://www.fillanypdf .com (remove the space after the f)

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