I have been tasked with creating electronic, fillable forms whose data can be printed onto preprinted, multi-part, continuous forms by a dot matrix printer. Has anyone had experience with this? Can it be done using layers? I'm thinking of scanning the preprinted form in, creating an identical electronic fillable form on top of it and then printing only the data onto the forms in the printer. Alignment will be the issue. Any tips would be apprediated.
Are you planning to print using Acrobat? If so, it allows you to print just the fields, so you don't need to other with layers. Alignment is indeed the main issue you'll encounter, and that's mostly a user education issue.
I agree. I used to do the same thing with a word processor and the placement was the only issue. Today, it is easy compared to back then in the early days before form software and such. It might be that you could create a button that would automate the print process and be sure only the fields are printed.
If you're positioning things, remember that Acrobat has a layer and a grid overlay system (both turned off by default but accessible from the View > Show/Hide menu). Armed with a rule and those to guide you, lining your fields up with the paper form is easy.
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