I have created a form to be exported to pdf, however none of the table contents output as text boxes. Is there a way to have this happen, or a way to convert the table into individual boxes to be assigned? The form has approx 800 boxes which need to be available for input. As an experiment I created a simple 16 x 10 table with plain empty cells and exported to pdf. acrobat ignored the table even after cycling it through the auto-detect wizard.
I posted this on the acrobat forum to no avail.
how do you assign a table cell to be a text field?
This link supposedly shows that tables are to be auto-detected by acrobat by using the wizard. I do agree with you that it is not true though, because it simply isn't working.
But I don’t understand why you don’t want to do this in InDesign using the form tools there.
You can convert a table in ID to text fields in acrobat using the wizard to detect form fields. Make sure you type the text labels in the table header.
You cannot directly convert a table to a group of text fields directly from ID using Button and form panel. But you can 'gridify' a rectangle into a grid and then select all the rectangles and convert to a text field.
That's what I've been trying to do from the beginning. I created a relatively complex document in indesign that has a crap-ton of text fields (made in cs6 with tables). I outputed the document to pdf without assigning those "data entry grids" as form text fields in indesign because I couldn't figure out how to assign cells within a table (tables are only selectable with the text tool). I then brought it into acrobat and ran the wizard, hoping to have acrobat detect my tables....no go. You know the rest. I was counting on not having to use the old-school method that Sagar-Khanna has suggested (the way I've always had to do it before). That method works, but as you can imagine is time consuming.
That's what I'm doing now. That's what I meant by replicating. I've got to (as Sagar suggested) "gridify" about 40 aligned boxes, make them form text fields, assign the form values, replicate and align roughly 20 groups of 4.
I'm in the printing business. I'm setting up interactive sig sheets in pagination. It would have been nice to just create the grids using basic tables and have the wizard auto-detect the gazillion fields...voila! No major problem though.
Old-school it is, I guess.