I would like to have 1200 single page forms in pdf format, that each have a unique identifier (their address and business name). I currently have 1200 single page merged word docs and want to tuen each of them into a stand alone fillable form. Essentially I need to make a template that I can use 1200 times and would like to use a batch function to save some time.
Any help would be appreciated as this is new to me.
While you could automate the creation of the PDF files in Acrobat Pro, you cannot automate the Reader-Extension process to allow users of Reader X and earlier to save the filled-in form.
You would also be bound by the Acrobat EULA in terms of the number of returned copies of any such extended form. I couldn't guarantee that adding a couple of extra fields to a template would make each one "unique" as defined by the EULA, and so you could be limited to a total of 500 returned forms from the entire set of 1200.
Or, be sure that the folks use either Acrobat or Reader XI that can save the forms. If the form data is to be submitted, that would be necesssary OR you can set the data to be submitted as form data, the preferred way anyway.
I'm helping Scott with this project and in answer to 1. George Johnson, yes the fields will be in the exact location and consist of about 30-40 fields. In answer to 2.try67 we have used the mail merge function to create the 1200 word forms but require them to be fillable. Im under the understanding that I would have to create a fillable form for each of the 1200 forms in Adobe and would appreciate any information on the automation process. I am using Version 9.5 Acrobat Pro. At this point we are not too concerned with compiling the data electronically, but would like to save each form individually after it has been filled in. Thanks
A single pdf with 1200 pages - different name and address on each form - but the checklist will be the same. I'm familiar with the Extraction process so can easily create 1200 separate forms if necessary.
The process for making a page a template through Acrobat's UI depends on what version you're using, but it can be doen programmatically too: http://livedocs.adobe.com/acrobat_sdk/9.1/Acrobat9_1_HTMLHelp/JS_API_A croJS.88.451.html
Well, I made it as far as running the script and must say this is a little out of my league. Thank you for the links, but unfortunately they didn't make alot of sense. Is this the only way it can be done?
You can also try this. Create the fields that you want on the first page, select them all, and duplicate them to the other pages (Ctrl+A > right-click a selected field > Duplicate). This will allow you to copy the fields to all of the other pages, but with 1200 pages and 40 or so fields per page, this might be iffy (crash) and is why I didn't suggest it before. You can then extract the individual pages as separate documents as you know how to do. If it doesn't work, you can try duplicating fields to and extracting 100 or so pages at a time.