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customer editable PDF from ID6?

Feb 20, 2013 7:11 PM

Tags: #design #pdf #text #indesign #form #editable #customer



I know my question has been answered a million times but I'm wrestling with a document and thought I'd turn to the crowd on this one.


I've had success in the past making customer editable PDFs (i.e. forms) from InDesign. For whatever reason I'm struggling to get Acrobat to recognize the text fields I want to be active in a project I'm currently working on.


In the past I've done more traditional forms that gather basic info like name, address, phone etc. But what I'm trying to create is a "template" gift certificate for a business where they can enter the amount and the service or product offered on their own without having InDesign. The basic goal is to maintain the branding and design we have across platforms (i.e. print/ web) without having my customer hitting me up every day for a custom build.


Take a look below at the samples. First is a mock-up screen grab of the ID layout. I've blanked the specifics but you get the idea.

Next shows the outline of the layout. The two empty text boxes represent the "editable" areas.


When the document is exported as a PDF and the form regonition is run in Acrobat Pro, it's always the same message:


"No new form field annotations were detected."


Is here a way to "tag" boxes in InDesign? Is this something I should be asking the Acrobat folks?


I'm stumped. If anyone could shed some light, I'd appreciate it.




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    Feb 20, 2013 8:20 PM   in reply to author_unknown

    Have you made the input fields into form fields?



    Are you including a color profile? This adds weight to the PDF.

    Export as an interactive PDF versus print?





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    Feb 21, 2013 8:57 AM   in reply to author_unknown

    The easiest means, assuming the client has Acrobat, is to use password security that does not allow changing the document.


    Beyond that, and again with Acrobat, one can export the PDF out as a TIFF, right-click on it and create a PDF from it...but it will be a much larger PDF.


    Best I can do.



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    Feb 22, 2013 7:44 AM   in reply to author_unknown

    To "flatten" the form data into the PDF and prevent it from being further edited as a form, you could run an action. The form will cease to be a form, so start with a copy. Here's a link to an action, already made by the good folks over at


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