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Acrobat PDF: Remove Form Fields & Flatten Document

Apr 22, 2010 8:33 PM

Looking for two procedures:

 

1) remove select/all form fields from a PDF

2) flatten a PDF document regardless of forms, annotations, comments, etc.

 

Thank you in advance to those who offer their expertise.

 
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    Apr 23, 2010 5:14 AM   in reply to Systems_Admin

    You need to explain better the first request.

     

    Second Try this:

    Acrobatpicture001.png

     
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    Apr 23, 2010 5:55 AM   in reply to Systems_Admin

    To remove all form fields you could simply select and delete them (under forms> edit), or go to Advanced> PDF optimizer> discard user data> discard all comments, forms and multimedia.

     
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    Apr 23, 2010 6:24 AM   in reply to Luke Jennings

    another way if you need them but don't want them try one of these adjustments when printing:

     

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    Apr 23, 2010 11:43 AM   in reply to Systems_Admin

    You could print the PDF as an image, making it essentially uneditable in Acrobat. The disadvantage is it will produce a larger file, vector elements will be rastered, and the form data won't be available for auto-collection.

    Go to print> choose Adobe PDF for your printer> Advanced> Print as image.

     
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    Apr 23, 2010 12:50 PM   in reply to Systems_Admin

    Try this instead:

     

    Click help:

     

    in search box type Flatten Form Fields

    click on item referenced as PDF Optimizer

    the link below should pop up.

    file:///Library/Application Support/Adobe/Help/en_US/Acrobat Pro/9.0/help.html?content=WS76F8368A-2F01-421d-9437-06EEB1C68BA4.html

     

    Go to Optimizer and choose:

     

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    Apr 23, 2010 2:50 PM   in reply to Systems_Admin

    The only other way I know to flatten the file.

     

    add a Background set to 1% Transparency.  then in PDF Optimizer use flatten layers.

     

    That essentually mays it a Graphic. that can't be changed.

     
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    Jul 19, 2010 8:23 PM   in reply to Systems_Admin

    I'm a little late to the party here, but in case anyone looks here again, I use a free tool from WindJack Solutions (http://www.windjack.com/products/freestuff.html) that can be downloaded here: http://www.pdfscripting.com/public/65.cfm. The tool you want is "Flatten Page Content Tool". This will add a separate little toolbar to Acrobat containing javascript for a flattening function.

     

    On my machine, the script is stored in the  C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Javascripts folder and is available whenever I use Acrobat.

     

    All fields, annotations, etc., will be permanently flattened after using the tool.

     

    FYI for the paranoid, though: pdf files can still be edited in Illustrator, Photoshop and other programs. Someone could even add form fields over your previous form fields, flatten the fields with the tool described above and alter your form that way. Where there is a will...

     
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    Aug 12, 2010 12:33 PM   in reply to Anna Nmty

    perfect!!! thank you


     
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