Bobby... I wish I had an answer but, I have a similar issue and, I may very well need to know the answer to your question as soon as I get to that point.
I created a simple interactive form in InDesign CS6 and thought that I had set my Character Styles for each text field properly - including the alignment of the text. I wanted all fields to be centered.
When I opened the PDF in Acrobat Pro, the cursor automatically began at the left of each form field cell and, now that I think about it, did give me the standard Times Roman font.
I, too, would like to know how to manage text during the interactive form creation or, after the file is in PDF form.
Hi, I've been working on a form using CS6 and came across this too. After reading these posts I was resigned to my form fields displaying in a Times font, however after making a couple of (unrelated) changes, when I now export to PDF, some of my form fields are displaying in an Arial looking font (i'm not sure if it has inherited the font from the rest of the doc - I use Akzidenz-Grotesk which is very similar to Arial).
I've been checking the form fields for differences, but so far cant see any. I now seem to be stuck with some fields in a serif font, some in a sans-serif font & so far cannot figure out why, or how to fix it.
I've put a copy of the PDF at https://dl.dropbox.com/u/22897479/Issue%203%20test.pdf
binary pete wrote:... some of my form fields are displaying in an Arial looking font (i'm not sure if it has inherited the font from the rest of the doc - I use Akzidenz-Grotesk which is very similar to Arial).
No Arial in your doc...
And if I type anything in your form, Times-Roman appears in the list above. Not sure if it all has sense...
Yes, its weird. I've noticed that if I view it in Google Chrome browser, it displays the same fields in a sans-serif font, but as soon as clicked on they change to Times Roman - in Acrobat, the same fields are staying sans-serif. This may be a bit of a clue as to why you see the font properties entries change?
I've just checked a previous version of the doc where all the form fields were showing in the same (Times Roman) font & the doc properties show Times Roman before I've clicked on anything. It also lists Minion Pro, but this should not be in my doc (im only supposed to be using the Akzidenz & DINEengschirft) - It doesnt show the Myriad Pro that we're seeing in my faulty doc, so I'm assuming this is the sans-serif font that is displaying in some of my form fields.
I'm guessing I've happened on a bug & cannot change them intentionally so will try removing an reapplying the form fields.
Just done a couple of experiments - created a new doc from scratch and all form fields display as Times Roman, as expected.
re-opened my doc that displays some form fields in Times Roman and others in a sans-serif font. Created a new form field, also copied and pasted one of the form fields that displays in Times Roman & also copied and pasted one that displays sans-serif. Exported to PDF - all 3 of the new fields are displaying sans-serif!
I'll replace all the fileds currently showing as Times & hopefully all will be the same sans-serif font
I guess that makes sense for text input fields (where all the text created is from the form filler rather than the author), and therefore I guess forcing combo-boxes into the same font gives uniformity, even though that text is created by the author.
My problem seems to be a bug though - I have multiple combo boxes, some display in Times, some in a different, none-serif font - I cannot control which display as which.
Further to my last comment where I added 3 new combo boxes, using 3 different methods and all displayed the same non-serif font, I've since tried copying & pasting but I'm getting unpredicatble results.I cannot get all my form fields to display in the same font as each other. Whilst I dont like the Times Roman font, if they were all the same I'd cope with it.
You can kind of get around this by instead of using a form field, add a comment after the PDF has been created. You can specify the font of a comment and any user will be able to click on the comment and edit it. However, they will still require the specified font on their PC.
For example, I have used it where the user needs to specify an email address. The comment i entered simply says "Enter your email", the user edits the comment and their email is shown in the font selected.
The user will still be able to change the font, size etc so it isnt the most secure solution, but its more than is being offered at this time with indesign.
Acrobat purposely restricts the fonts available for form fields. Most people who receive your forms will not have the same fonts you do.
But you also can embedd fonts into PDF documents, or not? Or are they not usable by the system while a form is being filled in?
You can edit the typeface used in your text fields in Adobe Acrobat Pro. Create your form with all the appropriate text fields you would like in InDesign CS6 then:
- export your form from InDesign CS6 as an interactive PDF
- open your file in Adobe Acrobat Pro
- Click "TOOLS" on the right hand side (next to sign and comment)
- Click "INTERACTIVE OBJECTS"
- Click "SELECT OBJECT"
- Then select all or any text fields you would like to change
- if selected the text field should appear blue, not red, as well as displaying the description (if you assigned one while creating your form in InDesign)
- Once selected RIGHT CICK (if using a MAC or mouse without a right click button press crtl + click your mouse)
- a pop-up should appear and the at the top of the list you will see PROPERTIES
- click properties and go to APPEARANCE
- under the TEXT section you will see options to alter your text fields designated typeface, color and size
NOTE: I believe if the user filling out the form does not have the typeface you assigned to the text field(s) it will default to New Times Roman
I've been searching for a solution and found a fellow who writes custom scripts for Acrobat.
He created a script with a front end that lets you select fields to edit (by name, by type, by page) and allows you to mass edit field properties. Based on the number of forum posts here and elsewhere about this problem, this could be a very valuable tool.
This text editor keeps changing the URL into a clickable link page title, but in case that doesn't work, here it is without the auto-link feature that keeps overriding my paste.
I am using Adobe XI PRO and became quite frustrated when converting conventional PDF documents to fillable forms. Initially, I looked online for all kinds of complex solutions, but then after 30 minutes of frustration I did a smart thing -- I "dummied up" by looking for a simple solution. All you have to do to shrink the font size within each field of fillable forms is simply put spaces after the characters you wish to type. The field has a set length, so the more characters you put in, the smaller they get. This allows you to have the same font sizes throughout the document.
How to create a fillable PDF form with Acrobat:
- 1.In Acrobat XI, select the Tools pane > Forms >
- 2.Select Existing Document, and click Next.
- 3.Select a file to convert, and click Next.
- 4.Select Tasks > Edit Fields to make adjustments to the
form fields if needed.
- 5.Click Close Form Editing when done.
- 1.In Acrobat XI, select the Tools pane > Forms >
As this thread has been resurrected :-), I'll take a ride and mention:
... which is by far the easiest way to prepare forms fields in InDesign and assign a font to them that will carry through to Acrobat. The free edition lets you create short forms with all formatting intact.
In Acrobat Pro DC (2015 release)
Choose "prepare form"
Now select the editable fields you want to change the font in (from the Times default)
On the right, choose "more" (there is a tool icon next to it)
Choose "Show field properties"
Under "Text" set your font and font size
I hope that helps, it took me ages to find.