What do you mean by "select or block fields", exactly?
There are fields on the form which I would like to merge into a database and others I do not require.
I know I could simply hide the fields after merging, however if I could prevent the information from being merged that would be the best.
Are you importing data into the PDF, or exporting it? And how are you doing it, exactly?
I will be exporting data using the merge data function within Acrobat XI Pro.
The following is from http://help.adobe.com/en_US/acrobat/X/pro/using/WSDD95883E-EB9B-409b-8C7C-33E0DAE68FFE.htm l.
Merge exported data files to a spreadsheet
If you want to compile data from forms that are not already in a data set, use the following process.
1. Choose Tools > Forms > More Form Options > Manage Form Data > Merge Data Files Into Spreadsheet.
2. In the Export Data From Multiple Forms dialog box, click Add Files.
3. In the Select file Containing Form Data dialog box, select a file format option in File Of Type option (Acrobat Form Data Files or All Files). Then locate the form files that you want to merge into the spreadsheet, select them, and click Open.
4. Repeat the previous step to add form data files that are in other locations, as needed.
5. Click Export. Then select a folder and filename for the spreadsheet, and click Save.
6. In the Export Progress dialog box, click either View File Now to open the spreadsheet file or Close Dialog to return to Acrobat.
Note: When returned forms are in a response file, the most efficient way to export the information into a spreadsheet is to use the Export Data button in the left navigation panel for the PDF Portfolio response file.
AFAIK, no, you can't exclude fields from this operation. You can always remove them from the spreadsheet afterwards, though.
Unfortunately I didn’t think so.
Thank you for your input.
The only way it can be done is if you collect the form data using an Action
and a script. Then you could tell it which fields to ignore, but I think
that will be much more complicated to develop and use then simply remove
the columns you're not interested in post-merge...
On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 5:11 PM, James A Hiltz CET <firstname.lastname@example.org
That type of script is over my ability at this time, but would be well worth the effort due to the large volume of data.