2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 8, 2016 3:32 AM by mm_indxlogic

    Editing Text


      I am creating test medical records using pdf templates.  In these templates I have placed tokens that will be replaced with data.  For example {{patient_name}} might become "John Doe".  I will feed in a spreadsheet with a number of test patients and will generate documents. 


      I am having a problem with how Acrobat is changing how I am organizing text.  Below is a sample of what I am talking about.


      hem onc consult_1.png

      The bottom part was saved earlier.  I entered the text in a single text area.  It has split up into columns.  In this particular case it doesn't matter.  The "Vitals" section above it was added right before this screenshot was taken.  Below is what it looks like after saving and re-opening.


      hem onc consult_2.png


      Here it has split up my token and I will have issues when I try to generate the final document.  Is there any way to make Acrobat stop messing up my organization? In many cases the token appears in a paragraph that must re-orient itself to handle the change is text length.  For the most part this works, but occasional I get results like the one above.  As a secondary question, what is the proper name for those little boxes.





        • 1. Re: Editing Text
          try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          No, there's nothing you can do about that. PDF files were never meant to be edited in such a way and doing so is risky and prone to problems. This is not really a good workflow. You should use form fields (although then you can't re-flow the rest of the text), or better yet, apply these values in the original file format, before the PDF is created.

          • 2. Re: Editing Text
            mm_indxlogic Level 1

            That's what I thought, but I needed a second opinion.  I do agree that this isn't the best workflow.  It is just the best one that I have right now.  Creating the documents from source is the next step, I was just hoping there was an easier way.