3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 9, 2010 12:39 PM by areceeone RSS

    Creating an editable PDF from InDesign

    areceeone

      I need to create a PDF from InDesign where the client can edit a few text fields. How do I do this? I would also like to make sure the fonts are embedded and will print properly on their end. I'm working in CS5.

       

      Thanks to whoever can help!

        • 1. Re: Creating an editable PDF from InDesign
          Eugene Tyson CommunityMVP

          PDFs are final files - nobody should be editing them.

           

          However, you set the Font to Subet at 0% (meaning every glyph will be embedded) and they can then insert any character from that font set when editing.

           

          They will need acrobat pro to edit the text - but only minor edits may be done using the Advanced menu in acrobat pro

           

           

           

          There are a few ways to add text - perhaps this will help http://www.creativepro.com/article/acrobat-how-add-text-pdfs

          • 2. Re: Creating an editable PDF from InDesign
            MT.Freelance Community Member

            If you have Acrobat Pro, you can add form fields in that application. Forms > Add or Edit Fields...

            You have minor control over the formatting using the form field properties.

             

            I have used this to allow customers to add their own contact information to advertising designs.

             

            You can save the PDF with 'extended features' for Acrobat Reader that will allow the end user/client to use Acrobat Reader to edit the text fields and save the document. Advanced > Extend Features in Acrobat Reader...

             

            NOTE: this is a Save As and locks the form for editing. Make it the last step. It will not allow them to change text that is not set up as a form field.

            • 3. Re: Creating an editable PDF from InDesign
              areceeone Community Member

              thanks MT.Freelance. that worked really well, though with some difficulty and limitations. I wish there were an easy way in InDesign to specify that a text box be editable. or a separate text tool for doing so.

               

              anyway, thanks for the quick response!