You add fields to the PDF using the various forms tools, which allow you to create text fields. In Acrobat 9, select "Forms > Add or Edit Fields". Your layout won't be affected.
Yes, but is there a way to highlight the text on the pdf and convert that to writable?
If you mean that you want to allow someone to change the text that's part of the contents of the page, the answer is no. Although Acrobat is able to edit, it's not the way to go, and can't work with Reader.
No, that is not what I mean.
I want to create a writable pdf but I have a specific layout where I want the text.
When I make the pdf and it has the layout associate, i would like to convert where that text is located within the pdf to writable areas rather than recreate the fields.
I understand reader does not allow you to change text.
This is why I need to make the pdf writeable.
Does this make sene?
So you're wanting to avoid the the process of manually creating the form fields in Acrobat, correct? Are you looking for a method to automatically generate the form fields?
It's more about keeping the layout alignment and spacing as I placed everything in the InDesign file.
When I have to create the form fields manually there is no guarantee the placement will be perfect.
I thought there might be a way to highlight the text on the pdf and create it someway to be a form field?
You can't convert existing text into a field, but if you export your PDF so that it "looks like a form", with boxes or underlines areas for the fields, and run Acrobat's form wizard on it, there is the option to automatically recognize where to put the fields. It usually requires fine-tuning but it saves a lot of time.
Can you direct me on instructions on how to do this?
I assume I could create the boxes/underlines in a white text or border so it's not noticable but still can be read?
Forms > Start Forms Wizard
Alright, let me play with this by making some adjustments to my Indesign file.
I might be in touch in the next day or so if I can't get it to work right.
Need additional help.
When I go through the wizard it says there are no form fields.
I put white boxes in my indesign layout, exported to pdf, and then went through the wizard.
Can you give me some better instructions on how to get this to work?
Would it help if it were possible to automatically convert interactive buttons that you create in InDesign to text fields in Acrobat?
FWIW, I doubt using the Form Wizard will help if you can get it to work. It seems that problem you're having is related to the positioning of the text fields and the wizard gives you no control.
Did a bit more investigation...say i don't want the lines to show up on the pdf?
It doesn't register a white line as a form. Is there a way to get it to work without having the lines on the pdf?
Maybe that would work, worth a try. Not sure i know how to do that either. Will have to research it.
What does it mean when you export the Indesign file as an interactive pdf?
Would that help me at all?
I was going to suggest a method if you think that would help. I have to admit to not understanding what the problem is exactly, so I don't know if it would help.
It means that the buttons you create in InDesign will work in the PDF that you generate by exporting to PDF. Unfortunately, buttons are the only type of form field that you can create in InDesign.
I got the button to work in Indesign and then show up as interactive in the PDF however I can't add text.
So now I need to try what you have indicated...replace the buttons with form fields...at least then I have the exact location of the text.
OK. I'll be able to post a script you can use, but not until later today. It's on a different machine than the one I'm using at the moment.
Ah I see. I think I am getting it in a mickey mouse sort of way...but it's working.
only thinng now is when i create those buttons and export as an interactive pdf i don't get the option for crop marks.
is that not possible now? this pdf will need to be printed too once the fields are filled out.
Out of curiousity, how are you doing it?
Regarding crop marks, I don't know, but it would be a good question for the InDesign forum.
I have created a layout in Indesign.
I make rectangles where I want there to be text and generate the rectangle as a button.
Then I export to PDF interactive.
I don't really change any of the settings that come up and then when it opens in Acrobat I put form fields over the buttons and delete the button.
Again a little mickey mousing.
I was hoping text could be interactive but I don't know how to do that outside of creating a button. It sounds like you couldn't do that.