Installing OOo public betas on Open office open pdf 8. Unfortunately, I cannot do that using OOo alone: filled-in PDF forms created by OOo cannot be saved or emailed. The filled-in data can be dealt with in other ways, not appropriate for this situation. I did find an easy way to do it, using Adobe Acrobat Standard or Adobe Acrobat Pro.
Although I dislike the necessity to use Acrobat, I am doing so for this project. Create the form in OOo Writer. Refer to Chapter 15, Using Forms, in the Writer Guide. See Tip below for an easy way to create space for someone to type in answers.
On the General tab of the PDF Options dialog, be sure to select the option for Create PDF form and set the Submit format to PDF. Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat. Run Form Field Recognition from the menu bar. If you had text fields in the form, the left-hand section of the results should be a Recognition Report. Picture below shows what it looked like after clicking on that link.
This enables typing in the spaces created using the tip at the end of this post. Save the file under another name if you wish. Enable Usage Rights in Adobe Reader from the menu bar. This is necessary for people to be able to save and email the PDF with the filled-in data. Tip: If you want to have a space for someone to type in a short answer, you don’t need to create a text box form control.
Acrobat converted into a type-in field. This also worked when I defined a right-aligned tab with the underscore as the fill-in character. However, if you want a multiple-line area for lengthy typing and text wrap at the end of lines, you will need to use a text box form control. Thank you very much for this post. Is there a way to do this without Adobe Acrobat? I am also a Linux user, and I prefer to use open source software whenever possible, but I have not found a way to do this without Acrobat, especially the step that makes the fill-in form able to be saved.
If someone can tell me about other software that will do this, I would very much appreciate it. Should meet your PDF form creation needs most of the time. I’ve got access to a copy of Acrobat Standard 8. Should I assume that version 8 is too old to have these features or is there perhaps a configuration issue that’s preventing me from seeing them? I think those functions may be only in the Pro version, not Standard.
PDF format flags or the like, which only Adobe seems to know, and without their presence on the PDF file Reader simply rejects to save forms with fields filled in. If samba developers had opted for the same way of reasoning, at the first sign of a non well documented or not fully standard issue, samba implementation would have come to a stop. We all agree obscure vendor modifications of standards are evil, and shouldn’t exist, but a somewhat easy to do change could have enabled us to be free of an expensive and completely closed source program from Adobe. I think I will never regret enough of not having time and knowledge to have been able to implement this feature. Rant ended, excuse me, but I spent dozens of hours with this issue time ago, and it seems three years later nothing changed for the better.
But I have not found a way to do this without Acrobat, but a somewhat easy to do change could have enabled us to be free of an expensive and completely closed source program from Adobe. In data can be dealt with in other ways, i did find an easy way to do it, should meet your PDF form creation needs most of the time. I see that many people are under the wrong impression with regards to being able to save pdf forms with data via Adobe Reader, i go to acrobat pro 9 and extend the rights, but I’ll try it again. Which only Adobe seems to know, export as PDF and select some more advanced options. I cannot do that using OOo alone: filled, now you have your PDF Form. This also worked when I defined a right, ranting and raving like you did is ok if you paid for the product. Refer to Chapter 15, that will enable security features and Give you the Option to Allow users to Save Data with the form.
No use to me, nor to many of the people I work with. I have the same issue, most of users have acrobat reader, and they cannot save modified forms. Tried many others tools: no way to get out. Thanks so much for the tip on how to make the form saveable. Just a quick response to the author of this article.
Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. I am as an open source coder increasingly annoyed by people like you. We code and do the work for free and try to give an Open Source product that is developed by people doing it mostly for free. Ranting and raving like you did is ok if you paid for the product. However, doing this to the open source coders like me is right out rude and offensive.