How to take PDF and make it Fillable?

Discussion in 'Computers & Technology' started by Romans922, Feb 1, 2012.

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  1. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    I am looking for software or program or just plain HOW to take a PDF file and then convert it so I can fill in blanks on the PDF with information.

    I am hoping to find a FREE way to do this. Any help?
  2. BertMulder

    BertMulder Puritan Board Junior

    There are many free PDF writers available. Google will help you find one.
  3. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    How do PDF writers work? I have tried a couple and they just make the PDF file into another PDF file... I need rather to make the PDF file into a fillable PDF file.
  4. BertMulder

    BertMulder Puritan Board Junior

    I use Adobe Standard (which is not freeware), which has a typewriter tool...

    Check this out:
  5. littlepeople

    littlepeople Puritan Board Freshman

    It depends on whether you are wanting to fill in blanks in a single PDF, or create a fillable PDF to be distributed to others. Adobe acrobat pro is your best bet, but not free. But the 30 day trial would work if this is a one time thing
  6. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    Given your answers, I'm not sure that you understand the question.


    I've been waiting to see if someone has a better answer, because the best option out there that I know about is Adobe Pro, which is painfully expensive. Lots of free ways to create a PDF, a number of ways to modify one, but options appear to be severely limited in making fillable. Create fillable PDF forms, Form Wizard | Adobe Acrobat X Pro

    Another route would be to OCR the form and then spend a lot of time cleaning up, complete the form, and then reconvert it. Before I'd do that, I'd print it, dig an old typewriter out of the closet, fill it in and scan it. Or just fill it in by hand and mail it.

    If you are creating the form from scratch, rather than from an existing PDF, You might be able to do what you want in MS Word.

    Have you asked around to see if there is anyone at your church who has Pro and would help you out?
  7. ChariotsofFire

    ChariotsofFire Puritan Board Sophomore

    You could take a print screen and fill it out in Paint. :)
  8. VictorBravo

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  9. VictorBravo

    VictorBravo Administrator Staff Member

    Maybe I didn't either. I thought Andrew just wanted to know how he could put information onto a pdf he has. If that is the question, a typewriter function will do the trick.

    But I agree with you that if you want to make an actual fillable form that can be emailed to others to fill out, you are almost certainly going to have to buy something. First choice, based on familiarity, would be Acrobat Pro. I believe Omnipage can do it as well, but I have no experience with it.

    I remember back in the early 90s I owned a Paperport scanner that had bundled software that allowed you to save the scanned pages with form fields. The format was not pdf, though. It worked well, but nobody else could read it. But you could scan the page and fill out the form on your computer and print it with ease. It was one of the magical things like Betamax that just disappeared.
  10. Ask Mr. Religion

    Ask Mr. Religion Flatly Unflappable Staff Member

  11. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    NitroPDF may work for you. Do you have a specific problem you're trying to address or are you just asking in general. Some PDF's come encrypted and password protected that don't easily allow this. Also, making an editable PDF out of an existing PDF is pretty tedious as you have to create edit boxes one at a time and then save the PDF, etc. I have Acrobat Pro as well. You should be able to get an education discount at for Acrobat Pro X. I love Acrobat pro.
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