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    How do I create a fillable form from a fillable PDF that already exists?

    Asked by zalgirissoccer on May 05, 2013 at 04:46 PM

    I have read the forums and the HELP documents but still cannot find what I am in need of.  I have a 'fillable PDF" form already.  I need to make it so my players can access it from the Player Profile form I have created for our club.  

    Can this be done?  I see how to turn my forms into pdfs.  but it's alread a pdf and I don't want to have to re-create it if it can be avoided as it is a State form that we MUST use.  

    I've also seen the information on how to embed a PDF form into something but it looks like that is for a static form, not a fillable form.  Maybe I'm missing something?

    Thank you!

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by jonathan on May 05, 2013 at 05:34 PM


    Thank you for creating the separate post as requested.

    I think I understand what you want to achieve. You simply want to give your form users access to the PDF document in your form so they can fill-in the PDF document/form.

    May I ask if this PDF document/form have submit or print button? The user may need to print (as usually done with pdf docs) or submit this pdf document too right? What should happen after filling in this PDF form?

    Do you have a link where we can check out your PDF document? We can check also.

    If you have link to the PDF document, wouldn't that be sufficient to give the link to the user and fill in this document.

    Will await your updated response.


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    Answered by zalgirissoccer on May 05, 2013 at 05:47 PM


    No problem on the separate post.  Makes sence!

    You are correct in understanding.  The problem is that my fillable pdf is just a document at this point.  It is not hosted anywhere.  We want parents to be able to fill it out when they fill out our player profile and submit all at the same time.

    I know I can recreate the form and make it strictly a jotform version of the original but it would not be usable for both our club and for the State Cup requirements.  We would have to be able to print these forms as a separate document that looks exactly like the original.  

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    Answered by jonathan on May 05, 2013 at 05:58 PM

    I am not sure how we can make the users fill out the PDF document if its not accessible (over the internet, or the email at the least).

    And even if its fillable, it should be at least print able or save able... otherwise, how should the information/data be captured?

    I am thinking, you can host the document using Dropbox or Google drive. You simply upload the document on your Google or Dropbox account and you can add a link within your JotForm form to access the PDF document(it can be seen in the JotForm form) -- but again the question of saving or printing the PDF document.


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    Answered by zalgirissoccer on May 05, 2013 at 06:12 PM

    Okay, I see what you mean!  I wasn't thinking that through...I was thinking fillable would be saved in my jotform and then when they submit entire form, I'd have it!

    I get what you mean about adding the submit button....can I have a submit button in the middle of a larger form that will be submitted too?  

    Also, I have a Google account so that will work too!

    Thank you!

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    Answered by jonathan on May 05, 2013 at 06:55 PM

    I get what you mean about adding the submit button....can I have a submit button in the middle of a larger form that will be submitted too?  


    You can embed the PDF document inside the form.

    Something like this form http://www.jotformpro.com/form/31247235625956? 

    I don't have a fillable PDF document. Let us just imagine the document with the Submit and Print button which I embedded within the form is a PDF document.

    So, if you upload your PDF into Google drive account, you can share that link to that document and embed the link into the form.

    Hope this help. 


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    Answered by kchin on September 25, 2014 at 04:19 PM

    I have this form currently online that folks can download, print, fill out and bring in with them to their appointment: http://www.therunninginstitute.com/sites/default/files/newpatientformsapril2014live.pdf.

    Most will fill it out on their computer and then print or email it to us. However, some that email it to us think that their information saved but it ends up being a blank document.

    So, this is where I think Jotform can be the solution...

    I like this idea if it can be embedded into my jotform. I just need clarification on the following:

    1. Can this still be done where my existing fillable PDF can be embedded into my form so they can fill it out?

    2. If so and they're able to fill it out while on my jotform page for this form, how do they submit the completed form - When they click the "submit" button, does it "auto-save" their completed form and send it over to us?

    3. Finally, can I add required signatures into the embedded fillable pdf document?


    UPDATE: SO, I was able to create the embedded fillable PDF here: http://www.jotform.us/form/42676583376165

    I clicked the jotform submit button and the completed pdf did NOT come through. So, I'm assuming that it's not suppose to work that way?

    Also, I did have an issue creating it under "https:", which I need to do because it's a medical form. But, I created this one for now just for testing. 

    In sum - am I suppose to be able to get the embedded fillable form when they click the jotform submit button? And, how come my pdf doesn't show up when I try creating it using "https:"?

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    Answered by Jeanette on March 16, 2015 at 07:51 PM

    We have great news for you all!

    We are very happy to announce that have just released our Fillable PDF Form Creator.

    It might still have bugs on some forms, but it works beautifully for most forms.

    Please give it a try and let us know your feedback. 


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    Answered by fhpw on March 18, 2015 at 01:27 PM

    That is great news!

    As a new customer, I am in the process of converting four Adobe FormsCentral (AFC) accounts to four paid JotForm accounts. I congratulate JotForm responding to lost AFC users. 

    That stated, I am hoping JotForm will be able to assist me. Is it possible to convert any existing PDF Fillable?  I volunteer for a non-profit FHPWEF and would like to convert our scholarship application to JotForm.  Currently, users are able to print/scan or save their form to their desktop with data to email along with required attachments.  I would like to convert to using JotForm.  Also, the font in red has to be updated each year. 

    I am looking forward that applicants will now be able to submit their information, which automatically goes into a spreadsheet (instead of manual transfer) and upload documents directly to Dropbox or Google Docs, which was not available in AFC.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. 

    Here is the link to the document - http://fhpw.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/FHPWEF_APP2015.pdf

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by Kiran on March 18, 2015 at 04:29 PM


    Your question is moved to a separate thread and shall be addressed there.


    Thank you!