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    How to make a fillable PDF in JotForm?

    Asked by softhackghana on June 15, 2013 at 06:16 PM

    I want to create an offline version of my form for users fill and submit if they don't want to use the form online. But the pdf I created from my form is not fillable. Is there a way to make it fillable? I don't want a static pdf, I want it to be interactive and the users can submit the form after filling it.

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by jonathan on June 15, 2013 at 09:53 PM

    UPDATE: Fillable PDF Forms feature has been added in 2015.

     

    Hi,

    The PDF form is indeed static or read-only. There is no means to achieve a writeable PDF form in the form builder.

    To be able to have a writeable/fillable PDF file, you will need a different software for that (i.e. from Adobe.com) .

    Inform us if you have further inquiry.

    Thanks.

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    Answered by nagypeterendre on August 19, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Hi Support,

    So if I have the "different software" such as Adobe Acrobat X, how does my exported PDF JotForm turn into a fillable one with dropdowns etc?

    Alternatively, if that wouldn't work, is there any way to export the JotForm into a format that any 3rd party software can turn into a fillable and submittable PDF Form?

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    Answered by nagypeterendre on August 19, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    One more input sorry for doubling.

    When you create a PDF form, it would be nice to have an option to *not* include file upload elements. I think those should be excluded altogether since they have no use in a printed PDF form, just take up space and cause confusion with some old champs.

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by jonathan on August 20, 2013 at 06:29 AM

    @ nagypeterendre 

    Hi,

    If you haven't already, please review also this guide How-to-Create-a-PDF-Form -- this should help on how you can convert the form to PDF format.

    " When you create a PDF form, it would be nice to have an option to *not* include file upload elements. "

    I am not sure how you meant this, but I think you should just not include in the form the upload field element so that when the form is converted to PDF, it will not have this element.

    If you have further inquiry, may I request also that you instead create your own separate thread/topic for it. Use this link to do that http://www.jotform.com/contact

    Thanks.

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    JotForm Support Manager

    Answered by Jeanette on March 16, 2015 at 07:54 PM

    I am very happy to announce that our amazing team of developers have just released the Fillable PDF Form Creator.

    http://www.jotform.com/fillable-pdf-form-creator/

    This will allow you to accomplish what you were looking for on this thread.  The feature might still show bugs on some forms, but it works beautifully for most of the forms.

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

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    Answered by Ranae Payne on March 17, 2015 at 03:51 PM

    For the most part it worked.  However, when I bring up the PDF it shows funny marks at all my drop down boxes and it has completely omitted my pricing check boxes.  I will not be able to use this right now.

    Also, is there anyway for me to upload the form to my website so customers can fill it out but then they have to print it....not submit it?

    Thank you for creating such a wonderful product :)

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    Answered by Ben on March 17, 2015 at 06:03 PM

    I have moved your post to a new thread Ranae so that we can properly assist you with this.

    The new thread can be found here: http://www.jotform.com/answers/535207

    We will be replying to you shortly there.

    Thank you.

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    Answered by georgakaros on September 10, 2016 at 03:29 AM

    I have a fillable pdf created with adobe acrobat. I try to upload it and make it an online form, but jotform does not recognise it I guess.

     

    Am I doing something wrong?

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by John_Benson on September 10, 2016 at 06:59 AM

    I've moved your question to a new thread, so that we can assist you better.

    Here's the thread URL: https://www.jotform.com/answers/928935

    Please wait for our reply shortly. Thank you!