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    Am I able to create, distribute and collect data using a fillable PDF form?

    Asked by James  on October 05, 2016 at 03:59 AM


    I am needing to create a fillable pdf form that I am able to share with a wide group of people. They will download this PDF form onto their own device and then fill it in as time allows. 

    They will then need to be able submit what they have filled in on the PDF. Can his can be done with a 'submit' button which when activated 'clicked' sends the data to me.

    Is it possible for the submitted data to be collated onto one excel file or sheet file (google drive) that automatically updates when a new person submits their data. 

    Do you offer this capability?

    In short.

    Create PDF fillable form. Send to multiple people who fill it in over time. People submit their forms. Submitted data is stored on a centralised excel / sheet spreadsheet that updates automatically.



    James Lowry

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by Nik_C on October 05, 2016 at 05:42 AM

    Hello James,

    You can Create Fillable PDF form with our tool and send to your applicants for filling. 

    You just need to make sure that they are using Adobe Reader so they will be able to submit the form from PDF:

    Also you can use our Google Spreadsheet integration to collect all your data to the same place.

    Hope this answers your questions.

    Of course, if you need additional assistance please let us know.

    Thank you!