Jotform has long been a leading online form provider. The Jotform interface has hosted well over six million forms since our 2006 launch. Users embed them on their websites, Facebook pages, or just email them out. Sometimes they print them and take them to events for people to fill out with pen and paper. Other than that, Jotform hasn’t catered to users needing forms when internet connections are unavailable. Up until now.
You can now export your forms to fillable PDFs, giving way to an entirely new workflow for Jotform users. Form recipients can fill out the PDFs wherever they are, or save them for later. When they’re done they can submit them through the PDF which sends the results back to JotForm. All data is stored online, and it triggers notifications, as expected.
This new feature is particularly attractive to new users from Adobe FormsCentral. Adobe recently announced they were discontinuing their service, sending all their users to find an alternate form building tool. Jotform’s been instrumental in assisting Adobe users by providing import tools that transfer all their forms and data seamlessly. Jotform has already imported more than 30,000 forms and 1,000,000 data fields from soon-to-be-displaced users. Jotform is now giving them the full functionality they’re leaving behind plus additional features.
To get started with the Fillable PDF Form Creator just create your form as you normally would. From the Fillable PDF Form Creator page select your form and then select the “Create Fillable PDF” button. Save the PDF locally, and then email it out to your users. They can fill them out online, or offline. They only need to be connected to the internet when they submit them.
NOTE: In order to submit the PDF form, we recommend to fill it out using Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit PDF reader.
It works perfectly with the online workflow, so you can continue to keep your forms embedded on your websites, or email the permanent link for the form if they don’t need a PDF. The form results will all appear on the submissions page.
Building the Fillable PDF Form Creator is our response to customer feedback. If you have a new feature in mind that you’d like to see Jotform implement, shoot Jotform a note! Have you created a fillable PDF with our new tool? Tell us about it in the comments below. If you have questions, feel free to contact our ever friendly and always available support team.
Learn more about how to automate document creation with our guide to How to edit a PDF.