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How Can I Import My Own PDF With Smart PDF Forms

How Can I Import My Own PDF With Smart PDF Forms

The JotForm PDF Editor was released in October 2018. It converts existing JotForm forms into fillable PDF forms and creates a PDF document that contains the submission information. 

As with any major release, users submitted various requests and feature additions to improve the product. One request that stood out was the ability to import an existing PDF form. We now provide that functionality through JotForm Smart PDF Forms

JotForm Smart PDF Forms allows you to convert your PDF form to an online form, collect responses, and download them as a PDF that has the same format as your original PDF, with all the questions filled out. 

The setup is simple and straightforward:

1. Go to the My Forms page.

2. Click the Create Form button.

3. Click Import Form.

4. Select the Import PDF Form option. This will take you to the upload page.

Alternatively, you can also go this page and click the Convert PDF to Fillable Form button.

5. On the upload page, you can drag and drop your PDF or click the Upload PDF Form button to select your file. Upload the file to proceed.

You'll be redirected to the JotForm Smart PDF Forms page, where you'll see the imported PDF and the online form created from it. Keep in mind that the online form will not look the same as the imported file. Our system will try its best to fetch and clone the form fields in your existing PDF form.

From here, you're free to customize the look and feel of the online form, add/remove form fields, and more. Here's an example of a client intake form:

If you'd like to know more about how to connect form fields to the imported PDF, please visit the following guide: How-to-Connect-Your-Online-Form-Fields-with-PDF.

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  • kmickgeneralrv

    I uploaded an already existing PDF form, so that when users fill out my survey, it exports the results onto that PDF form.

    In my survey, I would like to add a field for the submitter to draw a picture if they so choose. Is there a way to automatically add a second page to the PDF with the resulting drawing on it, but only if they decide to utilize that field?

  • isaac.etungu

    I have the PDF form but when I try to upload, I get this error:

    "We're unable to read this PDF file. Please upload another PDF form."

    What format should I use!!

  • cldhwboa

    Can I change the font of the filled form?

  • UWVita

    If I have a form already created, and I want to have the answers fill a PDF that is also already created, can I link the two? Or do I have to build a new form from the PDF.

  • seandwo

    Uploaded file fine. I was able to edit that worked but when the form is submitted you can not see all of the text

  • JoyceStanley

    No, this did not work. When I went to import the file, it kept telling me it was not a fillable form and I made sure that I had a form that was fillable. I tried both methods that you advised and neither one worked. When we put this on our website, it kept giving the customer a receipt for $30 which was from last years form and not this years form which is $25. The information is correct on my form but problem is with the receipt when the customer goes to pay. It is not correct. Tried this numerous times and nothing works.

  • Skymac

    This didnt work. I uploaded a fillable pdf it still says import failed!

  • cpaucar

    Are there more details on what the file needs to be to be considered fillabled? I am trying to create it in Adobe Acrobat DC but no luck so far.....

  • jamesruder

    Doesn't work for me either.

  • mwforster

    This does not work, I have uploaded multiple editable pdf's files and keep getting an error.

  • sheikha1

    هل يدعم البرنامج الللغة العربيه ؟

  • CarrieAllen4u

    Hey! This totally doesn't work. I'd upload a screenshot to prove that this doesn't work... but no where to do that.

    So... I'm guessing, still no real way to upload a (fillable) PDF and be able to edit it?