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How to use and get the best out of JotForm Smart PDF Forms?

How to use and get the best out of JotForm Smart PDF Forms?

JotForm Smart PDF Forms allows you to convert your PDF form to an online form. You can not only collect responses with your online form, but the responses will also populate the original PDF while retaining its layout.

Online forms created with JotForm Smart PDF Forms will have all of the same features and functionality (responsiveness, customization, accessibility, etc.) as other forms created in JotForm.

Please note that JotForm Smart PDF Forms accepts documents that are up to 25 pages long. If your PDF exceeds that number of pages, you will get an error and won't be able to import the file. 

Let’s walk through the process.

Uploading your PDF

First, upload your PDF form.

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.

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.

Building Your Form

After the upload is complete, JotForm Smart PDF Forms will take you to the Build Step, where you'll see the online form (on the left) and the original PDF (on the right) side by side.

Here, you can make adjustments to both your online form and the PDF, such as connecting fields, adding missing and new fields, deleting fields, etc. 

Refer to our guide on Connecting Fields for further information: How to Connect Your Online Form Fields with PDFs?

Keep in mind that our online forms are not designed to look like printed forms. After the conversion, your online form might not look like your original uploaded PDF.

You can also use JotForm Smart PDF Forms to convert your PDF forms into standalone online forms by using the connection options. 

If you want to convert your existing online form into a fillable PDF, please visit the following guides for more details:



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  • carolmmroberts

    After uploading the online form does not show up next to the original pdf form. Why is this?

  • Rodriguez_Leo

    The PDF did not connect.. several non fill-able areas are missing

  • reallydolly

    Hi, I built a jotform (I did not convert it from a pdf) can I get some of that data to my existing pdf? Or is this only possible when creating a jotform from a pdf?

  • ameronuck

    I a looking for a way to convert a JotForm form into a PDF once it has been submitted by a client. How do I do that? Thank you!

  • martrinpetrillo

    I successfully Converted a PDF to an online form. How can I change the font type and size in the pdf fields?

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  • MVR2020

    My document is a simple Tavel and it won’t upload

  • ccolonrivera

    Loading the PDF takes forever and sometimes it doesn't even load at all causing us to be at a standstill for uploading our docs.