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Old March 24th 09, 09:19 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
Jodi[_2_]
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Default How do I make an existing document or pdf into a fillable one?

I along with countless others are unemployed--in my case--even with good
skills in my profession, I've been unemployed for 5 months. I am growing
weary of printing out applications from websites and hand writing them.
There must be a way to convert them to fillable forms. Does anybody else
have that experience? I have downloaded a couple of pdf converters but
neither shows a way to convert to a fillable form.
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Old March 24th 09, 09:36 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
garfield-n-odie [MVP]
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Default How do I make an existing document or pdf into a fillable one?

Adobe Acrobat (the full version, not just the free Adobe Reader)
includes a Form Tool that allows you to overlay fillable form
fields onto PDF files. Unfortunately, a full version of Acrobat
is fairly expensive. There are a number of Acrobat clones
available, but I don't know if any of them offer this particular
functionality of the real Acrobat.


Jodi wrote:

I along with countless others are unemployed--in my case--even with good
skills in my profession, I've been unemployed for 5 months. I am growing
weary of printing out applications from websites and hand writing them.
There must be a way to convert them to fillable forms. Does anybody else
have that experience? I have downloaded a couple of pdf converters but
neither shows a way to convert to a fillable form.


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Old March 24th 09, 09:47 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
Deb R
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I think you need adobe acrabat on your computer to be able to fill in the
forms. And then the creator of the form must set the security to allow them
to be filled in.
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Deb R


"Jodi" wrote:

I along with countless others are unemployed--in my case--even with good
skills in my profession, I've been unemployed for 5 months. I am growing
weary of printing out applications from websites and hand writing them.
There must be a way to convert them to fillable forms. Does anybody else
have that experience? I have downloaded a couple of pdf converters but
neither shows a way to convert to a fillable form.

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Old March 24th 09, 10:11 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
Suzanne S. Barnhill
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Default How do I make an existing document or pdf into a fillable one?

Even Acrobat Standard (which is what I have, and that's expensive enough)
doesn't permit creation of fillable forms; for that you have to have Acrobat
Professional.

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Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org

"garfield-n-odie [MVP]" wrote in
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Adobe Acrobat (the full version, not just the free Adobe Reader) includes
a Form Tool that allows you to overlay fillable form fields onto PDF
files. Unfortunately, a full version of Acrobat is fairly expensive.
There are a number of Acrobat clones available, but I don't know if any of
them offer this particular functionality of the real Acrobat.


Jodi wrote:

I along with countless others are unemployed--in my case--even with good
skills in my profession, I've been unemployed for 5 months. I am growing
weary of printing out applications from websites and hand writing them.
There must be a way to convert them to fillable forms. Does anybody else
have that experience? I have downloaded a couple of pdf converters but
neither shows a way to convert to a fillable form.




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Old March 24th 09, 10:22 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
JoAnn Paules
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Default How do I make an existing document or pdf into a fillable one?

You would spend so much time converting each one to a fillable form that
you'd have no time to search for a job.

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JoAnn Paules
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Tech Editor for "Microsoft Publisher 2007 For Dummies"



"Jodi" wrote in message
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I along with countless others are unemployed--in my case--even with good
skills in my profession, I've been unemployed for 5 months. I am growing
weary of printing out applications from websites and hand writing them.
There must be a way to convert them to fillable forms. Does anybody else
have that experience? I have downloaded a couple of pdf converters but
neither shows a way to convert to a fillable form.


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Old March 25th 09, 01:47 AM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
garfield-n-odie [MVP]
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Default How do I make an existing document or pdf into a fillable one?

I'm still using Acrobat 5.0, which only comes in one flavor, but
it works as described.

Suzanne S. Barnhill wrote:
Even Acrobat Standard (which is what I have, and that's expensive
enough) doesn't permit creation of fillable forms; for that you have to
have Acrobat Professional.


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Old March 25th 09, 03:12 AM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
Suzanne S. Barnhill
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Default How do I make an existing document or pdf into a fillable one?

I guess they split it with 6.0, which is what I have.

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Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org

"garfield-n-odie [MVP]" wrote in
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I'm still using Acrobat 5.0, which only comes in one flavor, but it works
as described.

Suzanne S. Barnhill wrote:
Even Acrobat Standard (which is what I have, and that's expensive enough)
doesn't permit creation of fillable forms; for that you have to have
Acrobat Professional.




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Old March 25th 09, 06:23 AM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
Graham Mayor
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Default How do I make an existing document or pdf into a fillable one?

If the instructions that accompany the forms suggest they should be hand
written, the reason is frequently to do with the handwriting analysis some
employers use as a first stage filter. Filling in such forms by PC will
ensure they go straight to the shredder.

The best form filling tool I have come across is the form filler that came
with the corporate version of Abbyy Finereader 6 (I believe it was split off
later as a separate application and I cannot comment on the later versions).
You will need a scanner as (unlike the OCR software it accompanies) the form
filler is not compatible with PDF format.

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Graham Mayor - Word MVP

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Jodi wrote:
I along with countless others are unemployed--in my case--even with
good skills in my profession, I've been unemployed for 5 months. I
am growing weary of printing out applications from websites and hand
writing them. There must be a way to convert them to fillable forms.
Does anybody else have that experience? I have downloaded a couple
of pdf converters but neither shows a way to convert to a fillable
form.



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