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answersonapostcard Avatar
21 Nov 2018 8:37PM
Using Acrobat Pro to make a pdf document with fillable sections and alyhough it's been fairly straightforward to make, getting it to work across different devices is more difficult. For instance on some android phones the fill boxes such as names, addresses etc result in an odd pop up and I'm not able to directly type on the screen.
Also added atras where I could add photos and although this worked initially it's now not working, date and signature options don't work either (I have used the correct options in acrobat so I'm at a loss at the moment - can't find the answer on google)
Any ideas?
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Chris_L 9 5.5k United Kingdom
21 Nov 2018 10:18PM
I pity you having to use Acrobat, it must have been designed by a committee but it's often the only thing for many jobs and has some powerful features under the hood.

The PDF form doesn't work well on Android. There's third party apps now that may help, you could provide a link to one that you know works well with your form. Sorry best I can do.

answersonapostcard Avatar
21 Nov 2018 10:37PM
Ah well and there was me thinking Iíd won today, good job I didnít blow my ballon up all the way [insert sound of semi inflated ballon going down] Grin
Thanks for responding Chris, in the back of my mind I had suspected I wouldnít be able to get it 100% but I thought maybe being a numpty I might have missed a trick or four.
answersonapostcard Avatar
22 Nov 2018 12:22PM
Actually looks like adobe acrobat reader works well, on most devices.
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saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 89 Norway
22 Nov 2018 1:12PM

Quote:Actually looks like adobe acrobat reader works well, on most devices.

No idea about Android, K, but never had problems with it on my iPhone...
answersonapostcard Avatar
22 Nov 2018 6:12PM
Its Android thats causing the issues, I thought I had it this morning when everything worked - forgot about Android phones/tablets.
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Chris_L 9 5.5k United Kingdom
23 Nov 2018 11:01AM
That's why I linked to the apps. Us Android peasants have found it difficult to fill in PDF forms when we bring them up on our phones. Adobe and others made free apps that let us fill in the forms easily - see my earlier post.
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ChrisV 16 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2018 4:28PM
Adobe deliberately cripple Acrobat and limit what you can do with forms because they donít really want it using to create templates that can be used for design. They want you to buy design software!

I often design form fields within InDesign because if you do them in Acrobat and then need to alter anything itís back to square one.

Not that thatís a huge help to you, Iíve never thought about Android specifically and canít think of any feedback complaining about compatibility. But Adobe have just done another raft of CC updates (that strangely have installed alongside the Ď2018í versions) and as well as offering some useful features theyíve also ushered in some fresh foibles.

Iím still smarting six months after my last encounter with frustrate (I think they call it support), so Iím using workarounds until the dust settles and thereís some community feedback.


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