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Save completed Acrobat Reader fill-in forms
Authored by: macEroni on Apr 18, '06 02:31:34PM


I too was frustrated when filling-in PDF forms from my taxing authorities. It makes no sense to me that you should be restricted to only printing these forms - I'd like to keep electronic versions for my records. It does make some sense that they shouldn't be edited once complete.

Preview in 10.4 now let's you fill in these forms (and save them as PDF files) but it has some bugs. I got some incorrect fonts and auto-fill fields didn't work for me. So I had to use Acrobat Reader 7, hoping that there were no power glitches while I had the partially filled-in forms open.

So, while doing my taxes, I ended up with seven different forms open in Acrobat Reader over a period of several days as I worked on them.

When they were finally all complete and safely printed, I tried some experiments and discovered that I could save them as PDF files in this way:

From Acrobat Reader (7), you can print a document and choose to save the document and then save it as a postscript document. Once saved, the document then opens just fine in Preview. Preview will automatically convert the document to pdf, and then you can save it as pdf if you wish, although the PS versions seem to be just fine, too.

What you end up with are PDF files in which you can select and copy the text, but can no longer edit it. This is just fine for me. Electronic paper is what I want.

....Dave (er... macEroni)

Real nice guy.

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