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How to Create a Fillable PDF Form from Existing Flat PDF and Save Data Successfully on Mac?

How to Create a Fillable PDF Form from Existing Flat PDFPDF files are used to share important documents, and most of them are read-only documents. However, there are occasions we need to collect or submit information and data in the term of PDF for personal or other reasons, that’s why we want to make some of our PDFs into fillable.

Fillable PDF Form VS Flat PDF Form

A fillable PDF Form, also called as interactive PDF, is a collect of PDF form fields for collecting information from form users, it contains form fields, comments, or other interactive elements that you can select or fill in. When you open it in a PDF reader, there would be a cursor pointer flashing in the form fields after you click the field, you can directly fill in.

what is fillable pdf

A flat PDF Form, also called as non-interactive PDF, has no form fields, comments or any other interactive elements to select or fill in. When you open it in a PDF reader, there would be no cursor pointer flashing, you cannot fill the form.

But very often, we need to take a flat PDF or a Word doc as the template for a fillable PDF form.

Why People are Getting Upset When Using the Adobe "Fill&Sign" Tool to Create a Fillable PDF Form?

Adobe, creator of PDF format can always equip its users the most powerful solution to manage and edit PDFs, though not every time.If you are using an Adobe Acrobat Pro or later version, you must quite familiar with the steps to create fillable PDF form with Adobe:

In Adobe Acrobat DC:

  1. Open PDF in Adobe DC;
  2. Choose “Tool”, go to “Tool&Sign”;
  3. Use the field toolbar to make appropriate changes.

In Adobe Acrobat Pro X:

  1. Open PDF in Adode Pro X;
  2. Go to Tools>Forms>Edit;
  3. Adobe will detect the form fields for you, you can also add new fields in the “Tasks” to make a customized fillable PDF.

However, sometimes, it is just too annoying to use Adobe for a fillable PDF form. 

problems when using adobe to create fillable pdf forms

These are frequently asked questions from Adobe community. As we can see Adobe users get similar problems when creating a fillable PDF form, it can be either conversion error or failure to save data in the form. Generally speaking, users get stuck with these problems are suggested to reinstall but get nothing improved. It seems unsolvable at this moment.

Then, How to Create a Fillable PDF Form without Adobe Acrobat (Problem)?

If Adobe doesn’t work in your case, where’s the way out? Here is my recommendation.
Cisdem PDFManagerUltimate, the software furnitures a full set of tools you need to edit PDF files on Mac easily and efficientlu. You can add form fields, comments, notes, or shapes (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Circle,) to the PDF, highlight, cross-out, underline text, and draw an arrow or a line. What’s more you can use it to read, electronically sign, merge PDF, split, compress, encrypt, and convert PDF files to editable format with advanced OCR technology.

Steps of Creating Fillable PDF Form from Flat Ones.
Step 1. Download PDFManagerUltimate, install and launch on your mac.

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Step 2. Drag and Drop a PDF or multiple PDFs into PDFManagerUltimate. Select the PDF that you want to create a fillable form and choose "Edit".

using cisdem to create fillable pdf form

Step 3. Once you enter to the Edit interface, choose edit mode as following and a tool bar will appear on the right side, click the text box icon to add text fields. You can adjust the field size by dragging it.

using cisdem to create fillable pdf form

Step 4. Go to File>Save As>Choose the Output Folder
Open the newly created fillable PDF form with Preview, and you will all the input information are saved well and the PDF form is still fillable for further use.

open the fillable pdf form with preview

Still, You are Given More(Manage/Annotate/Electronically Sign……)

Putting its function to merge, split, protect, compress a PDF, and (OCR) convert PDF to editable formats like Word aside,  as we mentioned above, PDFManagerUltimate is also capable to annotate a PDF, highlight a PDF, underline or strikethrough, even draw a red circle or arrows to make your PDF a super interactive PDF.

other function of cisdem pdfmanager ultimate

Still surprising, same like the "Fill and Sign" tool of Adobe, you can also electronically sign on a PDF, no matter it is fillable or flat or scanned PDF.

signature with cisdem pdf manager ultimate

What's Your Next Move?

Fillable PDF is a good channel to interact with all PDF users, also collect information for our further use. You cannot get a desired fillable PDF without a professional tool, here I recommend the Cisdem PDFManagerUltimate, 100% Easy and Successful, you don’t have to spend too much time and effort on this anymore!

Download the Free Trial to Verify Its Value Now!

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2016-08-14 21:49:41 / Posted by to PDF Editor Mac Follow @ Rosa

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1 Responses

  • frank

    thanks for sharing the tips, i am not good at creating interactive PDF forms.

    7 months ago REPLY

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