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Topic: filling out forms (Via Email)
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 93841
From: tashco
Date: 8/7/2003 12:55 AM

I have occasion to fill out forms downloaded from HUD which are identified as
"fillable" PDF's. By this, I assume it means the PDF's are downloaded and can
be used as the background to input data either by hand or digitally.

What I want to do is import the form, open the PDF, fill it out and store it
or print out the completed form.

I have read and read Adobe and JAWS adverts and tech data on "editing" forms
through their various programs and have been astonished that this very plain
operation is not clearly addressed anywhere. Everthing seems to be directed
toward underlining, highlighting, re-ordering pages, bookmarking, posting
sticky type notes (all for "review" functions on a network) , or for creating
browser-based forms which are merged with databases of repetitive name/address
files and signed with digital signatures. Nowhere is the idea of simply
entering text on the form or checking a box (as you might with a typewriter)
addressed in plain English anywhere.

So I got Omnipage12 and tried Oscanning/CR conversion to wordprocessing as
well as outright importing PDF files for processing. Very clumsey and very
ineffective. Waaay too much editing--not of words, but the checkboxes and
lines to fill in (which constantly get excluded in the processed file).

I went both to the website and to Office Depot to read the box on Standard
Adobe 6. Amazing. No mention of this simple operation I want to do, but a lot
on "editing" which seems to take in merging it, reviewing it, annotating it
for someone else to comment on--but not filling in the form proper.

So next I read about Adobe Approval. But their tech description lays stress on
laid on e-forms (as if they were a special animal--and maybe they are) with
little or no mention of what precisely the program does or how to use it.
Indeed, for the lay-user, that is the problem with almost every software
description: no clear or concise statement of how one goes about using it.

So for all you Adobe experts: what product does this simple operation I
require? Is a "fillable" form something Adobe Approval will handle and allow
me fillout,store (archive--put in a filedrawer--electronic or paper) and also
print out as a completed form?

If you want an example of the kind of form I mean: go to http://www.hudclips.
org/sub_nonhud/html/forms.htm and download form number 92437 Request for
Construction Changes to Project Mortgages.

Thanks to you all. I expect I will be back with more questions!


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