Our organization recently purchased Adobe Acrobat XI Pro in hopes of using it to create and convert many of our forms to electronic format. We recently tried opening a form to edit it and it says "This form cannot be edited in Acrobat. Please use Adobe LiveCycle Designer to edit this form". Did we purchase the wrong product for what we are trying to do? I'm in panic mode because we are very new to this type of editing and I hope we didn't purchase the wrong thing. Any suggestions?
What is the "format" of the form you are trying to edit? That is, what kind of file is it? A Word Doc, HTML, PDF, or something else?
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Perhaps you are really trying to edit an existing non-PDF form? If so, I think you will first have to import or convert the form to a PDF.
One form that we are trying to edit is actually a form we found through the internet that was created by someone else, but we like the format of it and want to use it as our own after editing it with our information.
It appears to be a .pdf. , but when we try to edit it says that we need a different program. Can this be done in Acrobat Pro XI?
Hi Friends, this may be coming late but check this out - a tutorial on Adobe's PDF Editor you might find helpful. Good luck!
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I just downloaded the form and took a look at it in Acrobat Pro XI and I think I found your problem. The creator of this form did not want it modified there for they set locked it. If you open the form and go to edit, preferences, security you will see a button that says more. If you click it and go to the adobe livecycle rights management you will see what I am talking about.
With all of that being said, I do have a work around for you. However their is a reason they locked it and so it is up to you if you want to do it. Basically you open the file and go to print. When your printer window shows up choose Adobe PDF as your printer. Hit print and then choose where you would like to save it. Once you have saved it open the saved document and do as you please with it.
Adobe separated the product for the latest version. Adobe LiveCycle Designer used to be included - now it's $299 to get it. The problem I have is that I need to modify my form - but I am told I must buy LiveCycle Designer to modify my form. Does anyone know if there is a way to save it in another format to easily modify existing documents? I tried with Word - but it does not save it accurately.
If you have a scanner that will save as pdf, scan and save as pdf. Then use that new pdf file to edit. Do not use OCR when you scan it.
Unfortunately, Acrobat allows doing full editing only for properly crafted pdf's. That means these files should be made in digital format and not to be a scan of a paper or something. In order to let it work, you need to convert them to a pdf of proper format before doing something. If they are of an image extension, you might well try doing so with this altoconvertjpgtopdf.com/ It will create a pdf with recognizable layers
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