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Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by benefit commerce group » Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:36 pm

Hey all,

We've bumped into a pain point during our Acrobat to XChange migration.

A few users are sorely missing Acrobat's ability to detect possible Form Fields and create them automatically. Am I missing this feature somewhere or does it not exist? If not, is there another tool we need or is it on the roadmap at all?

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by Dimitar - Tracker Supp » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:21 am

Hello claude,

Thank you for bringing this information.



Hello benefit commerce group,

If you need further assistance please ask.

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by benefit commerce group » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:11 pm

Thanks for the thread link. It's been about a year now - any update on a timeline for this feature?

Not sure if you guys would prefer I ask here or revive the old thread.

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by Paul - Tracker Supp » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:35 pm

Hi

There is a ticket for this in the system however it's priority is not high and it has not yet been actioned.

I have raised the priority a little, this is not however a promise to deliver, but a commitment to looking into it.

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by Timur Born » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:26 pm

PowerPDF's solution really looks neat. I rarely need form fields, but if I did then this would be an incentive to get their product. Even more so because it might make me use form fields more often, because it's not such a manual and tedious process anymore. PP was also quite good as converting PDF to Word (if I remember correctly) when I tested several solutions. Currently both of these areas are weaknesses of Editor, with OCR being another contender, at least in comparison.

So any improvements to Editor that make placing forms fields easier surely is very welcome.

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by TrackerSupp-Daniel » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:01 pm

Thanks for the input Timur,
I do agree that those methods of creating form fields look very nice and quite easy to use, and as Paul mentioned we have a ticket in place for the matter. We are actively working on our conversions to Office formats, so over time they should improve.

Funny you should mention OCR though, As we have just released a new OCR function, in the same menu directly beside the current OCR button is a new one called Enhance Scanned PDF. This function has been added as of build 325 and in most cases works significantly better than our current OCR function does.

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by cindyb » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:42 pm

My boss just got a new computer, and I had already migrated the rest of my office to PDF XChange with the Tools bundle. I had read that forms creation was available, and mistakenly assumed that this included a field-detection component. She purchased either Plus or Pro this week, and she's just getting used to it, but is really unhappy that it doesn't automatically detect fields (it's something she used multiple times a week in Adobe Acro X). Does anyone know of a free/low cost solution? What do you all do as a workaround for this? I see that there isn't any specific answer as to when this will be an available feature in this software.

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:57 am

Hello Cindy,

Apologies but I still do not have an estimate as of when we might offer this automatic recognition feature, and I am also unable to recommend any alternatives!

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by Timur Born » Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:55 pm

cindyb wrote:Does anyone know of a free/low cost solution? What do you all do as a workaround for this? I see that there isn't any specific answer as to when this will be an available feature in this software.
I would say that PowerPDF is not too expensive if you only need a single standard license.

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:39 pm

Appreciate the input Timur,

Cheers,
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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by claude vidal » Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:47 pm

Not cool to mention the competition here, but if you quickly need a low cost tool to automatically recognize potential form fields, you won't find anything less expensive than PDFill.

The reason I venture mentioning this is that PDFXchange is way more evolved: no risk of switching. I know, I still have a licence for PDFill acquired before I found PDFXchange.

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by TrackerSupp-Daniel » Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:07 pm

Thanks again for the input everyone,
As we mentioned above, there is already a feature request in place for the matter, and the more users we hear want it, the more likely we are to implement it sooner.
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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by petepuma01 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:37 am

Let me add my voice for this feature-- the automatic creation/addition of form fields give Adobe a huge advantage. I hope others will add their vote for this feature so it gets a higher priority.

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:33 pm

Thanks for this petepuma01,

I will request that we raise the priority of the ticket!
For reference - the ticket number is #4257

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by MPFPR » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:57 am

Dear Tracker-Support-Team,

Thank You for the support and great tool.
Our company is interesed in the development and release of this feature as well. Just to help raising the prority. A reply is not required.

Kind regards

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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by TrackerSupp-Daniel » Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:07 pm

Your interest is duly noted! :)
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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by End User » Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:16 pm

I'm not sure if this is the most recent topic on this subject, so if there is a more recent topic, please provide a link.

Please add me to the list of users requesting this feature.

I thought maybe I just wasn't clever enough to find the feature in PDF-XChange Editor to automatically detect and add form fields, but when I wasn't able to find any helpful information in the help file, I started to think maybe it just wasn't an available feature.

Then I had an epiphany this morning "I bet the feature I'm looking for is part of that separate PDF-Tools bundle that I never learned to use and still can't figure out why it needs to be a separate program...". Unfortunately, while there seem to be four useful features related to form field within that PDF-Tools bundle, none of them were what I was looking for :(
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Re: Automatic Fillable Form Field Detection

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:37 pm

Hello End User,

Thanks for adding your vote for the feature!
It is indeed something we will be looking at for the future, but you are also correct that it is not yet available.

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Stefan

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