Adobe Acrobat Filter: Acrobat help, hacking PDFs
April 4, 2014 8:01 AM Subscribe
I am regular user of Adobe Acrobat Pro (Version 9, currently), for document manipulation purposes. I am certainly not expert at it, but I'm not entirely stupid. I sometimes run into forms (the ones I work with are typically from various state and federal government agencies) where the helpful persons setting up those forms either accidentally or set up with programming/permissions that don't allow me be able to manipulate the forms. These are not high level sensitive documents, or anything, and all I am trying to do is to be able to add/edit/delete various form fields in order to fill out the forms properly.
Here is a link to the current form that has me stymied - it is the S-Corporation election form from the IRS (form 2553): http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f2553.pdf
posted by kjl291 to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In prior years I have had no problem do the simple form fields that I've needed to do, but with this latest version of the form it won't let me convert it, to say PDF/A, or use the form wizard. In some cases it tells me I can't do certain things because it is an XML form, in other case it is because of the security settings - it is set for no security, BUT the way the document is set up changes are not allowed.
There must be some way to allow me to save/export/whatever this document that will allow me to manipulate this PDF - what am I missing?
NOTE: In certain circumstances like this in the past I have exported the PDF as TIF format, then converted them back to PDF - this allowed me to do what I need to do. I resist this approach, however, because I find this tends to degrade the quality and appearance of the document.