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How can I make a document I can tab through?

I have a lease with blank spots to be filled in with new tenant's information. Previously we have had this document as a PDF, and entered the new information by clicking on the blank spots and typing. This is tedious. How can I make a version of this document that has fields that we can tab through? [more inside]
posted by Melsky on Apr 20, 2016 - 9 answers

WordPress Plugin for Collecting Information and Payment?

WordPress peoples: Can you recommend a plugin that will allow users to fill out a form with contact information and item choices, and make a credit card payment online - all as part of one transaction? [more inside]
posted by jammy on Apr 13, 2016 - 7 answers

In Search of the Perfect Couch Potato Throw Pillow

When I was 8 years old, we had a TV couch pillow that was oversized, plump, plush, and neither too hard nor too soft. It was a world of comfort, and I've been searching for decades for a similar throw pillow....but the trend is for rigid, tight, earache-inducing knife-edged good-looking pillows that are anything but cuddlesome (if that's a word). Can anyone who understands my sentiment recommend a killer-perfect 18x18 pillow form or pillow? I'm down/feather allergic, but would consider adding a hypoallergenic barrier/cover layer.... [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jan 12, 2016 - 9 answers

Tools for input and reporting? Especially for lesson observation?

At work, we're creating a digital classroom observation tool. There will be short-answer questions resulting in a report. Google Forms and Survey Monkey aren't getting us there. Do you know other general purpose platforms or specific lesson observation tools I should consider? I'm interested in complete tools, or neat features to include if we end up custom-developing our own. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Aug 18, 2015 - 2 answers

Please fill out this form...

I am in need of a good, versatile, form-making plugin for a Wordpress website I help to manage. I am having difficulty, among the plethora of possibilities, zeroing in on the one that will serve all our needs. [more inside]
posted by jammy on Aug 7, 2015 - 5 answers

The easiest, cheapest way to send an email that can be "signed"?

I am needing a way to send an email template that will have a few paragraphs of text and a couple of fields, that the recipient to "sign" that they read it (by filling in NAME and DATE OF BIRTH fields, [and maybe another field or two]) and then hit "reply", allowing us to see that they did indeed type into those fields and what they typed. What is the quickest, easiest, free-est (or cheapest) way to do this? We would be sending this out of a Gmail account, if that matters. This need not be automated in any way as we expect to do this in volumes that can be handled manually.
posted by sourwookie on Jun 16, 2015 - 13 answers

Web Order form for website?

Being someone who knows a little bit about computers, a friend has asked if I could make a web order form for their business. Is there a free or commercial way to do this? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sock, the puppet on Mar 24, 2015 - 9 answers

Why is InfoPath Designer barfing?

I made a form in InfoPath 2013 that submits to a Sharepoint library. I can open and submit it both via SharePoint and via InfoPath Filler. However, when I try to open the template file in InfoPath Designer it barfs with "InfoPath cannot load the view. The view may have been modified to contain unsupported HTML such as frames." Halp. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Feb 13, 2015 - 1 answer

Can you translate this running-speak for me?

A colleague who is a very serious runner and would like to get into training people as a side gig has offered free coaching to me and a couple of others from work, in order to build up some experience, which is awesome. We've done a few runs so far, and I'm enjoying it. But there's a couple of tips he's given me on improving my form which I don't understand, and I'm hoping you can help me interpret them. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Sep 11, 2014 - 17 answers

How do I play Mad Libs with an Excel spreadsheet and Word doc?

I have a spreadsheet that contains information I want to use to fill out a form, Mad Libs style. Essentially, I'd take each row of the spreadsheet and use the cells to populate a text document. It's not actually in Excel/Word - it's in Libreoffice, if that changes anything. I also need room for conditional if-then statements, because some text may require additional accompanying notes. I tried generating a pdf in Nandeck (card game generation software) but that doesn't work well for formatting text relative to other text, so I'm looking for a better solution.
posted by LSK on Sep 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Readings on Form and Content

I am writing a piece about the melding of form and content within a certain musician's body of work. (I'd rather not give this artist's name.) I am looking for texts which deal with concepts of form and content in any genre. Denise Levertov's "Some Notes on Organic Form" is likely going to be my main reference, but I haven't been able to think of many other resources despite attempting to search the library databases on this. Can anyone think of other texts to check out?
posted by mermaidcafe on Jun 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Real-world analogy for poetic structure?

This is kind of silly, and maybe I can't figure it out because there's no great answer, but if anyone can come up with a creative solution to this, it's Ask Metafilter! I need some kind of workable real-world analogy for a poem's structure--something where choosing a particular form affects your end result. Or something where you have to choose each element carefully in order to get the result you want. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Apr 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Adobe Acrobat Filter: Acrobat help, hacking PDFs

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 [more inside]
posted by kjl291 on Apr 4, 2014 - 12 answers

PDF form checkboxes go blank when emailed. Why?

Updated a PDF form for a client. Now, checkboxes go blank when the form is emailed or saved. Why? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Dec 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Form with Numbers and Text

I want to create a form with Open Office that lets me enter numbers in the right column of a page that corresponds to the text in the left. I want to be able to past the entire text document into the right column and have the left column remain blank for my entries. A spreadsheet won't work because the text won't word wrap. I've also tried a table and inserting a column into a text document. I've also tried to write in the margin, but I'll be moving a lot of documents, so I don't want to do a lot of specific typing, which would likely be spread across thousands of pages of documents. I'd like to automate and past as much of this as possible. Think of how books of poetry or philosophy number each line of corresponding text, making it easy to find a specific verse. That's the form I want to create. Or if it has already been created and exists somewhere, I'd gladly download it. Help.
posted by CollectiveMind on Aug 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Sticker residue on my French Dressmaker's form...

We received this dressmaker's dummy from our client with old sticker residue on her. Too many items to shoot to just Photoshop the spot out, so I'm desperate for a permanent solution- The obvious point here is I can't throw her into the washing machine as she's wooden directly under the fabric that needs cleaning. Already tried a small bit of Goo Gone, with a clean white cloth, but I think it may just be moving the gunk around and not removing the residue as I'd hoped. I read about lighter fluid (butane), WD-40 and some others, but am obviously hesitant to do anything that may permanently discolor this spot even more. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
posted by thelensman on Jun 1, 2013 - 16 answers

How do you go about automating/simulating (I think) an HTTP request?

I want to write a script to automate doing a search, retrieving, and parsing the search results from a website (a booking site similar to the search on www.hilton.com ). [more inside]
posted by hot soup on Mar 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Adobe LiveCycle fields insist on printing.

I'm attempting to create a form using Adobe LiveCycle for the first time. I've made a good dent in what I'm trying to do, and everything's finally working as it should, except that one particular field insists on printing even though the "presence" is absolutely, positively marked "Visible (screen only)". [more inside]
posted by couchtater on Jan 14, 2013 - 2 answers

What' the difference?

From a famous poem by Elizabeth Bishop.;....Even losing you,(the joking voice, a gesture I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident the art of losing 's not too hard to master though it may look like(Write it!) like disaster. The question is, what's the difference between " I shall never lie." and"I shan't have lied."??
posted by mizukko on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Throwing money into the hole?

Where can I go to get a squat/deadlift form tune-up in NYC? [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire on Nov 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Please hope me! Can I save this PDF form!

I filled out a PDF form last night in Google Chrome and saved the PDF. Then I emailed it to someone important. This morning they told me they had received a blank form (!). I opened the attachment and yes, it's blank. *@#$&@! [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Sep 13, 2012 - 22 answers

Bedbug, bedbug, whatcha gonna do?

NYC filter: How does the bedbug disclosure law end up playing out when one is looking for a new apartment? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence on Jul 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find simplified/well-designed versions of useful/common forms.

Help me find simplified/well-designed versions of useful/common forms. [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe on Jul 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes

Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Helvetica for Everyone! PDFS 4-EVA!

Let's say I'm an in-house graphic designer working on a sale sign template for a company with several locations. I've got Helvetica. The various locations don't. I'd like to make a fancy template in InDesign, and then create a PDF form where employees can alter small portions of the text and then print the completed sale sign at their location, still using the Helvetica. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on May 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Sign up to bring cookies on Wordpress?

I'd like to create a sign-up form on my Wordpress site where when someone signs up for a task then that task disappears from the list of options. Possible? [more inside]
posted by al_fresco on May 23, 2012 - 1 answer

I hear 'em whispering when I walk by

What's the right way to walk in Vibram Five Fingers? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle on Mar 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Can I use solder to make a wire dress form?

Making a wire dress form: Can I use solder? [more inside]
posted by penguinkeys on Jan 2, 2012 - 10 answers

OCR solutions?

Looking for hardware/software that will scan a physical form with handwritten fields and generated accurate delimited text with it. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Automate this form!

Endless paperwork! How do I automate filling out a .doc form? Challenge: cannot involve downloading/installing any new software [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Oct 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Where do I send this form?

What is the mailing address for VA burial benefits forms? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Jul 19, 2011 - 5 answers

We're all the same underneath anyway...

Why, when collecting anonymous monitoring data, do institutions ask for ethnicity, and not other cultural and social indicators? [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on Jun 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me figure out a contact/subscribe form.

How can I add a "join mailing list" form to my iweb site? I think I've tried everything. [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger on May 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Is there a PDF form element that allows you to browse and insert a picture into a predefined area?

Is there a PDF form element that allows you to browse and insert a picture into a predefined area? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion on May 18, 2011 - 4 answers


What do you do with your hands when you run? And does that change depending on how far and over what terrain you are running?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on May 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Customizing Wordpress's Media Library -- should I use a hook?

Question about Wordpress plugins and hooks. [more inside]
posted by Victorvacendak on Apr 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Fillin' out forms... fillin' out forms...

So for work I have to login to a DoD website and fill out this form, and to complete my task I'm going to have to fill out this form several thousand times. But, here's the deal - the data I am entering in all of the fields are indentical for each form except for one field. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on Apr 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Data collection

Options for electronic data collection with a few complexities? [more inside]
posted by yarrow on Mar 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Best front ends for SQL databases?

What are the current best options for providing a front end for users to search and enter data to a SQL database? [more inside]
posted by tabulem on Oct 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me with Adobe/iPad issue!

Is there an adobe app available that will allow for data input on a pdf form on an iPad? [more inside]
posted by nataliecay on Sep 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Help a clueless couple compile a mega list of kitchen essentials!

What do we absolutely need? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Aug 9, 2010 - 21 answers

How can I use jQuery show and hide DIVs based on checkboxes in a submitted form?

How can I use jQuery to show and hide DIVs based on checkboxes in a submitted form from a different page? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Jul 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me not to offend people

Help me not to offend everyone in the whole world! [more inside]
posted by cromagnon on Mar 31, 2010 - 14 answers

What software will help me make a client intake form?

I need free software (or something) that will help me create a printed client intake questionnaire. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Mar 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Hack my Minnesota PDF tax form?

2009 online PDF tax forms for the State of Minnesota only let you print, not save, once you have filled them in. Is there a work around so I can retain an electronic record of my taxes? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Feb 26, 2010 - 14 answers

Access 2007 help needed

I need to create a form in Access 2007 that can look up a record by customer ID number for data entry. This is an often repeated task so I need the form to stay open. [more inside]
posted by jestonb on Feb 9, 2010 - 2 answers

PHP Mailer failure

Ok so I built a PHP order form that serves a dual purpose, it can be submitted electronically and then printed out and mailed it with the actual payment. Problem is the item name isnt showing up, even though everything else is. Look here for code,http://www.scribd.com/doc/25537386 Any ideas would help, I'm stuck..
posted by tropikal on Jan 21, 2010 - 7 answers

In search of...personalized free online form

Is there a free solution to using a personalized online form to collect data? [more inside]
posted by mjklin on Jan 8, 2010 - 3 answers

Linus said git was a file system!

Anybody have opinions on abstraction vs. commuting patchs (git, mercurial, darcs) for handling short form letters in latex? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Dec 11, 2009 - 6 answers

MSAccessFilter: How do I create a printable report in MS access, with a click-through interface to choose my data?

MSAccessFilter: How do I create a printable report in MS access, with a click-through interface to choose my data? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Dec 3, 2009 - 4 answers

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