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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

Why does Windows 8.1 ask for an app every time I try to open a PDF?

This is new behavior (maybe after I installed the Windows 8.1 upgrade) - when I double-click a PDF, instead of just opening the file in Acrobat (full app is installed on my computer), the 'how do you want to open this file' dialog appears, and 'Keep using Adobe Acrobat' is the first choice, followed by two instances an icon with the full path to the Acrobat executable. I have Adobe Acrobat as the default program. I'm guessing this is a Windows issue, rather than Adobe - how do I get my PDFs to just open already?
posted by DandyRandy on Apr 3, 2014 - 2 answers

acrobat pro/pdf: multiple selections in dropdown list

Acrobat help? Would like to create a dropdown list where you can choose multiple selections and then have the non-selected options disappear. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Aug 9, 2013 - 4 answers

How to assemble 500 image slices into a printable PDF

I have about 500 PNGs. Each is 8" wide and anywhere from 1" to 5" high. I need to assemble them into a PDF, as many images as possible that will fit per page without cutting off. [more inside]
posted by Wossname on Jan 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Adobe Acrobat replacement for Mac OS X

Seeking Adobe Acrobat replacement for Mac OS X. I have Acrobat 8 Standard for Windows, which has served me well. But Adobe only offers their "Pro" version for Mac, which costs way more than I want to spend ($450), and it's also more than I need. So I'm looking for an alternative; free is great, but willing to pay for a solid software package. Intuitive and easy-to-use is a big plus. List of features I tend to rely on most in the "More Inside" section. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 14, 2013 - 12 answers

How to create easy editable signs?

How can I create large signs with fillable text fields that auto-scale? [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett on Jun 19, 2012 - 3 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

PDF text recognition

What is the quickest way to digitally black out the social security numbers in 100s of PDFs? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Apr 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Can a sortable spreadsheet exist in a PDF?

I have a PDF document and a spreadsheet in XLS format. We want to be able to put the spreadsheet into the PDF and allow users to click on the sheet's column headings to sort the data alphabetically depending on need. Is this possible? If so, what is the best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Feb 17, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I compress my portfolio into something that won't load like a bad animated GIF?

Can somebody please explain to me image compression, specifically with regard to creating smallish PDFs from Indesign files that contain large linked vector graphics? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Nov 20, 2011 - 14 answers

PDF me ASAP

Is there a way to send a message through Adobe Acrobat? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Oct 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Why Isn't This Easier?

Can anyone recommend a plug-in that allows adobe acrobat to sort pages by page number? I inserted page numbers into a document; extracted certain pages into separate files, and then combined them again; the page numbers were off as a result (and there are some dupes). I'd like to make them resort by page number. Any ideas?
posted by miss tea on Sep 23, 2011 - 4 answers

$xx to Create a PDF??

How's your little US nonprofit avoiding Adobe Acrobat and printing PDFs for free? [more inside]
posted by FLAG (BASTARD WATER.) (Acorus Adulterinus.) on Aug 10, 2011 - 33 answers

Acrobat Plugin to open the Next/Previous File in a Folder?

Acrobat Plugin to open the Next/Previous File in a Folder? [more inside]
posted by millerizer on May 24, 2011 - 0 answers

Scripting PDF printing in Windows XP?

How do I script PDF "printing" in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Apr 28, 2011 - 6 answers

One CFR Title in one PDF document?

Where can I find entire chapters of the CFR available in one PDF file? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on Apr 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Help resizing a pdf

Advice on resizing a pdf. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Jan 7, 2011 - 10 answers

How do I achieve crisp text in a Photoshop PDF?

How do I achieve crisp text in a Photoshop PDF, and how can I ensure that Photoshop-created type will come out OK when commercially printed? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Jun 21, 2010 - 28 answers

Why won't Acrobat/Distiller save my file?

Adobe Acrobat/Distiller query: I choose Adobe PDF 9.0 from the print dialog of Word 2008 on my Mac, and choose PDF/X-1a:2001 from the PDF Options. I click Print, am asked for a filename/location, the printing queue window opens, but NO FILE IS SAVED! What am I doing wrong? If I try and open the Word doc from within Acrobat, to output it there, it tells me it can't be outputted as a PDF/X-1a file.
posted by humblepigeon on May 31, 2010 - 12 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

How do I remove the password protection on a pdf document?

How do I remove the password protection on a pdf document? [more inside]
posted by sour cream on Jan 20, 2010 - 13 answers

Numerous .txt to PDF (best options)

What's the best way to make a PDF of a bunch of plain text files? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Dec 6, 2009 - 11 answers

Free/Open Source Scan-to-PDF Software?

What's the best free or open source software (for Windows XP) which will scan multiple pages in a row and output a PDF with zero fuss? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Nov 3, 2009 - 3 answers

2 Sided PDF Conversion

Is there a way to take a brochure made in Microsoft Publisher 2007 and convert it to a 2 sided PDF that can be printed out and folded as a brochure? [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on Sep 17, 2009 - 10 answers

How to quickly crop to trim in Acrobat?

How can I efficiently crop pages to the trim area in Adobe Acrobat 9? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Sep 14, 2009 - 2 answers

Tagging in Acrobat Pro 8

I would like to be able to search comments in numerous pdf files at once using Adobe Acrobat Pro 8. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by nosila on Sep 12, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me pdf in PC!! Please…?

Acrobat+video filter: Anybody out there ever built a rich-media pdf on a Mac that PC users could view WITHOUT QuickTime? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Apr 1, 2009 - 10 answers

Have I suffered a PDF exploit?

I tried to visit the web site of a local business, and a PDF was automatically and unexpectedly downloaded. What was it trying to do, and how can I know whether I avoided the exploit? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Mar 24, 2009 - 14 answers

Batch processing multiple-page PDFs

I need to batch process a 54-page PDF through Bridge (or Photoshop) and it doesn't seem to be saving properly. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Mar 18, 2009 - 2 answers

How can I increase contrast on a multi-page PDF?

How can I quickly and easily increase the contrast on every page of a PDF? [more inside]
posted by Outis on Feb 22, 2009 - 6 answers

How to scrub a .pdf?

Acrobat Pro filter: How can I remove unwanted highlighter from a color scanned pdf? [more inside]
posted by umbú on Jan 20, 2009 - 9 answers

Easy way to add Print Setup button to Acrobat 8.0's toolbar?

Is there an easy way to add a Print Setup button to Acrobat 8.0's toolbar that is accessible inside a browser window? Full story inside. [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs on Dec 16, 2008 - 1 answer

Virtual scissors and tape: Page assembly?

I want software to split, combine, tile, and imposition pages (produced by different apps) before sending the job to the printer. Can I do this without spending megabucks on Acrobat or learning to read and write PostScript by hand? [more inside]
posted by Myself on Oct 26, 2008 - 6 answers

Why won't a PDF's form fields print?

I have a PDF form that I modified from an existing PDF form, adding a new page and a few new fields. The new fields I added are visible on the screen but not visible when I print the form. Other parts of the form work fine, it is only 4 text fields I added. Other checkboxes work and show up fine. I am fairly inexperienced with editing PDFs and using LiveCycle Designer (I have version 7) and can't figure out what the heck I'm missing and I can't extract anything from the help guide.
posted by Ikazuchi on Oct 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Pushing the limits of PDFs. First, what are they?

When it comes to document interactivity, what are PDF files really capable of? Which features are best for creating dynamic displays of information? What are some of the best examples you've seen of interactive PDFs? [more inside]
posted by ElfWord on Sep 27, 2008 - 10 answers

Another Vista workaround, please. How to create PDFs.

How can I view AND create PDFs without Acrobat? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Aug 28, 2008 - 23 answers

PDF = Pretty Damn Funky

How can I convert a Word document to a pdf while keeping the margins the same width? We are working on a 5 MB Word document, created with Word 2003 on a PC running Windows XP. The margins must be 1 inch wide. When we convert it to pdf, the right hand margin becomes 1.25 inches wide, and random phrases become boldface. We've tried Acrobat 8 and a freeware converter (dopdf).
posted by lukemeister on Aug 28, 2008 - 16 answers

Fonts-be-gone (from my PDF)!

Why are there 20 Mb of embedded fonts in my PDF and how can I make them go away? [more inside]
posted by heresiarch on Aug 28, 2008 - 6 answers

Make links in pdf files open in Firefox?

Why do links in pdf documents open in Explorer instead of Firefox? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot on Jun 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Can't I tab through radio buttons?

Building a PDF form. Radio buttons getting skipped when tabbing through fields. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Feb 6, 2008 - 4 answers

How can I see pages side-by-side in Acrobat 8?

How can I open multiple pages at once in Acrobat, so I can see them side-by-side? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Jan 14, 2008 - 3 answers

PDF batch editing

PDF editing - batch processing on a large number of pages? [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Oct 24, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I make Acrobat show nonprinting characters?

Adobe Acrobat question: Is it possible to show nonprinting (invisible, hidden) characters? How? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 17, 2007 - 3 answers

Remove Japanese from dual-language PDF?

How to strip Kanji characters from .pdf? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jul 5, 2007 - 5 answers

How do I get a section of the CFR into one, convenient PDF?

I'm trying to get a section of the US Code of Federal Regulations into one PDF file, but joining the different files in Acrobat gives me a ton of duplicate pages. Is there an easy way to remove duplicate pages? A better formatted version of the CFR? I have access to both Mac and PC.
posted by hue on May 16, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I highlight graphics in Adobe Acrobat?

How do I highlight graphics in Adobe Acrobat? [more inside]
posted by concrete on May 3, 2007 - 5 answers

PDF filter

How do I take 5 pdf files and combine them into one file without Acrobat? [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Apr 29, 2007 - 7 answers

Read-Once pdfs

Is it possible to create a pdf file that can only be opened once? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Apr 25, 2007 - 3 answers

Adobe Reader 8 ruined Save as PDF in OS X

I installed Acrobat Reader 8. OS X no longer prints to PDF. How do I fix that? [more inside]
posted by airguitar on Jan 18, 2007 - 5 answers

Type on top of a PDF with Typewriter Tool

Acrobat Pro Typewriter Tool question - it's greyed out! [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Nov 17, 2006 - 6 answers

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