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PDFill: PDF Form Filler

Adobe PDF form is an electronic-based form, resembling a traditional paper form that can collect data from a user and then send that data via email or the Web.  With PDFill, you can fill and save your editing into a new PDF, just like Adobe Reader. This figure shows the toolbar that is similar to Adobe Reader so that you will have no problem to use PDFill!

 

1. Comparison between PDFill PDF Editor and Adobe Reader

2. How to Fill out PDF form using PDFill

3. Edit Current Form Field or Entire Form Fields

4. Delete Current Form Field or Entire Form Field

5.
Exporting and importing form data

6. AutoFill List for PDF Form Fields

7.
Batch (DOS) Command Support

1. Comparison between PDFill PDF Editor and FREE Adobe Reader:

Features PDFill PDF Editor FREE Adobe Reader
View PDF Yes Yes
Fill Interactive Form Field Yes Yes
Print Form Field Yes Yes
Save PDF Form Yes Yes
Resume editing later Yes Yes
Email the edited PDF to some body else Yes Yes
Scan Image into PDF Yes No
Insert URL Yes No
Insert Whiteout to cover the original content Yes No
Edit the Font Style of a Form Field Yes No
Add Form Field if there is missing field Yes No
Move a Form Field Yes No
Delete Form Field Yes No
Flatten Form Fields Yes No
Adding Password to protect your filling Yes No
Set PDF Information or Initial View or Present Effect Yes No
Delete or Insert PDF Pages Yes No
PDF Ink (Pen, Marker and Highlighter) Yes No
Export or Import Form Data Yes No
Form Data AutoFill Yes No
Batch Commands Yes No

The appearance may be different from that of Adobe Reader. But the filled values will be filled into the original PDF file.  

Field Types of File attachment and Signature is not support this time. It will be supported in the future PDFill version.

2. How to fill out your form:

Select from Format toolbar. If it is not selected, clicking it more will select it. Now, you are in selection state and can not insert new objects.

Position the pointer inside a form field, and then click it. The I-beam pointer allows you to type text. If your pointer appears as a pointing finger, you can select a check box or a radio button. 

After entering text or making a selection, do one of the following to deselect the current field:
  • Click another form field
  • Click the area that has no field
  • Press Escape to accept the form field change

Use TAB to select next object or SHIFT+TAB to select previous object.

3. Edit Current Form Field or Entire Form Fields

From Edit Menu, select Make Original Form Field Editable, there are two options:

Make Current Original Form Field Editable Make current original text form field editable to have a new font name, size, style, and color. Press "F4" to see its properties. 
Make Entire Original Fields Editable Make entire original fields editable to have a new font name, size, style, and color.

4. Delete Current Form Field or Entire Form Fields

Delete Current Object Delete the current selected PDF Form object.

PDF form field from the original form can be deleted. There are other ways: Move the cursor to the shadow area and then click the right mouse button, select "Delete Current Object" from the pop up menu;  Press “Ctrl + D” to delete the current object.  Press key "Delete".
Delete all Original Form Fields Delete the Original interactive Form so that you can type onto the PDF page just as you use the typewriter.

5. Exporting and importing form data

It is FREE to Export the form data into a Text or Excel file.
You can ask your client to export the form data and email to you!

Export:
You can export the form data to a Tab-separated text file, Microsoft Excel File or FDF File. Exporting form data lets you save the existing data, which you can then send via email or the Internet. The exported file will be considerably smaller than the original PDF file.  

 

Inside the exported text file, there is a table. In each row, there are only two columns. The left column is the form field name while the right column is the corresponding value. The name and value is separated by TAB in TXT/XLS format or by comma in CSA format. Each row is separated by a new line. When outputting, the new line char in a multiple-line text form field will be replaced by two chars “\n”. The single char “\” will be replaced by “\\”. Here is the example:

 

(Form Field Name)      (Tab)      (Form Field Value)     (New Line Char)

First Name

Bill

Last Name

Gates

Address

Microsoft Corporation\n One Microsoft Way\n Redmond, WA 98052-6399

 

To export form data into a file:

  • Open the a PDF form by PDFill

  • Fill it out inside PDFill.

  • Choose File Menu > Import/Export Forms Data>Click Export into a Text File. 

  • Specify a location and filename, and then click Save.

  • ANSI Format supports only ASCII chars while Unicode Format supports International chars. There are 3 types to select: Microsoft Excel Workbook (xls), Tab delimited Text (txt).

 

Import: (Please try Export function to get a Text or Excel file to see the file format before you use Import function)
You can import form data from a text file. Each row in the text file must be Tab delimited to create columns, as defined in the previous table.  

Usually, you can export into Excel file by PDFill first, and then edit the pairs of name and value inside Excel, then, save as Text (Tab delimited) or Unicode Text.

You can collect FDF by the client user submit. Use PDFill PDF Form Maker to add a Submit button. See Form Data Submit in detail.

 

To import form data from a file:

  • Open the a PDF form by PDFill.

  • Choose File Menu > Import/Export Forms Data>Click Import from a Text File.

  • Select a tab-delimited text file, and click Select.  The new value will be listed in the table.

  • Click Update.

Note: If you import form data from a form that doesn't match the form you are importing into, only the form fields that match are updated, and those that don't match are ignored. Existing text in text form fields is replaced if you import data to those fields.

6. AutoFill List for PDF Form Fields

There are 2 ways to open this dialog:

  • From PDFill Options, Select PDF Form Tab. Click the Button "Edit the AutoFill List for PDF Form Fields".

  • Select a PDF Form Field to make it current, Click Edit Menu=>Add Current Form Field into AutoFill List or Click the icon "Add Current Form Field into AutoFill List" on the standard toolbar.

Use AutoFill After Reading PDF Form: When a PDF document with interactive PDF Form is first read into PDFill, some PDF form fields will be filled automatically IF their names is exactly listed under the AutoFill Table of Names and Values.

Show PDF Form Field's Name: As it is ON, Show each PDF Form Field name inside the field box.

Import from Current Filled PDF Form Fields: Please fill the form first, then all the PDF Form Field with non empty value will be copied into this dialog. Use Remove to remove the non-needed values.

Add or Edit: Add a new List or Edit a selected List of Name and Value.

Move Up/Down: Change the order of the selected list's position.

Remove: Remove the selected entry of name and value.

Remove All:  Remove all the entries of names and values.

Update Current Form: Some PDF form fields will be filled automatically IF their names is exactly listed under the AutoFill Table of Names and Values.

7. Batch (DOS) Command Support:
You can start a batch job in Windows by issuing the execution command directly from the MS-DOS command prompt window without opening the PDFill GUI.
(It is only available for the registered user of PDFill PDF Editor)

Import a tab-delimited text file into a PDF Form
 
   "C:\Program Files\PlotSoft\PDFill\PDFill.exe" IMPORT TXT Input.txt Input.pdf Output.pdf
    "C:\Program Files\PlotSoft\PDFill\PDFill.exe" IMPORT TXT Input.txt Input.pdf Flatten Output.pdf   (to Flatten the Output.pdf)

Import a Excel table with Column Name "B" into a PDF form
    "C:\Program Files\PlotSoft\PDFill\PDFill.exe" IMPORT XLS B Input.xls Input.pdf Output.pdf
    "C:\Program Files\PlotSoft\PDFill\PDFill.exe" IMPORT XLS B Input.xls Input.pdf Flatten Output.pdf    (to Flatten the Output.pdf)

Import FDF into a PDF form
 
   "C:\Program Files\PlotSoft\PDFill\PDFill.exe" IMPORT FDF Input.fdf Input.pdf Output.pdf
    "C:\Program Files\PlotSoft\PDFill\PDFill.exe" IMPORT FDF Input.fdf Input.pdf Flatten Output.pdf  (to Flatten the Output.pdf)

Export a PDF form into a Excel table with Column Name "B" or Append to to Excel table with Column Name "C"
    "C:\Program Files\PlotSoft\PDFill\PDFill.exe" EXPORT Input.pdf B Output.XLS
    
"C:\Program Files\PlotSoft\PDFill\PDFill.exe" EXPORT Input.pdf APPEND C Output.XLS
   //Append the field values to Column C

Export a PDF form into FDF, TXT, XLS or CSV 
  
  "C:\Program Files\PlotSoft\PDFill\PDFill.exe" EXPORT Input.pdf Output.FDF
    "C:\Program Files\PlotSoft\PDFill\PDFill.exe" EXPORT Input.pdf Output.TXT  (Tab-delimited Text File)
    "C:\Program Files\PlotSoft\PDFill\PDFill.exe" EXPORT Input.pdf Output.XLS 
    "C:\Program Files\PlotSoft\PDFill\PDFill.exe" EXPORT Input.pdf Output.CSV  (Comma-delimited Text File)

See more command from here.

 

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