PDF Forms Not Printing Entirely

Hello All,

This is my first question here at Experts Exchange and I sure hope that someone is able to help. I have searched high and low here on EE but was unable to find a similar problem.

I have created yearly PDF appraisal forms for our employees and directors to complete and print out to have employees sign off on them. I had to create these forms in a very backwards way, by starting with provided Word Documents ( I know...) and then in turn convert them to PDF's ( I know...) and then take that PDF and create forms out of them using an outdated product Adobe LiveCycle.

The issue everyone is having is the form fields are only so big. When a user enters more information into a form field than can be displayed a scroll bar appears so the user can scroll to view the entire contents of the field. The big problem is when these managers and employees try to print out the PDF's to have their employees sign off on them, the entire contents of the form fields fail to print off leaving their responses cut off.

I have a feeling this is something that cannot be avoided, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything that one of you could shed some light on. Thanks for any and all help!
CLC_ITAsked:
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captainConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Well, that is understandable.

I wonder if it is possible to use an amended for as a master form for import using the new text field options, then run a batch sequence on the existing forms with a 'Detect form fields' option and specify output options as XML. Then you could import the XML data into the new form that you have created.

I am not sure if this is ethically possible considering this is staff review data and you could be questioned on possible data manipulation/protection issues, but it may be the only viable workaround.

I don't think there are print settings that will change the output.

If you do this next year, you may want to consider just using the form editor in Acrobat rather than the heavy LC Designer. It is quite powerful and is usually sufficient for most simple form purposes, the benefit is that it is much simpler to use.

Come back here if you need more help with this.

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captainCommented:
Hi

quick thought, if you set the font size to zero (0) the contents will adjust to fit the field, see:
http://blogs.adobe.com/acrobatineducation/2006/03/auto_resizing_text_in_pdf_form.html

hth
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CLC_ITAuthor Commented:
We have thought of that, but it would require everyone within our company to scrap the forms they have already filled out and this effects roughly 300 managers/employees. To get everyone to RE-FILL out these forms isn't an acceptable solution. That solution will probably help for next year when I purchase the latest version of Acrobat and create these forms in a better program.

Good read and very informative article btw!
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toroblanco2002Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I did had a similar problem with a pdf form that was not printing the signature part of a form, I was able to fix the problem by enabling a check box on my printing options. I can't remember exactly the words on the check box but it did work for me. Try to look on your printing options. Open the pdf file, go to file select print, when you get the print dialog box look close to the bottom for a check box.
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