pdf form in Word 2010

I have a long pdf form that is not editable, that we need to be able to fill in.

I tried many online/freeware pdf to word converters, and none of them produced results at all similar to the pdf file.

What I ended up doing is converting the pdf to a separate png for each page, bringing it into Word, setting it as behind text, and placing my TextFormFields in front of it.

This worked very nicely for a few forms, ranging from 2 to 4 pages.

However, now I have a 19 page form. I brought in all the images, and am in the process of setting up the TextFormFields, but the document began functioning VERY slowly. Is this because of the images? They are not so big, around 100 kb each.

I'm sure text would be better than images - here is a link to the form, maybe someone else will have more luck with converting it.
http://www.edmestonny.org/government/fileupload/forms/rp420ao2.pdf

Or else, using images, is there any way I can make the document stop crawling?

Thanks!
Is there a better way to do this?
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Kent DyerIT Security Analyst SeniorCommented:
Rather than using Adobe, have you tried PDF Exchange or NitroPDF?  Those seem to work pretty good in Firefox.

HTH,

Kent
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NrisimhaCommented:


Hello,

I have opened your document with Libre Office Writer.

And what I have seen - your PDF is written with mixed English and Chinese fonts although the original PDF on the web is completely written in English.

That is a problem:

 Libre1
And all characters are transformed into strange encoded letters:

 Libre2
The same is with Word 2007:

 Libre3
I will try other programs for converting PDF to Word, but I can't promise that it will be good.

Nrisimha
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etech0Author Commented:
Are they free?
I will take a look.
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etech0Author Commented:
@Nrisimha: That's weird, but would explain the issue.
Is there anything we can do to fix that?
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NrisimhaCommented:

Is there anything we can do to fix that?

The only fixing can be done if you edit that PDF and select these texts that are written with Arial Unicode MS Chinese font and then change the font to an English ( Western font ).

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etech0Author Commented:
How would I go about doing that? I don't have adobe acrobat - only adobe reader.
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NrisimhaCommented:


I will help you. But first, look at this converted PDF document to Word document in attachment and say is it any worth or not:

 VeryPDF.doc


regards

Nrisimha
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etech0Author Commented:
It's a little funny looking.
For tax purposes, this form needs to look EXACTLY like the original; that's why using it as an image made sense. But not if it makes the document too slow to use.
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NrisimhaCommented:

It's a little funny looking.


Yes, but it is a converted from PDF to Word 2007 with the one of the best PDF to Word convertor in the world.

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NrisimhaCommented:

For tax purposes, this form needs to look EXACTLY like the original; that's why using it as an image made sense. But not if it makes the document too slow to use.


What it means - EXACTLY? Whenever you convert any document to any other form you will loose precision.

I'am looking at this DOC file I sent to you and this DOC doesn't look "little funny".
Such comments can give only a person that has never converted PDF document to Word document.

I remind you that your Arial Unicode MS Chinese font also make it "little funny".
But it seems that it is not important that this Word document looks excellent, because you only need to make changes in fonts and you can very easy correct this DOC document to be without your "exotic images" in the background.

In fact, I don't mind. A person who needs a help and got that help first of all must be aware that I do my job with the best PDF to Word conversion programs IN THE WORLD !!!


Nrisimha
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etech0Author Commented:
I understand.
I will compare the forms page by page and see what needs to be fixed, and how much it entails.
You are correct, it may still make more sense than placing images behind text. (Even though that method worked great for some 4 page forms).
Thanks for your help.
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etech0Author Commented:
Some of the columns need to be fiddled with to show all the text, and some lines need to be moved around, but other than that, it looks pretty good.
I'm going to get to work on it, but I think this solves the problem.
Which converter did you use? Is it free?
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NrisimhaCommented:

I use PDF2Word v3.0:

http://www.verypdf.com/pdf2word/index.html


regards

Nrisimha
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etech0Author Commented:
After a lot of fixing up, the document now looks perfect!

My question is as follows: I want to put in the TextFormFields so that my user can fill out the form. Due to the conversion process, there are multiple columns all over, and I am having trouble getting my fields lined up.

Is there a simple way to transfer each page's contents to that page's header/footer, so that I can place my fields in front of it?

Alternatively, is there a way to put TextFormFields in a text box? I tried, but it doesn't seem to work.

Thanks!
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NrisimhaCommented:

Oh, it is very complicated to make such document. You said that you haven't PDF Editor.

People that have PDF document with a form or forms on their web sites make their forms directly in Acrobat PRO.

And when you will be finished, suddenly the new problems grow.

If you have time please look at this page and you will see post about such PDF forms that are used online:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Document_Imaging/Adobe_Acrobat/Q_27508274.html


regards

Nrisimha
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etech0Author Commented:
I do not need such a complicated solution, I think.
I want the form to be in Microsoft Word, and don't need it available online for other users. I just want people within my office to be able to fill in blanks that I will set up on the form, and then we can save and print it.
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etech0Author Commented:
Although my issue is not completely resolved, as you have been a big help so far I'm going to award points and begin a new thread.
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NrisimhaCommented:

Thanks to you etech0,

I hope that it won't be so complicated.


good luck

Nrisimha
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