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I got a PDF I was expecting to edit but discovered when I switch to Edit mode in Adobe Acrobat Pro that the single text edit field I expected way many small fields.

Is the file corrupted? Or is Adobe corrupted?

Is there a fix for this?

Document Mode, the field looks fine
Document Mode
Edit Mode, the field is broken into many and totally useless to me.
Edit Mode
I have a Acrobat Pro DC subscription (month-to-month)‎

Should I cancel it and get a different one? I feel the program is horrible, actually.

Please let me know if that bug has a work-around.


Thanks
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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> Is the file corrupted?

No.

> Or is Adobe corrupted?

No.

Whether you like Acrobat or not, this has nothing to do with Acrobat. It is about the PDF file itself. Whoever created the PDF made it like that. For example, here's a portion of a PDF page printed from Google Maps that looks fine in document mode, seeming to be a single field:

looks like single field
But in edit mode, it shows the same issue as your PDF, i.e., it is really composed of two small fields:

separate fields
The way to "fix" this is at PDF creation. Regards, Joe
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by:newbieweb
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I swear I crated one field and Adobe created these nonsensical fields. It was like it did image conversion ...
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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When you said "I got a PDF" I interpreted that as meaning you got it from someone/somewhere else. Are you saying that you created it yourself? If so, how? What PDF creation tool?
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by:newbieweb
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I created it and it was edited. I will ask what tool he used
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by:newbieweb
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I use Adobe Acrobat Pro on Mac and he updated it with

PDF-escape (Ultimate)

On Windows 10.1

This sounds like the problem
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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> I created it

How did you create it?

> it was edited

Does your original PDF (before it was edited) have the same issue?
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016 earned 2000 total points
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Our messages just crossed, but yes, that's the problem — presuming that your original PDF does not have the problem.
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thanks
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You're welcome.
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