Create Expandable Text Field Forms
Adobe Acrobat Pro needs to have the ability to create expandable text field forms that allow the text box to expand when the user types similar to what you can do with Livecycle.
This is a feature that has been requested a lot online. Currently Acrobat Pro only allows multi-line text field forms with a scroll bar, but you cannot create an expanding text field form that increases in the height of the text field to accomodate more text.
The functionality to create this even in Livecycle is too clunky and complicated to use.
We need that too !
I used LiveCycle Designer for years and have many forms that our company uses in this format, but with the Microsoft change it has been very difficult to use these forms. It is a large company and because of other applications used browsers can't be set up company wide to open PDF files directly in Acrobat Reader and this causes a lot of frustration.
Yes - we absolutely need the same suite of features that Live Cycle offers because I just found that the new Microsoft 365 environment will not open any .pdf's with XFA formats (created by Live Cycle) and the Adobe Acrobat Pro doesn't even have half the features I'd need to rebuild the form. So I can't create a dynamic form with expanding fields, hiding sections unless needed, etc. in Adobe Pro. This is SOOOOOOOO frustrating. Additionally, Microsoft was stating in another forum that they were looking at testing adding features to allow for other .pdf formats in different web browsers but that this may be a long time coming (if at all) to get Live Cycle forms to work within web browsers again. I can't even believe we're in such a regressive state with Adobe and/or Microsoft. This is globally impactful. This is not an isolated incident and the more people move to different software platforms, the more frustrating this is going to be when they find out how limited they're going to be using Adobe.
Adobe PLEASE figure this out!!! This is creating work stoppages, causing manual efforts and the potential of having to rebuild a lot of agency forms. Additionally, we're now contemplating looking at new software for forms instead of Adobe so that it will integrate with Microsoft edge and google chrome but also the Office 365 suite of software (primary focus is within the DoD365 platform).
Max Wyss commented
Obviously, this is an important topic for many people. Well, not "somewhat important for very many" but "extremely important for many".
A way to make things possible would be rather easy, namely to (and now, listen well, you "product managers"):
Open the "fieldfull" event property to the Validate, Calculate, and Format event.
That's it. Currently this property is only open to the Keystroke event.
This event does not occur in a recalculation, where it could trigger a resize action of the field.
I have a kludgy solution for this problem, but the above mentioned improvement would make it less kludgy.
I am open for a discussion, so, please contact me at max at prodok dot com.
Also, users who may be interested in hearing more, feel free to contact me in private.
Aaron Johnston commented
I would also love to see this feature implemented into the base product. Having this functionality would add a lot of dynamic usability that I am looking for as I build more forms for my organization.
K. Eder commented
We absolutely need this!
Every. Single. Day. We get our technical questionnaires returned with text far beyond the field size. And **** we look stupid for not having expandable fields. Because some of our competitors do. But apparantly Adobe cant?!
Really unbelievable this isnt a thing yet o.O
Diane Garves commented
This feature would be a lifesaver.
富二代Howard13KamMun Fu甘萬富 commented
We've been Under Review on this feature for 3 years. Please roll out this update.
Confused Engineer commented
From everything I understand this is just a simple feature to add. I have no idea why they do not want to implement it.
Richy Brophy commented
Is there any progress on this? I see requests going back to 2017. It would seem to be an obvious requirement for any decent form building software. Can we get an update to tell us if this is going to be developed at all? And if so, some idea of when this might be rolled out?
Pamala Combs commented
I received a request for this today and it's something that I've long wanted and stumbled across this post. We need this! I have Adobe Acrobat Pro Ext and have to turn down work because the client wants this and I can't do it for her.
This is an imperative capability. Covid shutdowns forced many Government agencies to rely on electronic requests for emergency orders from the public. People filling out forms under duress or after they've been assaulted don't have the time/ability to fill out a separate addendum to their statement because the information doesn't fit into the space provided on the mandatory State forms. We could keep using Word versions, but they suck and putting together autofill PDF packets is wayyy more user friendly- except for this one BIG HUGE ISSUE. I really hope it gets resolved in the near future. Unfortunately for local Governments and Law Enforcement agencies getting the approval/funding to implement AEM is not that simple and would take for-freaking-ever if even possible for my organization. The public needs PDF forms that are fully usable now. Reach out to me if you have questions. Public safety and the courts rely so heavily on remote filings now since the pandemic, and it will not go back. Your tools help immensely, but need some improvements.
Sandi McDonald commented
I too, need this capability and do not have access to someone to write me a java script to accomplish what Adobe has known for years is a necessary feature in this day of 'everything online".
Apparently with Brad's post in 2017, it took 2 years to move this request to the "Under Review" pile. Now, 2 years later maybe we will see it move to the next pile. I'm hoping the next pile isn't "Under Review-1". Can we crowdsource an UpVote?
Vickie Miller commented
I too am waiting........patiently, but years? Them saying they know this feature needs to be added and still not added? Why so long of a wait?
Rochelle D commented
Why is this feature still not available in Adobe? Seriously guys... This should have been available years ago!!!
David Beeman commented
Still no feature addition with Adobe? I too bought Adobe Acrobat Pro thinking it could do this basic task. Does anyone have an alternative? Besides Experience Manager?
Alex Constantin commented