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.
jamila nevels commented
I do not understand how this feature has been under review since 2019!!! Field expansion should have been a basic feature.
Janet Tollenaar commented
Please develop this feature. I work in healthcare and clinicians do not always have the skills to copy and paste into tables so fillable expanding text boxes are important in pdfs
Phillip Grubb commented
Time to switch to a different product. Sick of waiting for a way to do this. I know competitors have it. Such Trash. Can't even use code.
Shane Hager commented
This is such a HUGE missing design element. Please add this feature already.
Rachel S commented
Can you at least tell us why you are NOT adding this feature? It would give me some closure.
Jody McAdam-Brown commented
I'm just here to add my yearly request for this feature. Thanks for coming to my TedTalk.
Corey R Wallace commented
Give us expandable fields for our forms!!!
Lynne Griffiths commented
I can't believe that with a product as 'slick' as Adobe' this aspect is sooo clunky.
Can it really be that difficult?
I'm trying to create workbooks for students to type directly into expanding boxes that are automatically saved.
Surely this isn't beyond you now?
Rachel S commented
I have been watching for this feature for a long time. Is it ever going to be added? Expandable text fields would be a game-changer for us.
Graeme Ross commented
Lack of this feature makes it tough to deal with cases where free form text descriptions can change. (not to mention translations). I can understand if this requires considering directives to deal with other objects on the page to change size. Word seems to do this but lacks Adobe's strength in form filling.
Samuel Swenson commented
Still struggling though this Adobe Sign thing with a user base who basically experience the internet through phone screens...
Latest Learning >> LoLz If you look at the Adobe Experience Forms page, they describe Standard PDFs as "Legacy PDFs". >> Responsive forms look to be available only to Experience Cloud customers and not *yet* to Creative Cloud customers.
In the meantime, we'll be building Legacy forms 🦕
Samuel Swenson commented
I just sent out some school forms with long-answer boxes for e-sign and got them back with the long answer text running on one line off the page and clipped.
It was a substantial chunk of time I spent digging around to learn that I need to individually change the properties on each long answer box as follows
[Text Field Properties] > [Options tab] > ✅Multi-line
[Text Field Properties] > [Appearance tab] > Font size 🔽 Auto
Dig through the web-based E-Sign ap to download csv file for the clipped form fields > rebuild the form > re-send to signer ... ( I don't have time at the moment to write out the full path for that operation. )
There's no apparent way to batch-edit several boxes.
⚠ Another problem I'm encountering is that several fields behave differently depending on whether you add/edit in Acrobat "Prepare Form" tool or in the "Prepare Signature" Tool.
In order to make this moderately useful for my school, I will end up having to make my own video tutorials to share with staff who are in the top percentile of general power users. This is gonna be a headache for everyone else.
It would be great to see
1) uniformity across the tools for form fields, check boxes, etc
2) batch editing for field properties
3) long answer text should not be clipped off and only retrievable though several steps leading to a .csv download
Thank you Adobe Team for considering this feedback! 🙏
Ahmed Hasan commented
This is very urgent. Please do something. Its almost 6 years.........
This was originally shared in April 2017. It is now five years later, October 2022!
I just cannot understand how this feature hasn't been prioritized and implemented yet.
Christal Raver commented
This would make creating documents so much easier. Some people have few words, while others have many. This would save on paper waste as well.
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.