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    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.

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    Max Wyss commented  · 

    I am working on a workaround, but it may still be quite messy (because one little key piece is missing (the fieldfull property available to other events than just the keystroke event)).

    For serious interest, feel free to contact me in private.

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    Max Wyss commented  · 

    @The Dazzler: online forms are not suitable in so many cases, and are in certain aspects inferior to smart PDFs. Therefore, online forms are not really an option.

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    Max Wyss commented  · 

    @Gaurav Sharma: With all due respect, but I have a bit of a problem with this answer.

    1. XFA is pretty much dead, and should really no longer be promoted.

    2. The request for automatically growing fields in Acroforms is about 20 years old!

    3. Setting the font size to autoscale is indeed an option, but this really can not be honestly suggested for serious forms use, especially when paper is involved.

    4. Fields with automatic font size is not what the OP requests; the OP most likely is aware of this.

    5. It IS possible to make self-growing fields in Acroforms; I have implemented such things a good decade ago. However, there is a small missing link, which Adobe simply chose to not provide.

    6. When filling a field without autoscroll/autosize, a marker appears when the content is bigger than can be displayed.

    7. We do have the fieldFull Field Object property. The problem is that for reasons unknown and unexplicable to me, it is only available in the Keystroke event.

    8. The marker mentioned in point 6 has no interface to JavaScript.

    9. Which gets us to the missing link: The marker mentioned in point 6 and the fieldFull JavaScript property should be coupled. In addition to that, the fieldFull property should be available to all field events.

    10. A little bit of coding on the form side, and we would have fields which can grow and shrink.

    So, why has Adobe been refusing to implement this so far?? I understand, back in the XFA über Alles era, it was not suitable to do it, but but that era is long gone.

    So, @Gaurav Sharma… why??

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    Max Wyss commented  · 

    @Anonymous: It is possible in Acroforms, a bit messy, and with some restrictions. Feel free to get in touch with me in private.

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    Max Wyss commented  · 

    It is possible to build growing (unfortunately not shrinking) text fields in PDF forms. It is, however, quite clunky, and (in the opinion of the one who has developed this feature) a bit experimental.

    The main reason for this is that the trigger for the overflow indicator in the text field is not accessible using Acrobat JavaScript. I have requested this several times in the past, but it has been refused with more or less weak arguments…

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    Max Wyss commented  · 

    It is very late that I get to this thread, agreed.

    But resizable "text boxes inside Comment App" ARE NOT WHAT THE OP REQUESTS!!

    The OP (and many others, over all the years) request TEXT FIELDS to grow and shrink depending on their contents.

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    Resolved  ·  Bhavna Negi responded

    I have forwarded your request to engineering. It will be picked up after prioritization. We will contact you if we need some more information on this.
    Thank you for your patience

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    Max Wyss commented  · 

    A workaround is, if you still have an Acrobat 8 or older around, open the form and set the tab order in that application.