How To Create Interactive PDF Forms—And Why You’d Want To

If your business relies on any kind of form that employees, vendors, clients, or customers need to fill out, it might seem like a daunting task to take those non-interactive forms and make them interactive. But the truth is, it’s not.

In fact, PhantomPDF 6 gives you the ability to quickly and easily turn a non-interactive PDF form into an interactive form that virtually anyone can Download, fill out, print, or return to you by email. (Note: for more on interactive vs. non-interactive PDF forms, please see Filling Out Non-Interactive PDF Forms.)

Why Create Interactive PDF Forms?

What benefits do interactive forms give you? The most obvious one is reducing the paper chase. Interactive forms let you get rid of time-consuming, error-prone paper document processing and storage. (Hello, paperless.)

Converting existing non-interactive PDF forms to interactive forms also lets you repurpose other publicly available forms, such as those from professional organizations or the government.  This alone could top many HR, legal, and government managers’ lists when they daydream about increased efficiency.

What’s more, interactive forms mean you can capture data more easily. With PhantomPDF Business and a little bit of custom JavaScript (which is built-in), you can connect your interactive forms to your database and insert, update, or delete database information. That means less manual data entry, which reduces time, cost and errors.

What’s more, because they’re PDF, your interactive forms will be viewable and usable by anyone that has a PDF reader, which most users do already.

Features That Make PDF Form Creation Quick And Easy

PhantomPDF 6 offers new capabilities that enable you to quickly and easily create interactive PDF forms from your existing form files. Those features are automated form field recognition and editing.

The Form Field Recognition tool automatically identifies likely form fields in your PDF documents. Simply let it do all the heavy lifting, then touch up the resulting file to add, change or remove any fields in your interactive forms.

Similarly, when you click on a form field, the Designer’s Assistant automatically fits the field into the likely space that it should occupy, giving you one-click form field creation.  Talk about time-saving.

Those two features alone may be all you need to turn a non-interactive form into an interactive one. Want to get fancier? You can add buttons, check boxes, signature fields and more. To learn how, refer to your handy PhantomPDF User Manual, or stay tuned for our upcoming Blog article on designing interactive PDF forms from scratch.

To start creating interactive PDF forms, download PhantomPDF now.


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