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Edit XFA forms
This document explains how to edit XFA forms created in LiveCycle Designer. (If you are looking for information on how to edit text or images in a PDF, or a scanned PDF, click the appropriate link above.)
The XFA forms created in LiveCycle Designer are interactive and dynamic in nature. Adobe recommends editing such PDF forms in their authoring application to retain the form fields and interactive objects. If you try to edit the PDF in Acrobat, you get the following error:
Some forms do not allow you to add annotations in Acrobat and you see the following message:
If you still want to edit an XFA form in Acrobat DC, follow one of the workarounds below.
Saving the XFA form as .eps (Encapsulated PostScript) file flattens the file and removes layers, form fields, and other interactive objects in the file.
Open the PDF in Acrobat DC.
Select File > Save As, and choose the folder location to save the file.
Select the Save As Type format as Encapsulated PostScript and click Save.
Open the saved .eps file in Acrobat DC. You can now edit the file.
Printing the XFA form to Adobe PDF printer flattens the file and removes layers, form fields, and other interactive objects in the file.
Open the PDF form in Acrobat DC.
Go to File > Print or click the Printer icon in the toolbar.
In the Print dialog box, choose Adobe PDF as the printer and click Print.
Type a name for your file and click Save. The PDF is created, and it opens in Acrobat.
You can now edit the PDF. For information on how to add form fields in a PDF, see Create a form from an existing document.