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.)
 

Edit XFA forms

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:

Error when you edit XFA form in Acrobat

Some forms do not allow you to add annotations in Acrobat and you see the following message:

Warning when you add annotations to an XFA form

Caution:

If you edit an XFA form in Acrobat DC using a workaround, the resultant PDF or form will be flattened and lose all form fields, layers, interactive objects, buttons, and any JavaScripts used in the form.

If you still want to edit an XFA form in Acrobat DC, follow one of the workarounds below.

Workaround 1: Save the form as Encapsulated PostScript file

Saving the XFA form as .eps (Encapsulated PostScript) file flattens the file and removes layers, form fields, and other interactive objects in the file.

  1. Open the PDF in Acrobat DC.

  2. Select File > Save As, and choose the folder location to save the file.

  3. Select the Save As Type format as Encapsulated PostScript and click Save.

    Save as Encapsulated PostScript file
  4. Open the saved .eps file in Acrobat DC. You will now be able to edit the PDF.

Workaround 2: Print the form to Adobe PDF printer

Printing the XFA form to Adobe PDF printer flattens the file and removes layers, form fields, and other interactive objects in the file.

  1. Open the PDF form in Acrobat DC.

  2. Go to File > Print or click the Printer  icon in the toolbar.

  3. In the Print dialog box, choose Adobe PDF as the printer and click Print.

  4. Type a name for your file and click Save. The PDF is created, and it opens in Acrobat.

    You can now edit the PDF. To add form fields to the PDF, see Create a form from an existing document.

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