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Kimberly Camper0414@yahoo.com

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I have been using pdf elements since it came out and overall I am very pleased. There are a few items that I feel must have an easier solution, as well as a few options I believe were either removed or moved. I am looking for some help to accomplish task that should be able to be done in bulk versus individual editing. Most of the functionality I use is creating order-forms that can have the amounts entered and totals calculated. It is not unusual to have upwards of 40 items on the form. It is not unusual for me to be sent an order form either in word, excel or hand written and the goal is to create on that can have the desired order entered and then auto summit to the company. 

1. Is there a way to take data that is entered in a pdf (so it comes in to PDFelements as a text area) and convert the area to a forms field so that the user does not have to create a forms fields, enter the data, and delete the text for each entry?

2. The user can select multiple fields at one time and a windows appears with some functions. To the best of my knowledge format was once one of these tabs. How can a user format more than one field at a time?  Often times I will have a large number of entries that need to be formatted a number with a set number of decimals so I do not have to click on every field and format it to be a number with two decimals. 

3. Is there a way to add fields that are preformed when you need to add multiple that should act and look the same? 

4. Is there a way to make the cells identify what type they need to be and not touch every field. 

5. The documents I have been creating are getting very large to the point sometimes they do not save and the software crashes. This seems to be worse since the last update. I create my pdf and take it to a pdf condenser and have it shrunk. Is there a way to stop this from happening?

Please let me know any way to make creating these documents faster without touching and editing every field all down the row. 

Kim

 

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Hi Kimberly

Thanks for your long-term support for us. I bet you must be quite familiar with navigating our program so far. To answer your questions,

1. I am afraid not. Did you find any program that can accomplish this?

2. As you have found out, format is not in the properties settings when selecting multiple fields at one time.

3. Right click the form field to choose the option of Use as Default. But it is only for some basic setting such as font size and font color. 

4. Could you please explain more about this function? I am sorry that it is not clear enough to me.

5. We will keep improving the capacity of our program. If it crashed again, please send us the log file if possible. 

Since you are a regular visitor and poster here, so better to keep you informed, Bella will be taking in charge of this forum and engaged with all posters here from now on. 

Thanks for your support. 

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1. Is there a way to take data that is entered in a pdf (so it comes in to PDFelements as a text area) and convert the area to a forms field so that the user does not have to create a forms fields, enter the data, and delete the text for each entry?

1. I am afraid not. Did you find any program that can accomplish this?

I will keep dreaming! That option would be a game changer. There are time I have a long list of items and prices and if there was a way to auto recognize the numbers and bring them in to be used in a formula would save hours over time.

2. The user can select multiple fields at one time and a windows appears with some functions. To the best of my knowledge format was once one of these tabs. How can a user format more than one field at a time?  Often times I will have a large number of entries that need to be formatted a number with a set number of decimals so I do not have to click on every field and format it to be a number with two decimals. 

2. As you have found out, format is not in the properties settings when selecting multiple fields at one time.

Would the "Use as Default" work in this situation? I am assuming I would have to make the field with all the options I want it to have and then add additional fields to populate the other locations. I would not be able to have the software auto find the open fields? What is happening is if I miss one field changing it to a number with two decimals it corrupts all the rest of the formulas and I must reformat every field.  

3. Is there a way to add fields that are preformed when you need to add multiple that should act and look the same? 

3. Right click the form field to choose the option of Use as Default. But it is only for some basic setting such as font size and font color.

Is there a reason the user can not select multiple cells and set the type of item in the field as well as details about the field like decimals places. It would seem like this would be something that many people are running into when you have a large set of fields like an order form. 

4. Is there a way to make the cells identify what type they need to be and not touch every field. 

4. Could you please explain more about this function? I am sorry that it is not clear enough to me.

This is similar to the above issue. When the software is auto detecting the form it seems to label fields sometimes very strange. For example it will detect a list of fields that are in a logical place for a number and create fields for text. The other strange issue I have had is it will detect a number location but make it multiple lines and that makes the field unable to be used in a formula. 

5. The documents I have been creating are getting very large to the point sometimes they do not save and the software crashes. This seems to be worse since the last update. I create my pdf and take it to a pdf condenser and have it shrunk. Is there a way to stop this from happening?

5. We will keep improving the capacity of our program. If it crashed again, please send us the log file if possible.

This continues to happen. In fact I have had to take the pdf and put them in a pdf condenser to be able to use the final pdf or even email the final document. It seems to happen during the saving set. I can make a very minor spelling change and it will take a while to save with the progress bar crawling and the result will be a huge document. 

ADDITIONAL NEW QUESTIONS:

6. Can I create a button that will send the form to a printer or fax machine. The option to submit through email as been amazing but I still have a few companies that want it faxed to a traditional phone number. 

7. Can I put a constant into a formula with out creating a field with that constant in the field hidden. For example if I need the number that was input into a field and multiplied by 3 can I put the field name X 3 in the formula?

 

 

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