Electronic Forms

I originally posted this under the Going Analog forum. I've converted some of the templates into electronic forms.

Am I allowed to do this? And is this something that other people would want to use?

It has definitely made my life much easier. I haven't modified the templates, other than adding editable fields and giving it the ability to be saved.



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More please!

I would love to see more of your templates!!

I agree, I can't wait to see more.

Especially daily and weekly pages.

I love the idea of these

I love the idea of these kind of editable templates.
I can't get this one to work though, I can't seem to find any of the text fields, even when I click Highlight Fields.

Hi Chriskraus

Did you try the template from the other thread I attached it to? If you are still having trouble I can e-mail you directly with the template I use and see if that works for you.

Cheers, and have a good holiday season.


How do you do this????

I use the Classic style and would love all of the templates to be editable. Is this a hard thing to do yourself???

I am wondering how to make each template a sep file to send to staples for printing and cutting and then I can use my rollabind punch to add them to my notebook.

Being about to add pages that can be edited by computer and printed would be very fab!



I've looked for something like this for a long while, and the only thing I've found that seems to do the job is adobe acrobat 8 (the expensive one). It's possible to make editable PDFs in openoffice from scratch using their forms and exporting to PDF, but then any changes you make to the published PDF file can't be saved, and you have to print it immediately, which to me is little better than just printing blanks and writing it in. I'd be very interested to know if anyone can make editable, savable PDF files with any other tool.

Template page

Love this - it's pretty much exactly what I've been looking for. I tried Ygor's dynamic system, but it didn't print properly for me - this came out nice and clean.

Would love to see:

* Sunday start to the week (really minor)
* A full set for 2008 so that I don't have to type the dates into each month myself (lazy, sigh...)

This will definitely do, though!

Thank you for your work!


Fianlly Have Free Time

Hi All-

Sorry I haven't been able to get back to you all, I have just finished up a MAJOR project at work, plus all the usual end of year kids activities (Here in Australia the school year starts in early feb and finishes in early Dec.), plus getting ready for x-mas and on and on....

I have a few weeks off from work so I will be making a major push to get the last ones done. I will post the one's I have now.

The first one I posted is one of the first one's I ever did, so I have learned quite a bit from that excercise. I will be re-doing that one to fit in with the one I have made since.

I do use Adobe Professional as I use it for work all the time. That's what gave me the idea to turn the DIY Planner docs into electronic forms.

I also recently discovered the digital template, so I'm going to play around with it and see if I can get it to print to PDF and then turn them into electronic forms, as I don't want to type out the numbers either, but that might take a while, as there are a few other forms I would like to finish first.

The big diffrence with the forms I am going to post is that I have created them so that you can actually save them, not just print them. It took a little while to figure out a work-around, because Adobe Prof isn't designed to let you build them that way. So I was pretty chuffed (Aussie slang for proud) with myself for figuring it out.

Anyway I hope you enjoy them. Please let me know if you have any trouble with them and I will see what I can do to help. Feel free to request forms and if they aren't already on my list I will try to get to them, life pressures permitting.

In the meantime seasons greeting to you all and I hope for the best for you and your families in the new year,


Your templates are awesome!

Thank you for sharing all your hard work!!

Very nice, but limited

If my Dynamic Templates could output in a graphic format, like SVG, you could create and then edit them.

How does this sound ?
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

SVG editing is a good idea

SVG output would be nice, and allow for much more complex editing than is possible here (recoloring, changing titles etc, removing sections etc.), but I think the goals of the two are different. This seems to me to be a quick and easy method to add recurring items or other things you might want to write on rather than a way to completely change the look of a template. It's simple and doesn't require anything other than acrobat (I don't know how well it works with non-adobe pdf readers though).

I think the place for you to put similar functionality in your dynamic templates would be in the template program itself rather than in the output, where you could make it even easier and more powerful than here. Simple example I can think of from here would be a list of birthdays which would be put in the right place on the calendar. I believe you already had an idea along these lines with the possibility of importing calendar entries. I'm not saying don't do SVG output, I'm just saying that I think it will solve a different problem than the templates on this page do.


Your feedback is helpful and really gets all them little grey-cells percolating.
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

I would love dynamic templates!!!

Hi Ygor-

Please feel free to use your little grey cells.

I made these 'cause I find it easier to type up what I needed a way to set up documments for all my projects etc. and this was the only way I knew how.

I know Adobe Prof. but I have no idea how make an application like yours. I also needed something I could put on a stick and take with me. I travel a lot to diffrent offices and use hotdesk computers. They all have Adobe reader on them so I can use the forms wherever I am.



You can do the Best of Both !!

You can take the PDF output of my stuff and add the fields with Acrobat Pro.

My apps are really simple: Draw the lines and numbers and letters. The bear is calculating where to draw them :)

For your office-to-office travels, you might consider a self-contained Wiki like TiddlyWiki
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Nice forms

These are really nice forms. I've wanted savable, fillable DIY templates ever since I discovered them when filling in some government forms, but I never had acrobat 8, and I can't find any other program that can do it. They all let you fill in, but not save. Unfortunately I gave up on the idea, and now I forget exactly why I wanted it :( Oh well, when I remember, I know where to turn to.

I wish the forms could go one step further...

I would like to be able to save a copy of the form with the filled-in info retained.
But Acrobat Reader does not let you do that and Acrobat Pro ain't cheap :(

Does anyone know a hack ?
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

It's Possible

With Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.

There's a setting you can pick in Adobe Acrobat Professional 8 that allows people with Reader to save their typing into the forms.

Thanks. I'll check it out

I love this community. So many knowledgeable folks.
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)


Well to be specific...Go to the Advanced menu and select Enable Usage Rights in Adobe Reader. You'll need to have created all of the text boxes (etc) for entry first.

Print to PDF


Once you've filled in your PDF with data, print to a new PDF with a new name.

It won't prevent you from having to do it all again (say with a 'contacts' page) when your contact list changes, but at least you'll have free reprints until the data changes.


I have much to consider

There are several ways I could include information onto the Dynamics.

Bwa-ha-ha-ha-haaaa !
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Tried, doesn't always work

I tried that once with a form I spent ages filling in then realized it couldn't be saved. At the time I had cutepdf, and for some reason the PDF that came out was a blank page with some gobbledygook on it. I was able to get it to work with Macromedia Flashpaper in the end, but you need to be careful what pdf printing tool you use.

The one I've not tried that might work is doPDF, so anyone interested in the print to pdf method of saving filled in forms might want to try that. Be sure to test it before spending ages filling out a form like I did though.

They should work that way

Hi ygor-

All of the templates should let you save filled in data. The only exception to that is the very first one I did, because at the time I didn't realise the steps required to allowing Adobe Reader to save.

Please let me know which ones aren't letting you save and I will check it out.



Wow !!

I need to look at the cost of Acrobat Pro
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Dang !! $450

"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

You shouldn't need Adobe Prof to save these forms

Has anyone been unsuccessful saving a form with Adobe reader? If you have please let me know and I will try to figure it out.

I created the the forms using Adobe Prof. but I have definitely used them on (and saved) on machines that only had the reader on them. (Adobe Reader 8, that is) I don't know how they would go on any other pdf reader.

As I said in an earlier post, I tend to make a copy from the template with a different name and save and modify that copy.

Once again if you are having any problems please let me know.



no problem printing, just size issue

I have fallen in love with your forms and had all sorts of dreams for creating a slew of Checklists (weekly review, etc.). I was able to save my entered info as a pdf and print it multiple times all the while maintaining the downloaded "template". All I have is Reader. My only problem is page size. Your template is letter size and I am a Classic (half-page) gal. Any way to create that form in Classic size. When I reduce to fit my page, it does smush everything up and destroys the aesthetic, in my anal opinion.
Great work!

I hacked it....

I took the original file and created a hacked version in InDesign and then just exported it as a hi res pdf.

What I did was to resize the day boxes on the bottom and then retype the days of the week and the top heading part. As a result the boxes are not perfectly square but the type is more readable. You can email me for the file if you would like. If this works for you I can do the other page, if not, no worries. I used only 1/4 inch margins but you can scale it in Acrobat when printing if you need larger margins.


Coming Soon I Hope

I submitted the template a few days ago. Hopefully one of the lovely wonderful approvers will approve it for me soon. Then a Classic Fill In Checklist will exist.

rae and artbeast, thanks

I look forward to your classic fill in checklist to be approved Rae, and also Artbeast, can you give us a link to what you did?
thanking you all

and Ducati.... outstanding


link to monthly planner hack

Here is the link:

I have Acrobat Pro but all I ever use it for is to create pdf files. I do not know how to make it so it can be filled in... who knows, maybe it is already that way.

Let me know if it will work for you. No worries if it does not.


Other requests have been made...

Demand is high...If you give me the measurements (in metric and imperial) I can re-size them and post them. That what airport lounges are for :)


filling in on .pdf files?

"Let's Put the Fun Back in Dysfunction."

Is it possible to fill in a form in a .pdf file that will only print what you type in?

I can't find the template design part that you posted these templates in. Are they pdf files? How do I type stuff in??

Fill in Forms

The pdf that DucatiChic posted here, let you fill in the PDF and either save the file on your computer or print it out. All of the elements of the actual document (lines, spaces, shading) will still print. This particular pdf lets you print a monthly calendar for the month you create with your specific appointments on it.

All you need to type the text in is Adobe Reader.

Forms available in other topic pages

Hi ppitlanish-

If you do a search on my name 'ducatichic' there are three other postings that have all of the forms attached to them. I did this, because I was afraid it would get to big.

If you still can't find them let me know and I can always email them to you.