I have a PDF form where some manager should write down the relevant data. I want to add an text/input field to this PDF file to simplify this process - now it is just printed lines to fill by handwriting.

After I add the text field I send the PDF file to the manager.

Any suggestions, soft etc are welcome (Right now I have only the Preview and a Google Docs account).


For development of forms, get Acrobat Pro, and for using the forms, have your users using Acrobat Reader.

Important: Never, ever, ever use Preview.app for working with forms; Preview.app is a very sure tool to completely corrupt a PDF form.

  • 450$ ?? for a text field? hm... – Ilan Jul 31 '15 at 10:30
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    I agree with Max. you want to edit a PDF, Acrobat is the gold standard. I believe there are others available for Mac tho, a quick search will turn them up. Also I've never had Preview corrupt a PDF – Steve Chambers Jul 31 '15 at 13:44
  • @SteveChambers: Then you never worked with fillable forms you had to send back for further processing using Preview.app. – Max Wyss Jul 31 '15 at 22:33
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    Actually I have, many times, just never had a problem – Steve Chambers Jul 31 '15 at 23:54

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