Tips for Working With PDF Forms and Applications
Frequently there are reported errors in trying to work with PDF fill-able forms. These issues arise from the way in which different internet browsers and operating systems handle PDF fill-able forms. Most problems can be avoided or cured, by:
1. Be sure to use the free Adobe Reader to handle all forms. Certain operating systems and internet browsers do not have full PDF form functionality. While these systems are fully capable of viewing static PDF documents, they have unpredictable errors when dealing with fill-able forms. The free Adobe Reader can be downloaded quickly from Adobe at https://get.adobe.com/reader/. Adobe Reader does not have these problems.
2. Do not attempt to complete forms in the internet browser: If you try to complete the form in the internet browser, the form may not save, or may not even be viewable. It can be frustrating to complete a form in the internet browser only to find that it will not save (although in such circumstances you may try to print it to PDF and thereby save your work). To avoid this situation, never work with a form in the internet browser but rather save it to your computer and then open it using a PDF reader (preferably Adobe Reader-see item 1 above).
3. Be aware that sometimes the internet browser cannot display a form correctly or at all: Sometimes upon clicking a fillable PDF form from a webpage, you will get this error message: "Please wait... If this message is not eventually replaced by the proper contents of the document, your PDF viewer may not be able to display this type of document. You can upgrade to the latest version of Adobe Reader for Windows®, Mac, or Linux® by visiting http://www.adobe.com/go/reader_download." When you get this message it merely means that your internet browser cannot handle the form. But it is still there. If you will save it to your computer and then open it from your computer using a PDF reader (preferably Adobe Reader), it will open with full functionality and no problems. Note that file previewers in some operating systems will also show this message if you try to preview the file. However, the file will still open from your computer if you open it instead of trying to preview it.