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How can I create an XFDF file from a PDF either 1) using Acrobat 8 Pro; or 2) using open source tools

I tried creating the XFDF by hand, but I'm not able to merge it back into the PDF. I presume it's because it is a multipage PDF form. That's why I'd like to generate a working XFDF file as a template.

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Load your form in Acrobat 8, fill it and the select in the main menu Forms > Manage form data > Export data and choose XFDF format. The XFDF file content is not related to the number of pages in the PDF form.

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Thanks for your answer. I tried to do that even before, but the only 2 options I have there are .xml and .xdp. I don't know why that dialog doesn't offer me .xfdf or .fdf. Any idea? – user46935 Mar 4 '11 at 11:49
@user323094 - it seems that you have an Adobe LiveCycle Designer form, not a plain old Acrobat form. LiveCycle Designer forms can import/export data only in XML and XDP formats, XFDF is not supported. – Sorin Nistor Mar 4 '11 at 14:09
@Sorin Nistor: thanks, that must be it. How can I convert the form to the "plain old" format? If that's not possible, how do I create a new form in the correct format? – user46935 Mar 4 '11 at 15:59
I recreated the form in Acrobat 8 Pro without using LiveCycle Designer and the fdf and xfdf formats are now offered. Thanks again. – user46935 Mar 8 '11 at 10:25

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