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LiveCycle Forms ES: text-overlapping on page break using nested subforms


If you are using LiveCycle Forms ES to render complex XFA forms as PDF and the forms contain subforms/tables which can split over multiple pages, you may notice some text-overlapping following a page break as follows:


You can use some processing instructions in the XDP template to control how the page break affects the field content.  There are 2 processing instructions that can be used in this case to fix the text-overlapping issue, so that the contents no longer overlap the field boundaries:

<?layout allowDissonantSplits 1?>
<?layout allowJaggedRowSplits 1?>

You should add these PI’s to your XDP templates only if you are encountering the issue described above.  You can test these PI’s in LiveCycle Designer ES by using the PDF Preview tab.

By adding these PI’s the text-overlapping is resolved and appears as follows on the rendered PDF form:

reference: (182616383/2959283)

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Acrobat X: how to enable the Typewriter tool

Acrobat X:

If you have been using the Typewriter tool in previous versions of Acrobat/Reader you will notice it is no longer available under the Tools menu in Acrobat/Reader X.

The Typewriter tool has been renamed to “Add or Edit Text Box” and relocated in Acrobat X following extensive research by our product teams.  A lot of people were having issues trying to find these tools in previous versions.  Particularly with the younger generation, some did not even know what a typewriter was.

      To locate/use the Typewriter tool in Acrobat X:

      1. open a PDF

      2. click on the “Tools” menu on the right-hand side

      3. expand “Content”

      4. click “Add or Edit Text Box”






A new feature in Acrobat/Reader X allows you to add commonly used tools to the Quick Tools bar.  If you right-click on the “Add or Edit Text Box” button, and select “Add to Quick Tools”, then you will see the icon appear on the toolbar as follows:

Note: If you are using Adobe Reader, the “Add or Edit Text Box” tool is not available until you enable the PDF with extended rights.  You should check this post to ensure the PDF file has the correct rights enabled for editing.  Once the PDF is setup correctly, the tool will show up directly on the toolbar, or under the Extended menu.

Acrobat XI:

If you are using Acrobat XI then you can watch the following video to see how to enable the typewriter tool:

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LiveCycle ES2: Text-clipping at a page break in a complex table after conversion to Postscript with toPS2()


When you use the toPS2() method with LiveCyclce ES2 to convert PDF files that contain complex dynamic tables to PostScript, text may overlap in some table cells following a page break.

This issue has been reported with a table structure at the page break as follows:


 <data_field1>multi-line text</data_field1>
 <data_field2>multi-line text</data_field2>

The following image shows the table in Reader and after conversion to PostScript with ES2:


We have exposed a new flag in the XDP templates that can be used with LiveCycle ES2 SP1 and later versions.  Add the following line to the XML for all XDP templates that contain such tables:

<?originalXFAVersion LegacySplitPtCalcOverride:1 v2.8-layout:0?>

After using these flags in the XDP template and converting to Postscript again the table will appear correctly as follows:

Additional information

The calculation for the page-break placement pushes the data from the first subform also onto the second page, on top of the data for the second subform. When the data from data_field1 would normally fit on the first page, but the data from data_field2 causes a page break, then the data from data_field1 is pushed to the next page and rendered on top of data_field2.

reference: (181490290/2592355)

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LiveCycle ES2: text-shifts after conversion to Postscript using toPS2()


When you use the toPS2() method in LiveCycle ES2 to convert PDF files to PostScript, some text-shifting occurs in the resulting Postscript file.

Here is an example where the text is shifted upwards and starts to overlap the border:

PDF file:

PostScript file:


A bug in how the server handles the field placement during conversion causes this issue, and can lead to data-loss in extreme circumstances.


This issue has been addressed in LiveCycle ES2 SP1 and later versions.

reference: (181423968/2552257)

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