The frustration is fresh on my mind since I ran into the same problem today trying to schedule an appointment for my son today. My son is in school at California State University and I have to fill in forms for him here in Illinois. The receptionist couldn’t even fax me the forms since " . . . the pages are dark and they don’t fax well."
In this introductory article you’ll learn how to:
Create a form
Add or edit fields
Add buttons so that patients can email the form to you
Save the form and enable it for your patients who use the free Adobe Reader software
Acrobat Forms Basics
Using Acrobat 9, you can create a form that is fillable for your patients who are using an earlier version of the free Adobe Reader. Adobe has distributed almost a billion copies of the free Adobe Reader, so it is very unlikely that your patient won’t be able to fill out the document.
Architecturally, the form fields "live" in a layer on top of the base document.
The basic steps to create a form are:
Find your form
If the form is on paper, scan it in. You can do that directly in Acrobat
Locate your existing Word, Excel, etc. form file
Use Acrobat to auto-recognize form fields on the document
Add, delete fields as necessary
Test the form
To make it easy to try this yourself, I’ve you can download the "flat" and completed forms below.