With the current popularity of tablets and smart phones the ability to use fillable PDF forms while on the move has become increasingly popular
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With the current popularity of tablets and smart phones the ability to use fillable PDF forms while on the move has become increasingly popular.

People on the move, such as sales representatives or maintenance workers, to name just two, can now fill in electronic PDF's on their mobile devices while onsite or on the go. No need to wait until you get back to the office, where you need to remember what work was completed or what order was taken, hours or even days before. Now you can type into a fillable PDF form while onsite, straight from your iOS, Android or Windows smart phone, tablet or laptop.

Complete Document Formatting is now offering the service of creating fillable PDF forms, or turning existing documents into a fillable PDF form for use on iOS and Android smart phones and tablets, Windows smart phones and tablets or existing laptops and desktops.

If you would like to discuss your options with us, please contact us via the Quick Contact link to the left or via our contacts page.

Below are a few questions to help you better understand what fillable PDF forms are and how Complete Document Formatting can help you with any PDF form requirements.

What are Electronic/Fillable PDF Forms?

Electronic or Fillable PDF forms are PDF files with custom fields that a user can fill in each field with required information, electronically. On all laptops, desktops and Windows tablets, the software used to open and fill in these forms is AdobeĀ® ReaderĀ® which is free to download. But on mobile devices such as iPhones & iPads and Android phones & tablets, an app needs to be downloaded (and possibly purchased for a nominal fee) to be able to access/type into the form fields.

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What can I do on an Electronic/Fillable PDF Form?

Electronic forms have a similar format to web forms wherein you may use fields such as:

Arrow Text Fields:   Name:
Arrow Drop Down Lists:   State:
Arrow Numeric Fields:   Post Code:
Arrow Radio Buttons:   Subscribe?: Yes No
Arrow Check Boxes:   Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4 Option 5
Arrow Date Fields:   Date:

and other items such as Auto Sum Fields* (a field that calculates a number such as Item X Qty = Total), Electronic Signatures* or Manual Signatures* (where you can sign with your finger or a stylus).

Note that not all devices can access all the features of fillable PDF forms, so below we have provided an example file which you can download to your device to try out each feature.

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Why would I need an Electronic/Fillable PDF Form?

Fillable PDF forms can be handy, for example, if you work outside of your office and need a handy way to record information. Such as completing onsite repairs or maintenance, you may need some type of checklist or need to keep a record of the work performed. You can store the form on your mobile device and fill in the information onsite as you do it, instead of waiting until you get back to the office and have to try and remember all the details. Sales Representatives can use fillable forms to take down customer orders while visiting the customer.

Fillable PDF Forms can also be used to send to clients/customers via email or you can make it available via a link on your website. When your customer receives the form, they fill it in electronically and send it back to you.

If being completed on a mobile device, once filled in, the forms can be emailed back to Head Office or even sent as a copy to the client**.

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What Software/App, if any, do I need?

These forms are created with Adobe software, therefore you will need Adobe Reader© on your computer/device in order to fill it in.

We have run exhaustive tests on various iOS and Android apps that mention being able to fill in PDF forms, but Adobe Reader© is the only app that works well with these forms. Note that not all features work on all devices. Below is a list of the Adobe apps for your device of choice and some download links. If any issues are known, the issues are listed when clicking on 'Known Issues'.

If you have an app installed on your device that is not listed below, please download our test form below to test what features work for you.

If you find an app you think may help you fill in pdf forms that is not mentioned below, please contact us to see if we've already tested it. If not, we'll purchase and fully test the app before you do in case it doesn't work, saving you time and money.

Please note: Some features that were missing may appear if the app has received an update from the app developer. If a feature you need is missing below, please contact us and we can advise if it now appears.

Mac & PC Laptops & Desktops /
Windows Tablets


Click to download Adobe® Reader® for Free

Adobe Reader©




Apple iPad


Acrobat Reader

Acrobat Reader




Apple iPhone/iPod Touch


Acrobat Reader

Acrobat Reader




Android Devices


Adobe Reader for Android

Adobe Reader
for Adroid



Android Tablet
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Electronic/Fillable PDF Form Example

As mentioned above, some form features don't work on certain devices. We have therefore provided an example document so you can test what features are accessible with your device. Then you can plan what features you need on your form that will work with your device.

The simplest way is to view this page on your device, click the download button below and open the document in the appropriate software/app on the device. Alternatively you can download the file from your laptop or computer and transfer it onto your device.

Please click the form on the right to download the Complete Document Formatting Electronic PDF Test Form.

Click to download Electronic PDF Test Form (1.3 mb)

Please note: in order to open the file on your device, you must have the above mentioned app/s installed on your device. This could incur a cost if the app is not free.

If you find an app you think may help you fill in pdf forms that is not mentioned above, please contact us and we'll purchase and fully test the app before you do in case it doesn't work, saving you time and money.

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What can I do with a form once it's filled in?

Once a form is filled in the following actions may be available to you depending on which software/app you use to fill in the form:

  • Make a copy of the file and save it on your device.
  • Send a copy of the file either by pressing a 'send form' button on the form or via a 'send' feature in the menu to anybody, usually via email but some apps have other sending features such as wifi, bluetooth, mms, email etc.
  • Flatten the file (if available in the app) before sending. Flattening can be used for security purposes because it stops the file from being editable after flattening.
  • Print the file to a printer straight from your device (if available in the app).
  • Upload the file to a third party site such as Google Docs or Drop Box etc (if available in the app).
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Can I send you an existing PDF to turn into an Electronic/Fillable PDF Form?

Absolutely! If you have an existing PDF or other document you would like to have converted into an Electronic/Fillable PDF Form, we can do that for you.

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What does it cost?

The rate for this service is $65.00 per hour charged at pro rata.

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More Electronic/Fillable PDF Form Examples

To see an example of previous Electronic/Fillable PDF Forms Complete Document Formatting has completed for other clients, please see the Electronic/Fillable PDF Forms section of the Portfolio page.

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If you would like to discuss your Electronic/Fillable PDF Form options, please
click the Quick Contact Link to the left, or
contact us via our Contacts Page

* Please note there are still limitations. Not all PDF form fields are compatible with all the softwares listed. If you have any concerns about needed fields, please download the example form above or contact Complete Document Formatting via the Quick Contact Link to the left, or contact us via our Contacts Page to discuss your electronic PDF form needs.

** Your device will need internet access in order to send files.

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