[Hidden-tech] Fill-in-the-blanks PDFs

Marcia Yudkin yudkinyudkin at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 24 15:41:32 EDT 2014

Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for all the input!

I have followup questions on a couple of things I'm still not clear about:

1)Which version of Adobe Reader must someone have in order to add notes?

2)With the right version of Adobe Reader, does being able to add notes require that the document have no security on it?

Thank you,
Marcia Yudkin

On Monday, March 24, 2014 8:11 AM, Lynne Rudié <lynnerudie at verizon.net> wrote:
Hi Marsha
I don't think you're going to be able to come up with a single perfect solution that will satisfy everybody, because everybody takes notes differently. But how about making a version that has an open vertical field, maybe an inch and a half wide, down one side of the page for notes. I thought of this because I know I tend to make short marginal notes when I study. If/when I run out of room I continue my thoughts on a separate page.  Doing this would make your text would run to more pages because it would have to be narrower too, of course. But at least your student(s) would be able to put short notes alongside the relevant text as they read. If their notes are too long they won't all fit, but it should be enough for most people.
I'll be interested to hear what you decide to do, and how your students react.

Lynne Rudié
Graphic Design
413.834.0889 (c)
lynnerudie at verizon.net

On Mar 23, 2014, at 7:26 PM, Marcia Yudkin <yudkinyudkin at yahoo.com> wrote:

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>Hi Listmates - 
>Occasionally I have a customer for one of my home-study courses who is quite insistent that they need to be able to take notes right in the document they are reading.
>I understand that it's possible to create PDFs where the reader can fill out forms online. But I imagine that there are some limitations with those? Wouldn't you have to create fields with a specified size rather than one that expands indefinitely?
>Which version of Adobe do you need in order to create one of these things?
>And do they still have security? So the average person can't quickly convert the whole document into text? (I realize any PDF can be cracked by someone knowledgeable.)
>Thank you for any insights, links or tips!
>Marcia Yudkin 
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