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How to Create PDF Forms on Mac (El Capitan Included)

It seems Apple has equipped Preview with many PDF features: review PDF files, mark up PDF with tools, delete & merge PDF pages, etc. However, the only thing it cannot do is to create PDF forms on Mac OS X. To accomplish the task, you should never rely on Preview, but a professional PDF form creator for Mac. Now in this article you will find a great solution.

Part 1Best PDF Form Creator for Mac (El Capitan Compatible)

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Here, I'd like to recommend you Wondershare PDFelement for Mac – an awesome PDF form maker for Mac. You can use it to create your own stylish form as it offers you free form templates and options to create text fields, buttons, lists and more. In addition to working as a form creator, it is also a form filler and form editor. With its help, you are able to fill out PDF forms and edit items as you want.

PDFelement for Mac can fully your PDF editing, creating and converting needs. You can make changes on PDF texts, images and pages, just like work with a Word processor. The advanced OCR technology even lets you turn scanned PDF into editable text. Besides, it allows you to convert PDF from or to various document formats.

Part 2Guide for Creating PDF Forms on Mac OS X

PDFelement is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.8 and 10.7. Download and install package for the Mac PDF form creating tool. If you have a Windows computer, you can try PDF Form Creator for Windows - Wondershare PDFelement. Now follow steps below to learn how to make PDF forms on Mac.

Step 1. Download a PDF Form Template

One way to make it efficient to create forms in Mac is to start with PDF form templates, rather than start from scratch. You can download PDF form templates from our template page or from the Internet. Then launch the software and click "Open File" to import the templates you downloaded.

Step 2. Create a PDF Form from Template

  • By default, when opening a PDF form template on Mac, all the interactive fields will be highlighted. This is the mode for filling out a form on Mac. Click the "Highlight Fields" button on the top information bar, then all the interactive fields will be editable. You can then fill the content.
  • If you want to modify the items, you can click "Forms > Edit Forms" to edit them or choose an option you need to add new items to your forms.

Step 3. Build PDF Form from Scratch

If you want to start from a blank document, you can go to "File > Create > Blank Document" to open a blank page. Then click the "Forms" button to show all the form elements like checkboxes, radio buttons, text fields and so on. Click one of the elements on the floated menu. Move mouse over a blank area to draw checkboxes, radio buttons, list box, etc.

Step 4. Edit Fields Properties

After adding an element, you can set the properties for the interactive field by double clicking on it. To align added interactive fields, go to the left side "More Form Options" to select one of the Align options.

Modify an existing field. Click to select the field. And then press Delete key to delete it. Or move your mouse to adjust its size. After drawing forms, you can then type in text.

Check the Video Tutorial of How to Create PDF Forms on Mac

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Posted by | @AudreySGoodwin
Published: May 18,2015 17:15 pm / Updated: Apr 20,2016 19:59 pm

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