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Fillable Form Fields with the same name are broken

Travis Lindsay

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Travis Lindsay

Creating and editing a pdf with "fillable forms" has issues whenever I add a fillable form field that has the same name as another field. It "appears" like the field is working fine until you open up the pdf in another program, (e.g. Adobe Acrobat), then the first field with the same name appears, but all subsequent occurrences of it are missing from the pdf. It seems like if I add fields with the same name to the same page it's fine, but if I have one on a different page that's when the issue occurs. This is a huge pain, and I've had to resort to using other programs to get it to work (e.g. it works fine doing the same thing in Adobe Acrobat), but I'd love to get this fixed in Nitro.

Looking for a workaround online, I saw on other posts that you can solve the issue by simply giving each field a unique name. However we use these fillable form pdfs as reports that we programmatically fill in using xfdf data later, and we rely on the fields that have the same name so we can just fill in repeating data like "FirstName" or "TotalPageNumber" using the same name, and don't have to do some weird hack in our backing data like "TotalPageNumber1" and "TotalPageNumber2..." just to get it to work. I tried submitting this issue via a support ticket, but all I get is "there was an issue submitting your request", so I'm trying my luck here on the forum :)

I'm running Nitro Pro, all you need to do to reproduce is add more than one fillable form field with the same name, and copy paste them on different pages, and then open it in Adobe Acrobat (or probably any other pdf editor) and you'll see the missing fields.

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