why do I need LiveCycle Designer to edit my form

I created a fillable form last year and now want to update it. When I try to use the Edit mode, I get a message saying it can't be modified in Acrobat and I have to use Adobe LiveCycle Designer to edit the form. How do I modify my own form in the Acrobat XI Pro I have?

John Hames

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The reason why you need LiveCycle Designer to edit your form is because it has been created with LiveCycle Designer. When that has happend, it can no longer be edited with Acrobat (because it is no longer a PDF, but an XFA, wrapped in a PDF shell, so that Acrobat/Reader can open it for use. It is as simple as that. XFA is a one way street (some people would say side track or dead-end).

Now, with Acrobat XI, Adobe is no longer throwing LiveCycle Designer after the buyers of Acrobat Pro for Windows. It is now a product of its own. If you have a legal copy of Acrobat X Pro, you should be entitled for a license of LCD; search in the forum here for the according link on the Adobe website.

Hope this can help.

Max Wyss.

By Max Wyss   

The link for more information about the free upgrade is here: http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/policy-pricing/upgrade-livecycle-designer-acrobat-xi.html

My understanding is that this works even with versions older than X - the page says "earlier version license of Acrobat Pro", I assume that is any version that came with Designer, but it could also be any version that is eligible for the upgrade pricing - which at this point would be 9 and X. If you have an older version, just fill out the form and see if they approve it.

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