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Title: Linked Text Frames issue
Post by: banjolasse on January 27, 2021, 04:21:38 pm
Hi!

I can't get linked text to work properly. I have a section I want the PDF user to be able to fill in over multiple lines.
I've set up the links like this
(https://i.ibb.co/jDb7Nqg/01.png) (https://ibb.co/nj6hG4z)

However, in Acrobat Reader the text field overshoots instead of continuing on the next line
(https://i.ibb.co/vPHF8r6/02.png) (https://ibb.co/5860Vzg)

When I tried to make sense of this I tried to fill the text boxes with lorem ipsum to see if they worked at all, and they seemed to work as intended in Scribus, like so
(https://i.ibb.co/Yd6RKTp/03.png) (https://ibb.co/M1b2j5M)

But in Reader each line behaves like a duplicate of the first.
(https://i.ibb.co/Jqq7cDx/04.png) (https://ibb.co/5kk81bY)

Why is this, and how do I fix it? Is it some export setting? I get the same behavior in a new project, and I have also tried both versions 1.4 and 1.5+

Very thankful for any help.
Title: Re: Linked Text Frames issue
Post by: Nermander on January 28, 2021, 12:49:53 pm
I think the linking of text frames only work in Scribus, I don't think the PDF form format has support for linked text frames.
Title: Re: Linked Text Frames issue
Post by: banjolasse on January 28, 2021, 01:40:28 pm
Oh, that's a shame if that's the case. I have used PDFs that work that way, but perhaps they were not created in Scribus.

Thanks, anyway.
Title: Re: Linked Text Frames issue
Post by: utnik on January 28, 2021, 01:49:43 pm
hi banjolasse

I have used PDFs that work that way…

are you sure? …if yes, could you provide such a .pdf form? – as i couldn't find anything about linked text fields in the adobe help.

utnik
Title: Re: Linked Text Frames issue
Post by: banjolasse on January 28, 2021, 02:58:00 pm
You're probably right, actually. I double checked that PDF and it's probably just a single box with multi-line support that I assumed was linked. Oh well  :D

Cheers.
Title: Re: Linked Text Frames issue
Post by: dragonfly on January 28, 2021, 03:21:18 pm
I found this discussion thread in a quick search .. https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat/how-to-link-two-or-more-text-field/td-p/1109259?page=1 (https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat/how-to-link-two-or-more-text-field/td-p/1109259?page=1).
Title: Re: Linked Text Frames issue
Post by: banjolasse on January 28, 2021, 05:06:01 pm
I found this discussion thread in a quick search .. https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat/how-to-link-two-or-more-text-field/td-p/1109259?page=1 (https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat/how-to-link-two-or-more-text-field/td-p/1109259?page=1).

Thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for! I found an even more refined version here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat/does-anyone-have-a-script-to-make-text-flow-to-a-second-field-when-first-field-is-full-first-field/td-p/9175658?page=1 (https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat/does-anyone-have-a-script-to-make-text-flow-to-a-second-field-when-first-field-is-full-first-field/td-p/9175658?page=1)
Title: Re: Linked Text Frames issue
Post by: Nermander on January 29, 2021, 12:18:05 pm
But I guess the solution with a script changing focus will only work if you are adding text at the end of a field.

If you are inserting text in the middle of the field, changing the focus when the field overflows will not give the desired result.
Title: Re: Linked Text Frames issue
Post by: banjolasse on February 02, 2021, 04:43:57 pm
Yes, this turned out to sort-of work, but it defeinitely has flaws. I realize now that what I really want is a simple multi-line field with a set line spacing and first line indent. However, when using PDF Text Fields, none of the settings or paragraph styles stay in effect when I export. It looks fine in Scribus, but it's a mess in Reader (see images).

In Scribus:
(https://i.ibb.co/wcYXHnZ/issueA.png) (https://ibb.co/BnwxDhH)

In Reader:
(https://i.ibb.co/2czDBS0/issueB.png) (https://ibb.co/JrYfPqW)

I have attached another document which I'm trying to mimic, where it works like I want it to. The field in question is the first on page 2.

Yet again thankful for any help  :-*