Creating forms

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    I am an elementary administrator and want to create a form that I can complete while conducting informal observations. Ideally, I would like to be able to complete the form, email it to the teacher, and store the data for future use. Is there an app for this?
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    Yes - the app you need is SignMyPad. It allows you to import a predefined PDF document - perhaps a spreadsheet that you created on the iPad using Apple's Numbers app and saved as PDF. In SignMyPad you can add 'radio buttons' and 'text boxes' which can be clicked on or completed as you go down the check list. The app also accepts handwriting input, so you can have a space for someone to sign the document. Then the document can be 'flattened' so that it can no longer be edited and then emailed or printed from within the app.

    Have a look at it in the iPad App Store. It's been highly recommended by several members.

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    Sorry to be a pain Tim but I've tried using this as it could be useful to school work but I seem to be doing something wrong. I've put in the URL and it downloads successfully but there is nothing there to look at. What am I doing wrong?
    Does this only use PDFs us make and not ones from the Internet? Confused?

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    OK - you have SignMyPad on your iPad. You see a PDF on the Internet and you look at it with, say, Safari. Safari downloads and opens the PDF. You 'touch' the PDF and you get the menu bar with the 'Open in' items. Can you choose 'Open with SignMyPad' there? I'm guessing you've done all this and, when you click on 'Open with SignMyPad' the iPad switches apps to SignMyPad but you then see nothing.

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    No, it doesnt give signwithpad at all, it gives goodreader, files, pages etc... So I tried emailing the link and also copying the URL into the app but no go. I will try when I get home but may have to email you again for extra help or with some success
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    PDF Expert will do fillable PDF forms

    create the form with Adobe acrobat.

    our team uses checklist forms with fillable areas for comments every day
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    Unfortunately I've bought this now but will try yours if no success though thanks
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    Dear Hayley,

    I'm not sure what the problem is - if you have a look at the SignMyPad entry in the App Store you'll see there - on the first page - a picture that shows someone opening a PDF document and the 'Open in SignMyPad' menu coming up.....

    Tim
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    Okay I've tried again. Here are the screen shots ! Knowing me I'm probably doing something wrong but aahgg

    Then the signmypad stays blank

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    Is there an empty form you can send me that I can use to see if it's the pdf I'm using

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    When you have multiple apps that can open PDF's are they in the list, but you need to scroll. Have you tried scrolling down the Open In... list? I know it is fairly basic and you have probably tried it already. But it is the only thing I can currently think off.


    Hold on.

    Your trying to open a .doc in SignMyPad, of course that is not going to work!
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    Yes, I think it's Dropbox that is missing, obviously couldn't stretch box of course. What do you think?

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    You aren't opening a PDF, that's all.
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    Okay! I'll try again.

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    Here's what you can do.

    -open the .doc in Pages
    -tap on the right pointing arrow in pages and select Email document
    -choose PDF and send it to your email
    -open the email and choose Open in...
    -SignMyPad should appear

    But honestly, using NoteTakerHD is easier, as it converts a .doc to PDF directly on import.
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    You are an absolute genius! I managed to get one of my PDF books to signmyipad and I also used your suggestion as well! Your lightbulb suggestion of it's not a PDF pinged into brain and I realised that was it but your suggestion above converted it from W( not sure if that's word) doc to PDF. Can't praise you enough but don't get a big head mind.

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    I am glad you got it working. And if me clutching at straws qualifies for being genius, than I am more than happy to be a straw clutcher :D
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    Clutching! Running with it and gaining the top of the mountain, more like!

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