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You Can Soon Fill PDF Forms and Save Using Google Chrome

After adding PDF annotation to Chrome, Google is bringing one more PDF related feature on-board to help people who work with a lot of PDF files. You will soon be able to fill PDF forms and save the file without resorting to workarounds like printing the PDF as another PDF after filling.

I spotted a new flag in the Canary version of Google Chrome, and it is most likely available in the Dev version too. The flag reads:

Save PDF Forms

Enable saving PDFs with filled form data. – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS

I tested this, but looks like things are still in work-in-progress here, because I could not get this to work. This is not surprising because we are talking about Canary channel and experimental flags. I have even seen developers adding flags first and then the feature later!

So, the good news is, you will soon be able to fill and save forms using Google Chrome. You wouldn’t need a separate app or software on your computer just for that purpose.

I like it when I can do more things with Chrome. I am just waiting for the day when Chrome wash clothes and drive cars. What about you?

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2 responses to “You Can Soon Fill PDF Forms and Save Using Google Chrome”

  1. Any updates or progress on this issue? My organization is a small non-profit. We use Chromebooks for all of our work. Our web-based client database fills in government published pdf forms. The forms fill correctly, but cannot be saved or printed without losing all the information that has been filled in. It does work on a Windows machine with Adobe Acrobat Pro installed, but we cannot provide or support Windows machines for our staff. The database vendor blames this on the fact that browsers including Chrome have dropped support for NPAPI, and therefore Acrobat/Acrobat Reader plug-in does not work on these browsers anymore to display the PDF. Any fix to this in Chrome would be a lifesaver

  2. Current Google Chrome Canary version still does not support PDF form filling. Any update on this? Does anyone know if they are planning to restore this functionality?


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