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Preview PDF causes fatal error


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Whenever I click on the Preview PDF tab, I get a visual c++ debug popup window saying that the program has terminated "abnormally".  Is there a known bug, or is this an isolated issue with my installation?  My work around is to just save the document and view the pdf in adobe reader.

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Level 9


Do you work with the Designer opened for a long time ?

Is your form too long ?

Do you do frequent copy-paste operation in the script?

Do you have many depenedent fields?

If your answe to these question is yes, then there might be problem in your form. I have also experienced this kind of problems.Below are few discussions which may help you.




Level 10


I had the same issue last week.

Try the following:

Open Acrobat's preferences and deaktivate the option "Display PDF in Browser".

Then close and Acrobat and Designer.

Reopen Acrobat and reactivate the option again.

Reopen Designer and check if the preview is working.

Hope this helps.


Level 2

I don't know what you mean by dependent fields, but the answer to all

the other questions is "yes".  So, I created a new form - the simplest of forms, with just a small text.  Sadly, even after rebooting, starting designer and immediately opening this simple form, the problem persists.


Level 2


I followed these steps, but to no avail.