How To Upgrade To New Sheet
Bring Character from old To New Sheet

Last updated 29 October 2020

MPMB’s Character Record Sheet is just a PDF file, meaning that it can’t update itself with newer features like a piece of software can. Instead, you can download the latest version and import your character from an older file into the newer version.

You can see in the video below how to do that, as well as read it in the steps detailed below the video.

Here are the steps followed in the video:

  1. Open the newest version of MPMB’s Character Record Sheet PDF in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and make sure no other PDFs are open in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.
  2. Click the Import button , (or Functions >> Import/Export bookmark).
  3. In the menu that opens, select Import a character directly from another MPMB’s Character Sheet PDF.
  4. This will open a dialog that gives you 2 options. The 1st option is a faster solution in the long term, but the 2nd option is easier and quicker if you are doing this only once. Click the button at the bottom that reads Click here to Open the Console.
  5. This will open a window called JavaScript Debugger with some instructions in it. Select the line that reads StartDirectImport(); and, while it is selected, press Ctrl + ENTER.
  6. This should open a dialog named IMPORT FROM PDF DIALOG. Click the Browse button and navigate to the older PDF that you want to import into the newer.
  7. The dialog should now update with the path to the file in the input field. Lastly, confirm the dialog by clicking Import (takes a while).
  8. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC will be unresponsive while it imports the old character sheet into the new. Once it is done, you will see a pop-up message telling you if the the import succeeded or failed and some additional information what to look out for. Please read this pop-up carefully, as it will inform you of things you need to check.
  9. Now save this file and open your old character sheet along side it. Go though the new file and see if everything imported correctly and fix anything you manually altered in the old file that wasn’t imported correctly.

If your old character sheet you want to update is v12.998 or older, you will run into an issue. v12.998 and older versions of MPMB’s Character Record Sheet included more than just the SRD content and had no functionality to import additional content. As a result, when you import a character over, you might see missing subclass features, missing feat descriptions, missing background features, and missing racial traits.

To remedy this issue, make sure to load import scripts for all the content that you are using. This may sound difficult, but there is a guide how to do this and a community of fans making import scripts.