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Adobe LiveCycle Designer - Getting Started

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Discussing features and drawbacks of Adobe LiveCycle Designer; basic features and examples.

Discussing features and drawbacks of Adobe LiveCycle Designer; basic features and examples.

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  • 1. How to create interactive forms and track response data Presented by: Jeremy Harder Michigan Association of School Administrators Technology & Design Coordinator j jharder@gomasa.org
  • 2.  http://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle/designer/  60 DayTrial Download
  • 3. An overview of the LiveCycle Enterprise Suite
  • 4.  Livecycle Enterprise Suite (ES) is a platform for developing custom workflows  Databases and forms are used to complete tasks  Example of how ES might be used: http://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle/
  • 5.  Gathering form data via theWeb is not intuitive  Development/Web-coding knowledge required for intermediate to advanced functionality
  • 6. LiveCycle can replace paper forms without much hassle
  • 7.  Designer is a spin-off that is packaged with Adobe Acrobat Professional  Designer can be used to build static and dynamic PDF forms
  • 8.  Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite  ES Modules Installed on Web accessible server to process data ▪ Forms ▪ Digital Signatures ▪ Mosaic ▪ Etc  LiveCycle Designer Installed on your workstation. Modules not required to distribute forms. ▪ PDF creation tools ▪ PDF distribution
  • 9.  Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro now includes form field tools, and distribution functions  The difference is that Designer allows for scripting
  • 10. Screen capture from http://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle/forms/  Forms is a module for LiveCycle ES  Forms handles user-submitted data and routes it to…  Databases  Processes  Users
  • 11. Screen capture from http://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle/forms/
  • 12.  Static  User input fields  Can be printed  Interactive  Fields can be validated (required, pattern match)  Subforms can be hidden/revealed based on input Example
  • 13.  DesignView  XML Source  Master PageView  PDF Preview
  • 14.  Examples of form objects:  Text field  Image Field  Email Field  Numeric Field  Buttons
  • 15.  Frequently used combinations can be saved as form fragments and easily reused  Shift-click to select all objects to include. Right click -> Fragments -> Create New
  • 16.  LiveCycle Designer comes packaged with some great pre-built forms:
  • 17.  Word and Excel documents can be imported and converted to PDF forms in the wizard.
  • 18.  Start with a blank page
  • 19.  FormCalc equations are similar to spreadsheet formulas  Field value calculations ensure correct data submissions and save time for your users
  • 20.  Make required (and provide error messages)  Pattern match
  • 21.  Save as a PDF and store/send as needed  Distribute via email using LiveCycle Designer  Distribute via acrobat.com using LiveCycle Designer  Stores the form to your account  Accessible to others via URL  Drawback: No data submission handling built-in
  • 22.  Print and fax  Email  Via form button (may not work for some users)  User initiated  HTTP submit  Requires handling script onWeb server
  • 23.  Open the PDF in Acrobat Pro  Go to Advanced -> Extend Features in Adobe Reader  Distributed PDF will now allow users to Save As… PDF  Still not perfect though…  Email Submit button will continue to save as XML instead of PDF  Use with caution. Include specific how-to instructions in form document
  • 24.  Example of Acrobat generated results file
  • 25. How to create interactive forms and track response data Presented by: Jeremy Harder MichiganAssociation of SchoolAdministrators Technology & Design Coordinator jharder@gomasa.org