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Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
Making the most of PDF forms
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Making the most of PDF forms

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Vikrant Rai and Samartha Vashishtha delivered this presentation at the 2010 STC India Conference, New Delhi. …

Vikrant Rai and Samartha Vashishtha delivered this presentation at the 2010 STC India Conference, New Delhi.

This presentation discusses how you can easily create PDF forms using Acrobat and/or LiveCycle Designer, the native PDF form creation application available with Adobe Acrobat Professional.

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  • The file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 is used for representing two-dimensional documents in a manner independent of the application software, hardware, and operating system. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout 2D document that includes the text, fonts, images, and 2D vector graphics which compose the documents. 3D drawings can also be embedded in PDF documents.
  • Image Courtesy: http://acrobatusers.com/tutorials/adobe-designer-or-acrobat-forms
  • Form Courtesy: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/manager-feedback-form-TC001091632.aspx

    Create a sample Word document form.
    Convert the word doc to PDF.
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    • 1. White Master Replace with a graphic 5.5” Tall & 4.3” Wide Copyright 2010 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 1 Making the most of PDF Forms Samartha Vashishtha Vikrant Rai
    • 2. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 2 Workshop Outline  Introduction  Some real-world applications  Prerequisites  Workflow  Creating the form  Distributing the form  Managing responses  Using scripting for conditional fields  Analysis and reporting possibilities  Further reading 2
    • 3. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 3 Getting Started  Acrobat 7 Pro or later  LiveCycle Designer  http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/ 3
    • 4. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 4 Introduction  Portable Document Format (PDF) is an open standard for document exchange.  PDF is the ISO standard 32000-1  Forms were introduced in the PDF 1.2 format. PDF Forms permit using objects (text boxes, radio buttons, etc.) and some code (JavaScript/FormCalc).  Alongside the standard PDF action types, Interactive forms support submitting, resetting, and importing data. 4
    • 5. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 5 Real World Applications  Customer satisfaction surveys  Help desk requests  Feedback on products or services  Purchase orders  Quotes  Request for Quotes  Status reports  Editorial checklists  Handoff checklists  Performance appraisals 5
    • 6. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 6 Advantages of using PDF Forms  Easily create electronic forms all by yourself — no need for assistance from IT or a designer  Make your electronic forms look just like existing paper forms  Make static forms interactive by adding text fields, check boxes, and drop-down menus  Create customized experiences with interactive forms that change based on user input  Allow virtually anyone to fill in and save PDF forms using free Adobe Reader® software  Track the status of forms to find out who completed them  Export data to spreadsheets and XML for analysis and reporting 6
    • 7. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 7 Two ways to create forms 7
    • 8. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 8 Workflow 8
    • 9. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 9 Use Acrobat Forms Editor 1. Convert the form to PDF  Scan and OCR a paper form as PDF  Convert a document to PDF  Form in native application 2. In Acrobat, choose Forms > Start Forms Wizard. 3. Choose An Existing Electronic Document and click Next. 4. Browse to the file and click OK. 5. Acrobat creates a form. 6. Tweak the form and fix issues. 7. Save. 9
    • 10. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 10 Setting Field Properties  General  Appearance  Options  Actions  Format  Validate  Calculate 10
    • 11. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 11 Field types  Barcodes Encode the input from selected fields and display it as a visual pattern that can be interpreted by decoding software or hardware (available separately).  Buttons Initiate a change on the user’s computer, such as opening a file, playing a sound, or submitting data to a web server. These buttons can be customized with images, text, and visual changes  Check boxes Present yes-or-no choices for individual items.  Combo boxes Let the user either choose an item from a pop-up menu or type a value.  Digital signature field Lets the user electronically sign a PDF document with a digital signature.  List boxes Display a list of options the user can  Radio buttons Present a group of choices from which the user can select only one item. All radio buttons with the same name work together as a group.  Text fields Let the user type text, such as name, address, or phone number. 11
    • 12. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 12 Create a form using LiveCycle Designer ES 1. In Acrobat 9, select Form > Form Wizard. 2. Select No Existing Form in the Create Or Edit Form dialog box. 3. Click Next. Acrobat launches LiveCycle Designer in a separate window. 4. In the New Form Assistant, select one of the following options:  Select Use A Blank Form if you want to create a form from scratch.  If you want to customize an available form template according to your requirements, select Based On A Template. 5. Click Next. 12
    • 13. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 13 Using LiveCycle Designer 1. Finish the New Form Assistant wizard by specifying the additional information requested. If you chose to model your form after a template, you’ll be asked to pick one of the many available templates. If you chose to create your form from scratch, specify page settings and the basic buttons that you’d want to add to it. 2. Once you’ve completed the New Form Assistant wizard, you can use intuitive, easy-to-use building blocks – such as text fields, numeric fields, text areas, drop-down lists, list boxes, and radio buttons – to design your form further.  You can also tweak the look and feel of the form on the master page. 13
    • 14. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 14 Understanding form design 14
    • 15. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 15 Key considerations  Include instructions for completing and submitting the form.  Include tool-tips for fields.  Assign a unique, easy-to-remember Name to each field on the Object > Binding page.  To make a field mandatory for users to fill-in, select User Entered - Required for the field from the Type drop-down menu on the Object - Value page.  You can specify available options for drop-down lists and list boxes on the Object - Field page.  Radio buttons are added to the form in mutually-exclusive groups to provide “one out of many” choices to the user.  When you add two radio buttons to the form consecutively, they are automatically added to the same radio group. 15
    • 16. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 16 Preview the form  While you are designing a form, you can quickly preview the results in the Preview tab. 16
    • 17. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 17 Ensure compatibility with older versions of Adobe Reader 1. In LiveCycle Designer, click File > Form Properties > Defaults. 2. Choose Acrobat And Adobe Reader 7.0.5 or later from the Choose Version To Run Form In drop-down menu. 3. Click OK. 17
    • 18. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 18 Tea Break 18
    • 19. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 19 Advanced: Use scripts for Conditional Fields Thoughtful use of scripting goes a long way when you’re creating PDF forms. While LiveCycle Designer offers extensive scripting capabilities for power users, even users new to programming can leverage simple JavaScript and FormCalc constructs to build intelligence into their forms. In particular, we find the ability to create conditional fields – fields that accept input or become mandatory fields based on the selection in a radio button group – very useful. 19
    • 20. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 20 Different methods of distribution  Automatically with Acrobat.com  Automatically with an Internal Server – a network folder or a Sharepoint workspace  Manually using Email 20
    • 21. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 21 Distributing the form 1. Copy the PDF form file to a dedicated folder. This folder should be retained all through until the registration drive for the conference is complete. 2. Use Adobe Acrobat to open the PDF form from the folder. 3. In Acrobat, click Forms > Distribute Form. 4. Choose Manually Collect Responses In My Email Inbox from the How Do You Want To Collect Responses drop-down menu. Click Next. 5. Choose Save A Local Copy And Manually Send It Later and click Next. 6. Click Finish on the Distribute Forms screen. You’ll now have the following additional PDF files in the folder where you copied the PDF file:  [form name]_distributed.pdf  [form name]_responses.pdf These two files, together with the PDF form file, should be retained all through the registration drive. Responses that you receive will be added to the [form name] _responses.pdf file and will also be visible through the Adobe Tracker. 7. Upload the [form name]_distributed.pdf file to the conference website, so that it is available to users for download and submission. 21
    • 22. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 22 Adobe Tracker 22
    • 23. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 23 Adding responses 1. Double-click the attachment from the email and wait for Adobe Acrobat to open it. 2. In the Add Completed Form to Responses File dialog box, ensure that the correct [form_name]_responses.pdf file is selected and click OK. Acrobat will add the response and open Adobe Tracker to display all responses received so far. 23
    • 24. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 24 Managing & archiving responses  Whenever required, you can use the Archive in the Adobe Tracker to create a consolidated archive PDF ([form name]_archive.pdf) containing all received responses. You can also use the Export option in the Adobe Tracker to export the responses in one of the following formats:  A CSV spreadsheet that can be edited using spreadsheet applications  An XML file that can be manipulated further. 24
    • 25. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 25 Adobe Community Help Acrobat Help: http://www.adobe.com/support/acrobat/ Make your documentation better! See this blog post to know how! 25
    • 26. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 26 About the presenters Samartha Vashishtha  The Doc Fox: blogs.adobe.com/samartha  @samarthav  samartha@adobe.com Vikrant Rai  Caveat Lector: blogs.adobe.com/vikrant  @vikrantrai  Vikrant.Rai@adobe.com 26
    • 27. ® Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe confidential. 27

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