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Paperless: Real-World Solutions with Adobe Technology.

Case studies of today's most successful paperless solutions with Adobe Acrobat, LiveCycle and InDesign Server.

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Paperless: Real-World Solutions with Adobe Technology.

LiveCycle Designer is a powerful tool for creating interactive and dynamic PDF forms. This book will show you how.

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Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES4: Creating Dynamic PDF and HTML5 Forms for Desktop and Mobile Applications.

Supporting Files

Adobe LiveCycle Designer, Second Edition includes many hands-on demos and lessons using these supporting files.

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Change of Address Demo

Change of Address Demo.

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FormCalc User Reference

If you're interested in exploring FormCalc further, Adobe provides this FormCalc User Reference.

PDFFormCalc User Reference

Working with the Event Model

Here is some information about the event scripting model properties and methods from Adobe's online Help system.

LINKWorking with the Event Model

Action Builder Exercise

If you need the benefits of scripting but don’t have the time to master JavaScript, Designer’s Action Builder may be the tool you’re looking for. This sample exercise will help you learn how to use the Action Builder in LiveCycle Designer.

PDFAction Builder Exercise

Acrobat Forms API Reference

The Adobe Acrobat Forms plug-in allows a Portable Document Format (PDF) document to act as a form; that is, the Acrobat equivalent of a paper form with fields. This document is a reference for developers who want to take advantage of the Forms API.

PDFAcrobat Forms API Reference (Acrobat 6.0)

Converting Acrobat JavaScript for Use in LiveCycle Designer Forms

Acrobat forms and LiveCycle Designer forms have different scripting object models, although most of the Acrobat forms model is supported in LiveCycle Designer forms. This document describes the differences and explains how to handle the conversion to help make the conversion as easy and effective as possible.

PDFConverting Acrobat JavaScript for Use in LiveCycle Designer Forms

XFA-based PDF forms on Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

The built-in PDF viewer introduced with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome do not support XFA-based PDF forms. Therefore, XFA-based PDF forms do not open in later versions of Firefox and Chrome. This link explains steps necessary to configure Firefox and Chrome to open PDFs using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

LINKXFA-based PDF forms on Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

Font Handling in LiveCycle Designer

Here are some guidelines for font handling and font mapping using the the Designer.xci file

LINKFont Handling in LiveCycle Designer.

Mobile Forms Architecture

Here is a link to Adobe's Help documentation about the LiveCycle Mobile Forms architecture.

LINKMobile Forms Architecture

Creating a Custom Profile

Use this resource from Adobe's website to help you create a custom profile.

LINKCreating a Custom Profile

Adobe Supported Browsers

Here is the latest list of supported browsers and devices for Mobile Forms developed using Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES4 with the Adobe LiveCycle Forms Pro ES4 server module.

LINKSupported browsers and devices for Mobile Forms

Scripting Support for HTML Forms

A list of scripting objects that are available for HTML forms along with the scripting properties and methods that each object supports.

LINKScripting Support for HTML Forms

Best Practices for HTML Forms

Last updated: 1-16-2014. Chapter 7 from the Adobe LiveCycle Designer, Second Edition book.

PDFBest Practices for HTML Forms

Developing Custom Components

You can develop components within a Java integrated development environment (IDE), such as Eclipse, that you can deploy to the LiveCycle server. Components are independent units of production that contain operations that plug into LiveCycle server. Components are combined with other components to build applications using LiveCycle Workbench. By developing components, you can extend LiveCycle server by adding functionality to meet your business requirements.

LINKDeveloping Custom Components

Adobe LiveCycle Process Management ES4

With the Adobe LiveCycle Process Management ES4 module you can rapidly build user-centric process applications with real-time process monitoring controls.

PDFAdobe LiveCycle Process Management ES4

About This Book

Creating intelligent forms can be challenging. Forms have to present critical information in a compact format. Interactive forms that respond to data entry by the user requires some programming. Dynamic forms also have to work seamlessly with the database that collects customer information. Plus, forms need to be designed well to eliminate confusion and entice completion by the user.

As shown in this book, LiveCycle Designer addresses the many objectives of forms creation. It offers a digital handshake between the graphic designer and the data programmer. LiveCycle Designer lets forms designers create more compelling and dynamic documents than is possible with Acrobat or Microsoft Word. Forms created with LiveCycle designer automatically expand to accommodate different amounts of data and report that information back to a database. The new version of LiveCycle Designer (ES4) allows for the first time forms to be deployed in HTML5 format, so they can be used on a wider array of devices (page sizes can adjust to smaller screens) and in a wider range of software systems (no special reader or plugin needed to use them, just a Web browser).

Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES4: Creating Dynamic PDF and HTML5 Forms for Desktop and Mobile Applications shows design strategies as well as the technical underpinnings of PDF and XFA (Adobe XML Forms Architecture), the tools necessary to create intelligent forms. This new edition also comes with instructor ancillaries to facilitate its use in training classes.