Posts in Category "Designer"

XFA-based PDF forms on Firefox 19

With the release of Firefox 19, Mozilla introduced a built-in PDF viewer. However, the XFA-based PDF forms do not open in the PDF viewer, by default. To open these forms using Firefox 19, you’d need to configure Firefox to open PDFs in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

For more details on how to accomplish this, see the knowledge base article at http://helpx.adobe.com/livecycle/kb/xfa-forms-mozilla-firefox-19.html.

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LiveCycle Designer accessibility resources

LiveCycle Designer allows designers to design accessible forms, that are usable by people with various disabilities. Accessible forms also help designers comply with various laws and accessibility standards, such as Section 508. LiveCycle Designer also provides support for creating accessible XHTML files (using LiveCycle Forms) and PDF forms.

If you are working with accessible forms, you will find the following official resources very useful:

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Exciting new articles on using Managed Review & Approval Solution Accelerator 9.5

Here are two more great posts from Alexandra Phillips on Managed Review & Approval Solution Accelerator 9.5. You will certainly find these post useful if you are implementing Managed Review & Approval as Alexandra shows you how to display a list of participants in the review emails and how to retrieve a RSS XML file to list all the comments made by reviewers for a document!

Check out the following articles:

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Exciting new tutorial using LiveCycle Designer 9.5

Twin Technologies continues to share their knowledge with the Adobe LiveCycle community. Jack Freudenheim and Benjamin P. Lyons show you how to prepopulate drop-down lists in a dynamic PDF form using a back-end datasource in a tutorial. Check out this very informative tutorial here.

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Top 10 Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform – Designer features

With the latest release, Adobe renamed LiveCycle Designer to Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform Document Services – Designer 10.

In a recent article posted on the Adobe Developer Connection web site, Niall O’Donovan of Assure Dynamics provides a concise summary of the new features available in Designer 10.

Niall O’Donovan is a regular contributor to Adobe forums, and the recipient of the Adobe Enterprise Developer User Forum Award for 2010.

My top 10 Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform – Designer features
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/livecycle/articles/top-10-adep-designer-features.html

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Tutorial to bind dynamic fields to a data schema

Do you want to learn how to bind dynamic forms fields to schema in Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES2? Here is a tutorial provided by one of our Adobe partners, Twin Technologies! The article is posted on Adobe DevNet here.

Enjoy!

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Just a button?

Buttons are an important part of designing a form. They provide a means to perform actions but what about their appearance? When creating buttons, think about characteristics that can intuitively imply their functionality and use. This blog article talks about the purpose of buttons and how to make them more engaging. Sample included!

Buttons

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Tutorial: Designing Interactive PDF Forms

With LiveCycle Designer you can create interactive PDF forms. Interactive PDF forms are useful for gathering information from recipients who want to complete and submit the form online, as well as print a copy of the form.

Below is a link to a comprehensive tutorial written by Samartha Vashishtha, which explains how to create and distribute an interactive form. This tutorial discusses how to create the form, key consideration to keep in mind while creating the form, how to distribute the form, how to manage responses, and how to use scripting for conditional fields.

The tutorial also includes a link to a sample form, which you can view as you follow along.

For more information, see http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pcs/index.php?q=node/1879

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A sample to help you lay out a form design

Sometimes it’s easier to lay out a form design when you start with a sample that demonstrates the layout options available to you. It also helps to know the visual feedback you can offer to users when they interact with a form. Below is a link to an article that contains tips and a LiveCycle Designer ES2 sample that demonstrates the field layout options and visual effects you can use in a form. Open the form sample in LiveCycle Designer to see how it’s done.  See Laying out a form
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How to sum the values in numeric field objects

LiveCycle Designer customers often want to add simple calculations to a form, like calculating the sum of the values in two or more numeric field objects.

The following example shows how to write a script that calculates the sum of numeric field objects using FormCalc.

To perform calculations, FormCalc needs to know what objects in the form to include in the calculation. As a result, you need to name the Numeric Field objects that you want to sum on the Binding tab. Once you’ve named the numeric field objects, you can write a simple script using the field names, so that FormCalc knows exactly which fields to sum.

For example, if you have a numeric field object called grandTotal in which you want to display the sum of four other numeric field objects called total, stateTax, federalTax and shippingCharges, the FormCalc script you apply to the grandTotal numeric field object would look like this:

sum (total, stateTax, federalTax, shippingCharge)

Here is a summary of the steps involved:

  1. Add the numeric field objects to the form.
  2. Name each numeric field object in the Name box on the Binding tab.
  3. Select the numeric field object that you want to calculate the sum. For example, “grandTotal”
  4. In the Show list in the Script editor, select Calculate.
  5. In the Language list,select FormCalc .
  6. Add the “sum” script shown above to the Script Editor.
  7. Preview and test the form.

To learn more about writing simple scripts to make calculations, have a look at the tutorial called Creating a Purchase Order Form located here.

LiveCycle Designer also includes a sample form snippet called Calculate the Field Sum (CalculateSum.xdp), which demonstrates how to calculate sums of fields that are at different levels in the form hierarchy. Form Snippets are installed in the EN\Samples\Form Snippets folder under the Adobe LiveCycle Designer installation folder. The topic Calculating the field sums in the Designer Help (Creating Calculations and Scripts > Examples of Common Scripting Tasks) also demonstrates how to calculate the sums of fields located at different levels of the form hierarchy.

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