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October 23, 2013

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October 14, 2013

FormsCentral Pro Tip: “For Internal Use Only”

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve encountered a few different individuals who’ve asked me the same interesting question: they had to add a section to their forms that wouldn’t be filled out by the form respondents, but by the people who’d be working with the data. This would be the section you sometimes see on forms called “For Internal Use Only”; it’s a way for administrators and data collectors to categorize or qualify form responses as they read through the submissions. How could they do that with FormsCentral?

As we all pondered the issue, it occurred to us that this was a really, really easy thing to do: all you need to do is add a few extra columns in the response table in the “View Responses” tab. Here’s what I mean:

Internal Use Only columns

All I had to do was add a few extra columns at the end of the response table; I colored them red so I’d know where the form stopped and where my internal-only information began. In this example, the columns were to write down a student’s grade on the quiz, who graded the quiz, and any extra notes about the student’s work. (It’s also worth noting that since the FormsCentral response table supports basic formulas, you could use these columns to compute data using the responses to the form. Fancy!)

The extra columns also allow you to filter your responses according to your own categories instead of having to choose from the questions people answer on your form. If you create a list of categories to apply to each form response as they come in – for example, a grading system like A, A-, B+, B, and so on – you can then go back in and filter the data to show only those quizzes that received grades of A- or better; basically, you’re filtering data according to information you applied to the responses after they were submitted. Here’s how you format a column to restrict the entry options:

  • Open up the “table” menu; it’s the third button from the left when you’re in your View Responses tab:

"Table" menu

  • Click “Choices”, then click “Include a list of choices…”:

Include List of Choices

  • Add choices to populate the list that you’ll be able to choose from when categorizing form responses; when you’re done, click “Close” to return to your responses.

Add Choices

  • Back in your response table, use the drop-down that appears in the selected cell in that column:

Drop down of choices

Forgive me for being a FormsCentral geek for a minute here, but I think that’s SO COOL.

What makes this so helpful is that these columns won’t show up on the form, so there’s no risk of your form respondents seeing the categories or criteria you’re using to organize the submissions; whether you’re grading quizzes, fielding employment applications, or just tagging data, it’s a great way to keep your responses organized and neatly filed on your own terms.

Psst.. do you have a FormsCentral use case you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear it! Let us know how you’re using FormsCentral by leaving a comment below.

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October 7, 2013

Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader Printing Tricks and Tips

Do you still do any old school printing jobs at work or at home? You know, putting some brand new white sheets of empty space into a paper tray, clicking “Print” and letting the ink cartridge paint your creation before the big, clunky machine spits out your document? Yes, it’s 2013 and it seems like most things exist only on your computer, phone or tablet. However, we know some of you still need to print out PDF files on paper. To those folks, this blog post is for you! Below are a few printing tasks and tips that will help you with your everyday PDF file printing.

 

Print in black and white

You don’t have to use valuable and potentially expensive color ink on a print job, especially if you’re printing the rough draft of a file. You can print a color PDF in shades of gray (also known as grayscale or composite gray). In the Print dialog box, enable Print In Grayscale (Black and White).

 

Print multiple pages on a sheet

Save even more space when you print a long document. You can print more than one page of a PDF onto a single page for easy and fast reviewing. Printing multiple pages per sheet is also called n-up printing (such as 2-up or 6-up). You decide how the pages are ordered, either horizontally across the page or in vertical columns.

 

Print a document’s comments

If you are reviewing a PDF file, you may want to make comments or use sticky notes. A sticky note has a note icon that appears on the page and a pop-up note for your text message. You can print these mark-ups as part of the document, or print them separately. To print them with your document, here are the options you’ve got:

 

To print a summary of the comments:

In the Comments and Forms area, click Summarize Comments.

 

To print all drawing markups:

In the Comments and Forms area, choose Document and Markups.

 

To print comments on a page:

  1. Open the Preferences dialog box, click Comments category on the left, and select Print Notes and Pop-Ups.
  2. Deselect Hide Comment Pop-ups When Comment List Is Open.
  3. Open the pop-up comments that you want to print.
  4. Adjust their placement on the page so that they don’t overlap or spill off the page.
  5. Click the Print tool .
  6. In the Comments and Forms area, choose Document and Markups.

 

Print on both sides of the paper

 

Want to save a bit of paper? Makes good economical and space saving sense (and it’s eco-friendly!). You can print double-sided if your printer has a double-sided (also called “duplex printing”) feature. This kind of feature is controlled by the printer driver, so it will only be available in your printer-specific dialog box, not the Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader print dialog box. You can find this feature by clicking the button marked “Printer…” in the Print dialog box that pops up when you’re printing your PDF file from Acrobat or Reader. From there, if your printer allows it, you can enable “Print on both sides of paper”, and choose an edge to Flip.

 

Print a portion of a page

 

Don’t need to print the entire PDF file? In fact, you don’t even need a whole page of the document – just a part of one page. Try this! Use the Snapshot Tool (Edit > Take a Snapshot) to select just the area you want to print. The area can be text, graphics, or both. You can print the selected area full size or resize it to fit the paper.

  1. Choose Edit > Take a Snapshot
  2. Draw a rectangle to select a portion of a page
  3. Choose File > Print
  4. In the Print dialog box, click Selected graphic.

 

These tips only scratch the surface of different ways you can print a PDF file. For more options and information, please visit this link.

 

Finally, we understand that in some cases, you may just simply be having an issue with getting your PDF file to just print. We also have resources you can use to troubleshoot any and all printing problems. Try this troubleshoot page first, and if that doesn’t help solve your problem, try visiting our forums where we have experts ready to answer your question.

 

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