AEM Forms Primer: PDF Forms Vs HTML5 Forms Vs Adaptive Forms

Digital forms are widely used for designing online interactions. With Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), you can create beautiful and scalable online interactions as PDF Forms, HTML5 Forms, or Adaptive Forms.

PDF Forms are suitable for pixel-perfect printing and digital information capture within a PDF document. In the digital avatar, you can use Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader to fill these forms. You can host these forms on your website or use the forms portal to list these forms on an AEM site. You can also email these forms to others as attachments. These forms are best suited for desktop environments.

HTML5 Forms are the browser-friendly version of PDF Forms. HTML5 Forms are suitable for environments that do not support PDF plug-ins. HTML5 Forms enables the rendering of XFA-based forms on mobile devices and desktop browsers on which XFA-based PDF is not supported. These forms are best suited for tablets and desktop environments.

Adaptive Forms are new-age forms. These forms change appearance based on the screen size of the device, are engaging, and interactive in nature. Adaptive Forms can also integrate with Adobe Analytics, Adobe Sign, and Adobe Target. It enabled you to deliver personalized forms and process-oriented experiences to users based on their demography and other features.

Here’s an infographic to help you learn all about PDF Forms, HTML5 Forms, and Adaptive Forms. Click the relevant link to learn how to create, preview, manage, and publish each type of forms.

AEM Forms: Creating to publishing workflow and required tools (Click or tap a box to read detailed documentation)