At Adobe Summit, we announced AEM 6.3, and let you know that we’ll roll that out soon. Along with the Adobe Experience Manager 6.3, we’re happy to announce the availability of Adobe Experience Manager 6.3 Forms.

Governments, financial institutions, and other regulated industries use AEM Forms to streamline the home stretch of a customer journey, simplifying digital enrollment and making it part of a consistent experience available to anyone with a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Adobe Experience Manager 6.3 Forms, includes several enhancements and brand new features to help you develop engaging forms more quickly, personalize forms and documents to increase conversions and cross-sell, and extend reach to more devices.

In a nutshell, it’s all about experience. For your customers, employees, vendors, and partners. In this release, we’ve doubled-down on helping you move the experience needle. We understand that all businesses and organizations need to be in the “Experience Business” to attract and retain customers through streamlined experiences.

Richer end-user experience

Forms created with AEM 6.3 Forms offer a richer and more modern user experience to your customers, by keeping pace with the customers’ devices and lifestyles. In this fast-paced world, we now offer support for Autofill form fields, modern HTML5/device input fields, and fully functional Rich Text Editor for text input fields. Combined with other authoring and technical enhancements, such as Rule Editor and Lazy Loading, among others, you can extend a faster, error-free, and reliable touch-point to your customers. You can also use CAPTCHAs for detect and prevent automated and spam attempts.

Adaptive Forms now also support asynchronous submission of forms. When a user submits a form, you can enable data submission in the background. This avoids reloading pages or redirecting your end users to the Thank You page. You can use this feature to create slick, almost app-like forms that offer a modern experience your customers now expect.

Simplified Author Experience

We also made it easier to author new forms. Your teams can now use a host of new features and enhancements that cut down the authoring cycle time.

You can quickly create an adaptive form by using a JSON schema as the Form Data Model, a new feature in this release. It allows you to integrate disparate backend data sources into a unified schema model of business entities and services that you can leverage in numerous adaptive forms use cases. Functionally similar to XDP and XML schemas, JSON is fast becoming, the new standard for interop between modern systems. With JSON schema support it becomes easy to connect your adaptive forms with other systems in your organization.

Several small enhancements have been made, but the savings really add up big! For example, we’ve added Inline Editing for component titles, Keyboard Shortcuts to the Form Editor, Theme Editor, and the Content Browser. Additionally, we’ve also added some Default Validations in form components, so that you don’t have to write scripts and rules for common validations such as email and phone numbers.

Rule Editor

Rule Editor is a powerful tool that helps you create intelligent forms. With great power, comes great responsibility. We’ve made it difficult for authors to inadvertently break a form.

  • Rule Editor edit access can now be restricted. You can provide access to a limited set of users.
  • Rule Editor now uses ACL to provide granular access: while all users can access the Visual Editor, only Power Users can access the Code Editor.

Other enhancements to the Rule Editor include the ability to Disable a Rule, and enhancements such as the ability to specify a WSDL in the Set Value Of action, a Clear Value of action in the Visual Editor. For power users the Code Editor now supports code hits and visual cues to make scripting easier.

Theme Editor

A theme determines the style for components and panels in an adaptive form. It defines properties such as background colors, state colors, transparency, alignment, and size. There are numerous enhancements in the Theme Editor that make it easier and faster to style and customize your forms. You can now use web fonts in a theme, there is added support for Recently Used Styles, and the ability to disable a style.

You can also switch a theme at runtime. Use the same form and provide an experience that is consistent with other touch points for your customers. For example, apply themes at runtime to render a form for various customer or product tiers: Silver, Gold, Platinum. Or apply themes at runtime to provide high-contrast or bigger text for a special set of users.

E-Signatures with Adobe Sign

AEM Forms integrates with Adobe Sign to capture electronic signatures from within a form on any device. This release deepens the integration with added support for multiuser signing workflows, sequential and simultaneous signing workflows, signing forms as logged-in user, and dynamic signing processes using Form-centric workflows on OSGi.

Documents of Record

Users typically want to save or print a copy of the form they have filled. AEM Forms offers several ways to generate a print-friendly digital document of record (DoR). You can now manage the branding information for a Document of Record, from within the Form Editor. You can customize settings such as logo, appearance, header, and footer etc. DoR also supports table and column layouts. You can now create additional layouts from within the Form Editor, without having to use Designer and XDP-based forms. Additionally, you can now localize DoRs using the AEM translation workflow.

We have several other enhancements in store for you. For more details on how AEM 6.3 Forms can turn the dials for your customers’ experience, contact your Account Manager. You can also read the official New Features document on helpx.adobe.com.

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