Archive for April, 2007

This blog has moved

Fellow Readers and Commenters,

I have finally completed the transition to my new WordPress blog: Stefan Cameron on Forms.

Thank you for being patient during the migration. The process took a little longer than I anticipated and I apologize if you’ve had to wait to ask me some questions.

This new installation will hopefully provide better performance as well as cut down on the inordinate amount of spam I was getting here (with no tools at my disposal to reduce it!). You will also find that each post now has its own comment feed so it should be easier for you to keep track of the posts that interest you and get notified when I answer a question you might have posted.

Porting to my new blog

Fellow Readers and Commenters,

In order to make it easier for me to manage my blog (thereby saving me valuable time so that I can keep replying to your comments and writing new posts), I’ve decided to move to my own blog service.

To make the transition quicker and to ensure I don’t miss any comments, I have now disabled commenting on all posts and will re-open commenting on my new blog once it is setup. I’ll do my very best to be back-up and running within the next few days.

I will post one more time here to announce the URL of my new blog.

While I’m busy working on this, you can always try the Adobe LiveCycle Designer Forums.

Merging Text Objects

Here are two really convenient features I thought I should highlight since it can really save you time, especially if you’re cleaning-up a form after importing it as "editable objects" or "flowable layout" (which usually produces dozens, if not hundreds of small text and field).

Since Designer 7.1, there are features available to you which are capable of merging text objects with other text objects or fields.

Merge Selected Text Objects

If you select multiple text objects, you’ll get a command in the context menu and in the top-level Layout menu which reads, "Merge Selected Text Objects". If you select it, all the selected text objects will be combined into one. This is useful if you have multiple text objects each pertaining to a specific sentence which you’d like to combine into a single text object:

Before the merge:

After the merge:

Notice that all formatting is retained and that the order of the sentences depends on the original location of the various text objects with respect to each other, not the order in which they were selected.

Merge As Caption

This feature makes it really easy to set a text object as a field’s caption when that field does not have a caption. When you select a single text object along with a single field which doesn’t have a caption, you’ll get a "Merge As Caption" command in the context menu as well as in the top-level Layout menu. When you select this command, the text object will become the field’s caption, retaining all original formatting:

Before the merge:

After the merge:

As with the "Merge Selected Text Objects" feature, the placement of the resulting caption depends on the location of the text object with respect to the captionless field. Here’s an example where the text object is located below the field:

Before the merge:

After the merge: