We are currently hosting a pre-release program for our newest version of Adobe LiveCycle Designer. If you are interested in being a part of this, send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and request access to the Designer PreRelease.
For our thousands of users that are out there, this is a pretty exciting release and definitely has a lot of the features you have been requesting. Here is a list of what’s new in LiveCycle Designer 7.1:
– Tables (Yay! You could do this before with script or design objects but the new wizard is super slick)
– Language-Specific Features for Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, and Vietnamese
– New Paper Forms Barcode object
– Dynamic form object properties
– Descriptions in the Hierarchy and Data View palettes
– Controlling subform breaks based on data
LiveCycle Designer now lets you create simple, complex, and nested tables. You can quickly create a static or dynamic table using the Table Assistant. Static tables have a fixed number of columns and rows while dynamic tables have a fixed number of columns but the number of rows in the table will change depending on how much information is in the data source.
Language-Specific Features for Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, and Vietnamese
LiveCycle Designer now supports Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, and Vietnamese. The characters in Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, and Vietnamese are context-sensitive, that is, different images are used for the same character depending on its position within a word and some characters are made up of a combination of several characters. LiveCycle Designer now supports right-to-left or bidirectional text which occurs when texts of different direction orientation appear together.
New Paper Forms Barcode object
With LiveCycle Designer, you can add two-dimensional (2D) barcodes to interactive PDF forms using the Paper Forms Barcode object. You can then publish the barcoded forms to a website or distribute them by email or CD. When a user fills a barcoded form by using Adobe Reader, Acrobat Professional, or Acrobat Standard, the barcode is updated automatically to encode the user-supplied form data. The user can submit the form electronically or print it to paper and submit. Using LiveCycle Barcoded Forms you can later extract the user-supplied data as part of an automated workflow, routing the data among approval processes and business systems. When integrated with LiveCycleWorkflow, a single unified forms process can easily support different paper form submissions, each with their own specific workflow.
Dynamic form object properties
LiveCycle Designer now lets you set up dynamic properties for form object properties. This means that you can assign values from a data source to form object properties that LiveCycle Designer updates at run time. For example, the items in a drop-down list can be populated with a list of countries that are stored in a data source.
Dynamic properties allow you to modify form object properties outside of the form design and rely on a data source. This can be useful in deployment and maintenance scenarios. In addition, the same data source can supply data to different form designs. For example, a long list of countries can be stored in one data file and used in many forms. You can use dynamic properties to implement functionality formerly possible only with scripting.
Descriptions in the Hierarchy and Data View palettes
You can now view captions or descriptions of the objects in the Hierarchy and Data View palettes. These provide more information about the objects when you are building a form.
Controlling subform breaks based on data
You can now use conditional breaks to manually specify when and how to manage subform breaks. Conditional breaks allow you to verify data for a field within a repeating subform against previous instances of that field. The repeating subform can then be broken up according to the change in the data supplied to the field, and if required, automatically generate a new page.
Compatibility with version 6
You can use the Compatibility tab in the Form Properties dialog box to update forms that were created in LiveCycle Designer version 6 to version 7. If the older form will be viewed primarily with Acrobat 7.0 or Adobe Reader 7.0 or later, use the Compatibility tab.
Send us an email and we will get you access to the software right away. Use the forums or mailing list there to give us feedback on the new version.