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Adobe Reader Mobile and XFA forms from LiveCycle Designer

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As the world becomes increasingly more mobile, we hear a lot of questions about dynamic PDF forms created in the LiveCycle Designer and mobile devices. These forms use an underlying XML structure called XFA (XML Forms Architecture). Why should you re-purpose XFA forms created using LiveCycle Designer to create the next-generation mobile experience using AEM forms? Read this blog postto know.

Mobile Form upscaling

Mobile Form rendition of an XFA form is almost similar to PDF Form rendition in terms of behavior and appearance. Some of the dissimilarities are discussed in Mobile Form Vs PDF Form post. In this post, I’ll discuss one key difference that a form designer should take care while designing the XFA Template and that is where it is so critical to preview your templates from the designer itself.



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An introduction to Forms Manager

Adobe® LiveCycle® ES4 is offering a new component – Forms Manager – that simplifies form management. Forms Manager exposes most common form management operations through an HTML based user interface helping non-IT users to easily upload, download, preview, configure, activate...

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How to render xdp as HTML form in HTML Workspace

By default xdp forms are rendered as PDF forms even in HTML workspace. So to render/submit existing xdp/pdf as HTML form in HTML Workspace, we need to add a new action profile called “HTML” which will include render process as “render new html form” and submit process as “submit new html form”. Below are some simple steps to configure this:

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Accessible Mobile form

An accessible form is one that a wide range of people can use, including those who may have disabilities that affect how they are able to interact with the form on the computer screen. For example, the form user may have a visual impairment or reduced mobility.

Mobile form uses ARIA html5 accessibility standard to support a number of features and capabilities that enhance the usability of forms for users with a range of disabilities, and assist form authors and create forms that are more accessible to people with disabilities.



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Scribble your forms

With new Mobile Forms, it is much easier to customize the forms than ever. In this post, I will cover one such improvisation that Mobile Form provides out of the box. Mobile Form extends image field to provide a scribble control on the form. The users can scribble any useful drawing, for example their signatures to the form. This control comes in the livecycle ES4 designer out of the box. Due to its close proximity with paper signature, we call it signature scribble. So here is how you design a form with scribble.



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Mobile forms Vs Pdf forms

Mobile forms component enables XFA forms on mobile devices. The same XFA form that can be used for generating pdf, can be used to generate html form as well. The html version should behave almost exactly same as the pdf version. XFA has a very rich support for scripting. It supports tons of APIs and almost all the properties are exposed via scripting interface. But as the famous 80-20 rule suggests our customers use only 20 % of that capability. The difficult part was to find those script constructs that are used in real world cases and prioritize them higher than the rest of the script constructs. We have run through the large collection of customer XDPs we have and generated the list of javascript constructs that people use. Interestingly, we found that usage to be less than 20%. Out of 2600 javascript object properties and APIs, forms were using around 200 constructs at least once. So we decided to prioritize based on it.  Mobile Form is covering that gap fast but there would be certain things that would never make sense in html or mobile world.



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LiveCycle Mobile Forms

One of the many new offerings in LiveCycle ES4 is Mobile Forms that is ability to display and fill forms on mobile devices like iPad and other tablets. Mobile forms uses the already stable and widespread html5 as its rendering format so practically, any device that supports html5 can show LiveCycle forms. With the explosion of mobile devices, our existing customers were looking for this component to increase their reach and not only that, it would also enable many new use cases. Mobile Forms plays key role in customer’s workflow and enabling that workflow step on mobile device will further reduce the time taken to complete the process.

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Flat PDF vs. XFA Form PDFs

A frequent mistake that is made is to assume that, since XFA Forms can be saved as PDFs, they will behave like any other PDF. Truth is: XFA PDFs and flat PDFs are entirely different beasts.

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