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.