My org is developing a bunch of forms in LiveCycle Designer to be filled out on a tablet PC using its stylus pen.
We are using LiveCycle Designer ES 8.2 on a Dell Latitude XT2 tablet. The form is to be viewed in Adobe Reader 9 (but could change that to Acrobat 9 if we had to). We have extended the rights to Adobe Reader to enable the user to fill out and save the form data as needed. The tablet is running Windows XP for Tablet PC.
The form is working properly on the tablet PC but I can't fill in the form fields with the tablet's stylus. Using the keyboard we can key in the necessary data but one of the primary goals to implementing this solution was to increase mobility in the field and reduce paper usage. I have tried using EverMap's AutoInk plug in as directed in this Adobe blog (http://blogs.adobe.com/acrolaw/2009/01/using_the_tablet_pc_with_acroba t.html) but it only works with forms created with the Acrobat Forms Wizard. We don't want to create the forms in here as it is too time-consuming to continue to update a Word template and run it through the wizard again.
I also installed SigPlus Pro for Tablet PC and the Adobe 9 plug-ins created by Topaz Systems to allow for digitally signing the document with the customer's signature image. This piece is working very well.
Does anyone have any tips on how to enable ink-to-text form filling on a Tablet PC for forms created in LiveCycle Designer? I am all out of ideas and can't find anyone else who has even run into this issue.
I don't have an answer for you about the tablet - sorry.
But a few pointers.
The AutoInk plugin seems to write "over" the PDF and is flattened as an annotation. The data is unlikely to be "inputted" into the field and therefore may not be recorded as data. You might want to try this out with a test AcroForm. This might be OK with you, as you just want to print out the completed form. If that is the case then you just need to enable the form for commenting.
In relation to Acroforms, one thing to bear in mind. Once you have brought in the Word template into Acrobat for the first time and inserted all of the form objects that you want. Later if you want to update the form, then you don't need to start from scratch. Just replace the pages in Acrobat with the new ones! Acrobat will slide the new pages under your existing form objects. You may need to move these around or add new ones to suit the new layout - but by no means do you have to start from scratch.
Sorry couldn't be more help - good luck,
You can enter data into form fields with a stylus on Windows Tablet PC Edition using its built in hand writing recognition software.
You can get to this from the on-screen keyboard - they call it the Tablet PC Input Panel.
I have experience of it working well on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, and I have heard that it continued to improve in Vista and Windows 7.