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How to produce  PDF with typing tables?

May 13, 2013 1:05 AM

Tags: #table #framemaker_9 #save_as_pdf

I use Framemaker 9. I want to generate PDF files from FM. The final version will look like forms, and the client could fill in information. How could I achieve it?

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    May 13, 2013 8:04 AM   in reply to Yvonne_lu

    MicroType TimeSavers + FormAssistant is what you need:


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    May 14, 2013 5:01 AM   in reply to Yvonne_lu

    I'd try setting it up as a simple table so that you can align stuff --

    words on one side fill-in-the-blank on the second.

    Use either the underscore character (my choice) to indicate the blanks, or

    draw horizontal lines with the graphic tool.


    I'd probably turn off all or some of the table rules, but you may want to

    play with that or shading to indicate what to fill in.




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    May 14, 2013 7:27 AM   in reply to Yvonne_lu

    You could always use postscript text frames and the appropriate "pdfmark" entries to define the form controls.



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    Or you could try using Shlomo's TimeSavers + Form Assistants as Yves suggests. This lets you use simple entries in FM markers and soesn't require an intimate knowledge of postscript language programming.

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    May 14, 2013 12:13 PM   in reply to Yvonne_lu



    Just keep in mind that if anything changes in the FM source file(s), you will need to re-create all of the work in Acrobat again for a fillable form. If this is a one-time requirement, then just doing it in Acrobat is fine. But if you need to maintain/modify the forms then the subsequent work will add significant time (resouce issues?).

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    May 16, 2013 9:41 PM   in reply to Arnis Gubins

    The TimeSavers+Form Asst approach to this need is the focus of an upcoming half-hour webinar
    (free; no fluff, no hype, no nonsense)


    Enable and encourage user input in PDFs (viewed with Adobe Reader)  with FrameMaker-to-Acrobat TimeSavers + Form Assistant


    Wednesday, June 5, starting 9am PDT

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    Techniques demonstrated in this webinar include features that are all embedded in PDFs that are viewed with the free Adobe Reader:

    • text fields where users can record data values and options

    • checkboxes to track progress

    • page marks and notes (optionally e-mailed)

    • embedded grading/feedback forms

    • storing useful search queries in the PDF file for future use



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    FrameMaker/Acrobat/Captivate training & consulting * FM-to-Acrobat TimeSavers/Assistants

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    Aug 8, 2013 11:50 PM   in reply to Shlomo Perets

    Related to your question as to "PDFs with typing tables", I will demonstrate highlights from a recent project in a half-hour webinar (free):


    Customer data collection through PDF forms

    Wednesday, Aug 21, starting 10am PDT


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    Oct 31, 2013 8:40 AM   in reply to Shlomo Perets

    [ Yet another chance to attend a free webinar on this topic...]



    Nov. 21: Defining PDF form fields in source FrameMaker files
    (with TimeSavers + Form Asst v3)

    1-hour webinar, starting 11am PT (free; no fluff, no hype, no nonsense)


    Adding form fields to PDFs in Acrobat manually is labor-intensive. Using FrameMaker-to-Acrobat TimeSavers & Form Assistant, you can take advantage of all of FrameMaker capabilities to author documents that, upon conversion to PDF, will automatically contain text fields, check boxes, radio buttons and additional controls.


    [ Also demonstrated: using Extendscript (FM10/11) to insert form field markers -- automated or through a dialog box ]


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