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Editing PDFs in Acrobat after creation in LiveCycle

Jul 26, 2011 2:25 PM

Does anyone know of a way to edit a PDF (Forms->Edit Forms in Designer), after the form has been created in LiveCycle?



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    Jul 26, 2011 2:35 PM   in reply to BryanW12

    I'm not sure what your question is.  Forms are "created" as designs in Designer. They can then be gathered (if using fragments) and presented/rendered  as fillable forms through LiveCycle Forms, or can be rendered into non-changable but displayable on simple PDF devices like an Ipad or phone with LiveCycle Output.


    Which path, Forms, or Output, are you taking?  The simple answer is that Forms keeps the template XFA with it so that it is still editable.


    Unless, of course, you're asking a more subtle question.

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    Jul 26, 2011 4:21 PM   in reply to BryanW12

    There are two fundamental architectures for forms... XFA and PDF, or what we call Acroforms.

    XFA  forms can only be editted in LiveCycle Designer.  But the good news is  that you can edit the fields and the text and page artifacts in LC  Designer.


    So it's not a matter of how it was generated, but what it was designed in. Once a form has been done in LC Designer (XFA/XDP) it can only be edited with LC Designer.  Acroforms can be edited in Acrobat, but your changes are (primarily) limited the form fields and not the page layout.


    You can get a bit of a better understanding of XFA forms from the specification.  You can also get a more terse and understandable view in some older pages that describe intelligent documents. (note that these pages seem to have a formatting problem at the moment which should be fixed soon, but the text is all readable).


    But, simply stated, it's a fork in the road for the two different form architectures.

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