We don’t know what you need so we can tell you if InDesign is enough. But I will tell you that if you expect InDesign to create a PDF form that won’t need any tweaking in Acrobat after you’ve used LiveCycle Designer you’re going to be in for a rude awakening.
Many things need to be fixed in Acrobat.
The forms I'm creating will be work orders for prosthetists. It's in the very early stages and they're still trying to work out exactly what they want, but one thing that was mentioned was typing into the form the item and then the 'l' code pops up (The medicare description of a nitem) or vice vera.
Another example I can think of would be simple addition and subtraction- if the length from the knee to the foot is A and the knee to the hip is B, then a field could pop up with A+B=C (C being the length of the entire leg.)
If you want stuff like that, stick with LiveCycle Designer, with all its limitations. LiveCycle Designer is no longer part of the Acrobat suite, is Windows only, etc., etc. My impression is that Adobe is phasing it out.
Thanks Steve, Bob,
It looks like Live Cycle (or acrobat pro) is the way to go, after reading your messages and elsewhere. Thanks,
... will get you a long way. There is also an advanced version (not yet on our website), that allows for validation scripts to be added right inside of InDesign itself. In many cases, no tweaking would need to be done in Acrobat.
However, if you specifically need the features of FXA PDFs (expanding text frames, etc.) that can only be done in LiveCycle.