There are 3 distinct types of forms, that could be created in AEM Forms; HTML Form, PDF Form and Adaptive Form.
1. When we select "Create Adaptive Form" in the Forms interface, we are creating an Adaptive Form, which is completely different from HTML and PDF forms.
What if I create a form using Designer, upload the xdp in the Forms interface and use that as a Model?
Will it become a PDF Form?
2. How to create HTML and PDF Forms?
Appreciate your responses.
Yes, Create an Adaptive Form creates an HTML5 version of the form that is responsive. It is created using the web interface in AEM. You create a PDF Form or HTML5 form (also referred to as a mobile form) using AEM Forms Designer (a Windows only development tool that creates an XML/XDP template version of a form or document).
Server-side, we have documents services that can read that XML/XDP template version of the form and render it as HTML5 or as PDF (or as PCL/PS). Acrobat and Reader can consume the XML/XDP and render it as PDF