> I thought I'd ask if there is anything I will need to be aware of, and if there is any good references to look for
Check this out:
> Also, are there any pros/cons to using Acrobat forms vs Livecycle forms?
Oy, that is a long and complicated list. Could you narrow it down to a specific area, maybe specific functionality?
Thanks for the link.
>Oy, that is a long and complicated list. Could you narrow it down to a specific area, maybe specific functionality?
From what you've described, it has all the same functionality, there may just be differences in where the object parameters are set and what the names of those parameters are.
If you haven't seen them yet, you should carefully read the following documents:
For forms like the ones you describe working with, I would say that the only compelling reason to use Designer is if the form needs to be dynamic. That is, being able to add fields at runtime, or have fields resize to fit the data being entered. There are some features that are only available with Designer forms, but for the most part, I find Acrobat much easier to work with and program. But maybe I'm just stubborn.
Thanks, PDL. I have the second document, downloading the first.
I appreciate the input.
Thanks, George. That's also a reason I've kept from working in LiveCycle. I find Acrobat easy enough to use for my current needs (although a little less than optimal in working with the fields in a layout manner).
The dynamic nature hasn't been a priority for me; although thinking back, there may be a few things that I may have wanted to do in the past that might have been possible (or better suited) with this.
In case you haven't picked this up, realise it is all-or-nothing. It
is not a choice of interfaces, but a choice of types of form. Once you
have done anything in Designer, you must do EVERYTHING in Designer
(for that form).
Essentially a Designer form isn't really a PDF form any more. It is an
XML form, which is wrapped up in PDF. Adobe Reader and Acrobat know
how to convert the XML and display it, but nothing else related to
normal PDF editing will work (e.g. adding pages, bookmarks, links...)
Thanks, Aandi. I had gathered that it was an either-or situation, but from what I have read so far, I have found that an Acrobat PDF can be imported into LiveCycle, and the code will be available to activate where possible. This I wasn't aware of.
Thanks for all the input so far.
> that anything that can be done in an Acrobat form can be accomplished in LiveCycle (although it may require a different method in LiveCycle)?
Not at all, no.
Thank you both.
I am going through some of the PDFs and the Help files to familiarize myself with the interface elements and start to get my feet wet. Luckily, the first project that I will probably need to do in LiveCycle should be a fairly simple one (just a few simple entry and calulated fields) so I should hopefully be able to find my way through things without too much problems.
Thanks again for all the help.
A large key area of things you can't do is things that relate to
working with PDFs as normal documents, like delete pages, add
bookmarks or links.
Ok, I'm getting started and I have a few questions to start with:
In a calculated text field (user enters Account Name in one field, makes a choice from a dropdown list in another field, and this third display field calculates results based on those choices), is it possible to change the size/style of text in part of the field? (e.g. can I make registration marks superscript?)
Is there control over things like letter spacing/kerning in a text field?
*edit* I searched the Help section for kerning, and it doesn't appear possible from what I see.
Mom always said it never hurts to ask