9 Replies Latest reply on Jul 6, 2011 6:19 PM by JuanaIsaac



      I am attempting to convince my boss to replace my mini PC with a Mac, as I primarily use Creative Suite, and this tiny little box has a lot of difficulty with it, among other problems.


      My concern is that I created all of our company forms using LiveCycle Designer, and to my knowledge, this program is not available on Mac.


      Is there a program for Mac that will allow me to edit these interactive forms in the same manner as LiveCycle Designer?  I have been told that Acrobat alone is capable of the same types of edits, but I am unsure of how to do it.  I've gone through the Forms on Acrobat and what I've found is not nearly as intuitive as LiveCycle Designer.


      If anyone could tell me first, if Acrobat is capable of this, and second, where I might get some good information on how to do it, I would appreciate it.


      If Acrobat isn't the best program to use, what could I use instead?  I need to be able to edit/create interactive pdf forms with input fields, radio buttons, drop downs, etc, and be able to set up Rich Text capable input fields as well.



          alexmooredesign Level 1

          Hi I am also a reformed PC user who now wants to create interactive forms on my Mac using Acrobat 9 Pro. Were you able to find a way to do this? I think the Forms wizard is the only method that Mac Acrobat has to insert fields of any kind.

            OlivePrint Level 1

            I haven't found anything yet.  I am still looking.  I haven't had a lot of time to dedicate to working on this issue lately.  I was really hoping someome would have an answer for me here!

            • 3. Re: LIVECYCLE DESIGNER ON MAC
              alexmooredesign Level 1

              So I think I have come to an understanding about Forms in Acrobat Pro 9 (both Mac & PC). I've used Acrobat 9 Pro on the PC and I must say that LiveCycle Designer ES 8 that ships with Acrobat Pro on the PC is VERY buggy. It crashed on me more than a few times (to the point of being ridiculous). I was, in all fairness, pushing it to do some fairly complicated things with layout and fields. After going through the cross-grade to the mac platform and realizing that LiveCycle does not ship with Mac AP9, I followed the suggestion of another poster who recommended this process for Mac Forms creation and it worked beutifully (it is deceptivley simple):


              1) Create your form layout in Illustrator (far superior, and more stable vector layout tools to LiveCycle PC anyway), draw in your text fields with a .5 stoked box with a no fill box (white fill can cover up your text field content if it is above), save as a PDF and then simply open this new document into AP9. By the way AI CS4 Mac will place text from Microsoft Word Docs no problems - I even did this over a null modem connection directly from my PC - no complaints.


              2) Go to the Forms > Add or Edit Fields... I wouldnt bother running "Start Form Wizard..." as in this process AP9 wont detect text fields anyway. Start by adding textfields directly on top of the stroked boxes you've created in the AI PDF. (it may ask you to save a copy of the document in order to Extend Acrobat Features for Reader). You will now be placed in Form editing mode.


              3) Add buttons, signature fields, text fields - really everything LiveCycle Designer does only in a more streamlined and consolidated way. Once again - far more stable and predictable process. You can switch between prevewing the document and editing it very easily.


              That's it basically it. Forms editing on the Mac is simply more integrated into Acrobat Pro 9. Seems like to the tools aren't there becuase no LiveCycle - but they are. If you want to give reader users the power to fill and save forms from Free Reader, go to the Advanced menu and select "Extend Features in Adobe Reader..."


              Let me know if this works for you - After using this process in my opinion - who needs LiveCycle Designer on the PC? If you are good with Illustrator, you'll make better looking forms anyway. And the "Add Text Field" tool in the Forms Editing mode on the Mac is far less jumpy than LiveCycle. - Thanks - AM

              • 4. Re: LIVECYCLE DESIGNER ON MAC

                The ONE THING Livecycle gives you that Acrobat for Mac does not is the "Image Stamp". This procedure allows a Reader Enabled PDF to have an image inserted into the PDF by someone using just Reader. This can not, I repeat CAN NOT be done in the Macintosh versions since as stated Livecycle was never meant to be used on Mac's.

                • 5. Re: LIVECYCLE DESIGNER ON MAC
                  Mark Primavera

                  I am in the same situation. Switching design programs to a MAC and I am really surprised that Adobe does not make LiveCycle for the MAC.

                  But I will try as suggested in this post.


                  Thanks for the info!

                  • 6. Re: LIVECYCLE DESIGNER ON MAC
                    KGF Communication

                    On the flip side of this question - can a Mac user COMPLETE/FILL OUT a form that we created in LiveCycle????


                    We have one Mac user who is not able to download our forms, not sure if its because of Mac...



                    • 7. Re: LIVECYCLE DESIGNER ON MAC

                      You can always use VM Fusion or Parallels Desktop emulators.  I'm in the military and PC only software that I have to use.  But I'm a mac user, Both of these emulators are great. 

                      • 8. Re: LIVECYCLE DESIGNER ON MAC
                        EC Willamalane

                        I create our job application packets, where the fill able forms are attachments within the adobe file.  Every phone call I get because they cannot view the attachments, are those who have a Mac.  I then have to e-mail them each attachment separate, then they are able to view and complete the forms. Not sure if there is anything I can do with my packet that would allow them to view all attachment within. However, they are able to use the fill able form when sent as individual adobe files.

                        Etta Cay

                        • 9. Re: LIVECYCLE DESIGNER ON MAC
                          JuanaIsaac Level 1

                          Hi there,


                          In reply to the previous posts, about creating interactive forms in Acrobat Professional, below is a link that will instruct you on how to do it.


                          http://www.thedesigncubicle.com/2008/12/how-to-create-interactive-pdf-forms-to-impress-you r-clients/


                          In my case, I use my forms for Production Print Specifications since I have to email them back and forth to clients whom only hae Acrobat Reader.


                          Even though I learned by myself, I am still searching of ways to learn more advance formats to give more flexibility with the formats. I was actually interested in Live Cycle until I realized it is not a MAC program.


                          Usually, the basica way I create the forms is by designing in one of two programs:


                          1. Adobe Illustrator - create, save as a medium or print quality PDF
                          2. Open PDF in Acrobat, Forms Menu, create forms use existing scanned form or PDF, or if you are in Acrobat 10 (Click on Tools, Forms, create form
                          3. Acrobat generates all of the fields and then you  need to specify what type of field, i.e., text, date, $$,
                          4. By double-clicking on the fields you are able to specify its attribute:
                            1. Name the field - Add help text
                            2. Font Appearance such as font style and size, color, field border or field fill color
                            3. In the options menu within the Appearance dialogue box, you can select rich text, multiple lines etc.Preview form and
                          5. Preview form and test it until you are satisfied it works properly.  Then test it in Adobe Acrobat Reader
                          6. Most of these forms require that you go to ADVANCE menu, Extend reader features so that the end user is able to save the DATA otherwise Acrobat will only allow the end user to print the forms or overwrite them.


                          The other thing I do like of LiveCycle is that by creating subforms, you can designs that automatically expand depending on the type of information you insert. So this is why I am still searching to see if there are any advance features in the new Acrobat that I can apply.


                          Hope this helps!

                          Jaime Isaac