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Acrobat 9 Pro: Creating Forms

with Brian Wood

Video: Welcome

Explores the nuances of creating and distributing interactive forms using Acrobat 9 Pro.
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  1. 1m 5s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the example files
  2. 1h 47m
    1. Examining a completed form
      6m 21s
    2. Starting a form with the Form wizard
      13m 5s
    3. Detecting form fields from a PDF
      2m 56s
    4. Editing form fields
      10m 57s
    5. Creating form fields from scratch
      14m 3s
    6. Creating text fields
      12m 37s
    7. Using radio buttons
      10m 45s
    8. Using checkboxes
      5m 12s
    9. Creating multiple fields
      10m 27s
    10. Creating a combo box
      8m 0s
    11. Creating a text area
      5m 51s
    12. Creating a Reset button
      7m 36s
  3. 57m 2s
    1. Performing simple field calculations
      8m 27s
    2. Copying fields
      4m 54s
    3. Using simplified field notations
      7m 0s
    4. Adding JavaScript to a field
      8m 0s
    5. Showing and hiding fields
      7m 14s
    6. Creating a Submit Form button
      8m 37s
    7. Adding a digital signature field
      5m 21s
    8. Setting tab order
      4m 27s
    9. Changing form design
      3m 2s
  4. 58m 10s
    1. Distributing forms via
      13m 44s
    2. Distributing forms via email
      21m 50s
    3. Distributing forms via a website
      12m 18s
    4. Tracking forms
      7m 59s
    5. Enabling usage rights in Reader
      2m 19s
  5. 19m 41s
    1. Which application should I use?
      6m 37s
    2. Introducing LiveCycle Designer
      5m 0s
    3. Understanding the Acrobat and LiveCycle connection
      8m 4s
  6. 52m 54s
    1. Creating a form from a PDF
      9m 10s
    2. Creating a form from a template
      7m 10s
    3. Creating a form from scratch
      2m 31s
    4. Saving a LiveCycle form
      4m 34s
    5. Using the LiveCycle workspaces
      5m 46s
    6. Adding graphics
      4m 47s
    7. Adding text
      7m 16s
    8. Drawing objects
      4m 23s
    9. Working with drawing aids
      7m 17s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Creating text fields
      13m 5s
    2. Grouping content
      4m 32s
    3. Using custom objects
      4m 46s
    4. Creating drop-down menus
      9m 22s
    5. Creating radio buttons
      10m 35s
    6. Creating checkboxes
      11m 0s
    7. Arranging content
      6m 26s
    8. Creating a Reset button
      5m 14s
    9. Creating an Email Submit button
      9m 4s
  8. 35m 48s
    1. Adding a table
      5m 43s
    2. Editing a table
      9m 20s
    3. Adding form fields to a table
      11m 2s
    4. Copying within a table
      3m 47s
    5. Working with form hierarchy
      5m 56s
  9. 52m 53s
    1. Working with fragments
      7m 54s
    2. Working with objects
      4m 2s
    3. Creating and editing a master page
      9m 35s
    4. Working with FormCalc for calculations
      11m 24s
    5. Setting tab order
      6m 28s
    6. Understanding accessibility in LiveCycle Designer
      5m 22s
    7. Setting form properties
      8m 8s
  10. 56m 29s
    1. Distributing LiveCycle forms via
      14m 51s
    2. Distributing LiveCycle forms via email
      17m 20s
    3. Distributing LiveCycle forms via shared distribution
      17m 1s
    4. Viewing data
      7m 17s
  11. 16s
    1. Goodbye

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Acrobat 9 Pro: Creating Forms
Video duration: 0s 8h 36m Intermediate


PDF forms can be much more than something to print, fill out by hand, and fax back. Interactive fields allow for a web-like user experience, and submission via email or server can enable a truly paperless exchange of information. Acrobat 9 Pro makes interactive form creation and distribution more powerful and flexible than ever, but such a wealth of features and options can be daunting. Brian Wood focuses exclusively on the nuances of this process in Acrobat 9 Pro: Creating Forms. He discusses the fundamentals of Acrobat forms, fields, and distribution, and explores the built-in form creation tools available in Acrobat 9. Brian also demonstrates the XML-driven forms that can be created by the Windows-only LiveCycle Designer application, included with Acrobat 9 Pro and Pro Extended. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Detecting form fields in an imported PDF and adding new form fields from scratch Creating text fields, radio buttons, checkboxes, combo boxes, and text areas Using field calculations, notation, and JavaScript Adding digital signature fields and Submit/Reset buttons Distributing forms via, email, or a website, then tracking results Comparing Acrobat and LiveCycle Designer forms Using LiveCycle workspaces Creating LiveCycle menus, tables, fragments, and objects Understanding accessibility in LiveCycle Designer Distributing LiveCycle forms via shared distribution Viewing data
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Welcome to Acrobat 9 Creating Forms. My name is Brian Wood and I'll be your host. Acrobat 9 is a really exciting release for forms simply because they have completely revamped how forms arevdone in Acrobat, made it a lot easier and LiveCycle Designer on the Windows platform has a lot of new additions as well. We're going to talk about how to create forms, how to add fields, how to work with things like distributing the files. So, join me and we will take a look at exactly how you can get setup with forms in Acrobat.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Acrobat 9 Pro: Creating Forms .

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Q: How do I force upper case in the Text Field? 
A: Here's how you can get a text form field in a PDF to force the text entered into the field to be displayed in upper case format. It is not a "built-in" option and requires you to insert one line of JavaScript code. Here are the steps:

1. Open the PDF form you want to edit in Acrobat Professional.
2. Choose Forms > Add or Edit Fields...
3. Double-Click on the form field you want to edit to open the Text Field Properties dialog box.
4. Click the "Format" tab at the top.
5. Choose "Custom" from the "Select format category" pop-up menu.
6. Click the "Edit" button to the right of the "Custom Keystroke Script" section.
7. Copy and paste this bit of Javascript into the resulting JavaScript Editor window that appears:

event.change = event.change.toUpperCase();

8. Click OK to close the JavaScript Editor window, then click Close to close the Text Field Properties dialog box.
9. Choose Forms > Close Form Editing.

Now when you type any text characters into the field you just edited, the characters will be forced to display in upper case.





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