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Acrobat XI: Creating Forms

with Claudia McCue

Video: Welcome

Learn how to design smart, functional PDF forms that you can email or embed on a website.
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  1. 3m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
    3. What we'll cover in this course
    4. Using the exercise files
  2. 8m 43s
    1. Why use PDF forms?
      5m 0s
    2. A quick look at PDF form capabilities
      3m 43s
  3. 23m 35s
    1. Designing forms with Word
      7m 21s
    2. Designing forms with Illustrator
      8m 42s
    3. Designing forms with InDesign
      7m 32s
  4. 12m 31s
    1. Exporting PDFs from Word
      5m 50s
    2. Exporting PDFs from Illustrator
      3m 7s
    3. Exporting PDFs from InDesign
      3m 34s
  5. 1h 27m
    1. Understanding Acrobat field types
      2m 53s
    2. Facts about fields
      7m 7s
    3. Using the Form Wizard for autorecognition
      5m 0s
    4. Creating text fields
      12m 53s
    5. Creating combo boxes
      4m 45s
    6. Creating list boxes
      5m 10s
    7. Creating checkboxes
      4m 32s
    8. Creating radio buttons
      6m 16s
    9. Button appearance
      8m 49s
    10. Adding button actions
      10m 50s
    11. Digital signatures
      7m 37s
    12. Understanding barcodes
      7m 44s
    13. Changing existing forms
      3m 42s
  6. 32m 0s
    1. Comparing InDesign and Acrobat
      7m 47s
    2. Converting frames to fields
      11m 15s
    3. Using the built-in buttons and the Forms Library
      9m 30s
    4. Creating custom buttons
      3m 28s
  7. 6m 18s
    1. Creating matrixes
      2m 46s
    2. Duplicating fields on multiple pages
      3m 32s
  8. 11m 43s
    1. Using Acrobat's built-in calculations
      4m 26s
    2. Writing simple JavaScript calculations
      7m 17s
  9. 34m 36s
    1. Enabling PDFs for readers
      4m 41s
    2. Issues with non-Adobe PDF viewers
      5m 28s
    3. Limitations of PDF forms
      5m 10s
    4. Distributing PDF forms through email
      3m 35s
    5. Distributing PDF forms on internal servers or web servers
      4m 13s
    6. Distribute via EchoSign
      7m 8s
    7. Importing data and generating a spreadsheet
      2m 54s
    8. Sending data to a database
      1m 27s
  10. 2m 11s
    1. Next steps
      1m 35s
    2. Summary

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Acrobat XI: Creating Forms
Video duration: 0s 3h 42m Intermediate


PDF forms are easier to design, distribute, and capture data than either web or print forms. Let Claudia McCue show you just how effortless PDF forms can be, in this Adobe Acrobat course. First, learn how to design a basic form in Word, Illustrator, or InDesign. Then Claudia shows you how to add interactive fields like check boxes, buttons, dropdown lists, and digital signature fields; how to add calculations that can total or average your data; and how to write some simple JavaScript that will unlock more advanced form functionality. Plus, learn how distribute your forms via email and on the web.

Topics include:
  • Designing forms
  • Exporting PDFs from Word, Illustrator, or InDesign
  • Creating and editing text fields, list boxes, and more
  • Adding buttons and check boxes
  • Converting frames to fields
  • Creating matrixes
  • Adding calculations
  • Enabling PDFs for Acrobat Reader


(MUSIC) Hello, I'm Claudia McCue, and together we're going to explore Acrobat forms. Now it might seem a little bit odd. I actually think Acrobat forms are fun. I think you're going to find that it's easier than you might think to bring a static page to life by adding text fields, radio buttons, drop down lists, clickable buttons, calculations, and more. And I think you'll be surprised by how much you can do with Acrobat's built-in form tools, without ever writing any code.

Now whether you want to use a form to solicit sign-ups for a user group, or get information from attendees for a seminar, take orders for products, or something else. Acrobat 11 Pro gives you a really rich set of tools for creating forms. In this course, you'll see that you can distribute your Acrobat forms as email attachments, host them on your own Internet, or a website, or distribute them through Adobe's own Form Central. And you have multiple options for capturing the data that's entered into those forms. So come on, and let's go find out just how easy it is, to create great interactive forms, in Acrobat 11 Pro.

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

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Q: Forms Central is mentioned in the course but not covered. Why not?
A: Adobe decided to discontinue the feature, so we removed coverage of it from this course. 





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