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Acrobat X: Creating Forms

with Claudia McCue

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How do you decide between creating a form as an HTML form and creating form as a PDF form? Well, if you're comfortable in an HTML Editor such as Dreamweaver, you might like to create a Web Form. So here's an HTML version of a form. It's fillable. You can see the Name, Address, City field, radio buttons, Reset and Submit buttons. But what if you're not comfortable in Web editors, but you're comfortable in other programs such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign? Well, then you're probably going to like to create your underlying artwork in that familiar application, convert it to a PDF, and then take it into Adobe Acrobat and add the interactive form fields.
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Watch the Online Video Course Acrobat X: Creating Forms
2h 27m Intermediate Feb 16, 2012

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This course demonstrates how to design a form from scratch in Word, Illustrator, or InDesign—or from an existing electronic document. author Claudia McCue teaches how to add interactive fields like check boxes, buttons, drop-down lists, and digital signature fields; how to add field calculations like sum or average; and how to use JavaScript for more advanced calculations. The course also covers how to enable forms for Acrobat Reader users, add security to a form, distribute it via email or the web, and collect data from recipients.

Topics include:
  • Designing forms in multiple applications
  • Creating and editing fields
  • Using auto-recognition
  • Adding buttons and check boxes
  • Creating and adding artwork
  • Performing math in a form
  • Creating an order form
  • Securing forms with passwords and digital signatures
  • Distributing forms via email or Acrobat.com
Subject:
Business
Software:
Acrobat
Author:
Claudia McCue

Choosing a design application

How do you decide between creating a form as an HTML form and creating form as a PDF form? Well, if you're comfortable in an HTML Editor such as Dreamweaver, you might like to create a Web Form. So here's an HTML version of a form. It's fillable. You can see the Name, Address, City field, radio buttons, Reset and Submit buttons. But what if you're not comfortable in Web editors, but you're comfortable in other programs such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign? Well, then you're probably going to like to create your underlying artwork in that familiar application, convert it to a PDF, and then take it into Adobe Acrobat and add the interactive form fields.

And here's another thing to consider. If in your organization people are accustomed to time-honored paper forms that they filled out for years, it's much easier to replicate that as a PDF than it is as a Web Form. Any application that can produce a PDF can be used to create the substrate or artwork for a form. You can even use pen and ink and draw the form, you can scan a piece of paperwork to make the form. But we're going to consider the features of Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign for creating underlying artwork.

Naturally, you're going to be most comfortable in the application you know best, but it's a good idea to look at some of the options in all these popular programs. And if you've created hyperlinks or buttons or added multimedia content in your original application, you want to make sure such features are retained when you generate the PDF on which you're going to be building your form, and I'll show you how to make sure that happens.

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