Acrobat 9 Pro: Creating Forms

with Brian Wood
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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.

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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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