Acrobat Forms Reading List

I want to cut down on paper forms, reduce errors and speed up processing – Where do I start?

Option 1:  Acrobat Forms

All you you need is Adobe Acrobat Professional, which you may already have.  With it you can:

  • add form fields to existing forms (converted to pdf from MS Word or scanned)
  • do basic calculations
  • distribute either individually via email or a web site or send to a group of people at one time
  • receive completed forms via email

Option 2: Adobe LiveCycle Designer

Very powerful, deep, deep tool which can integrate with Adobe server side products

  • Developer type interface can be daunting for non programmers (if you have used tools like Photoshop, it wont worry you too much)
  • Allows development of forms with optional sections that are only displayed to the user if needed – so a form can vary in length
  • Allows saving of sets of related fields eg “Customer Information” for drag and drop reuse on later forms
  • Allows adding code eg for complex calculations (but there is a interactions “wizard” like feature to help the non coder)

Option3: Adobe FormCentral

This option gives a lot of functionality to parallel the client side tools of  LiveCycle Designer, but aimed more at a user with good PC skills rather than a coder/developer.

There are templates to explore and free basic trial  version.

Resources to Explore

General Acrobat Forms

(mixture of Acrobat Forms and FormCentral)

FormCentral

Digital Signatures

LiveCycle Designer