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)
- Create new PDF and web forms: start here and here:
- Adobe TV: Acrobat
- Forms, E-signatures etc
- Tutorials: Create and analyse forms
- Adobe TV: LiveCycle Designer http://tv.adobe.com/product/livecycle/