Adding Rows and Showing Optional or Alternative fields in LiveCycle Designer

Part 1. Using a button to add rows to a table – without writing code
Part 2. Using check-boxes to control the display of hidden fields on the form

A very quickly prepared tutorial to answer some Adobe LiveCycle questions.

Notes:
i) volume levels will vary due to Windows 8/Captivate issues, Please adjust volume to suit
ii) I did this without notes or a script – you will hear the gears turning in my head as I roughly narrate this (the “umm” and “arr” ratio is too high). A scripted narration is always better! In this case it was a false economy not to do one….

Where can I find resources to learn HTML5?

A working knowledge of HTML 5 is going to be useful for a wider audience than the traditional users of HTML as it will have a role in apps development in Windows 8 and elsewhere. I have gathered together some resources I have found useful.

Samples  and Demos

Sites that demonstrate working examples of HTML and its features.

Books and on line courses

Continue reading “Where can I find resources to learn HTML5?”

Adobe E-Learning Subscription Problems Return

Went to use Captivate today – to prepare some tutorials to support some training later this week.

Found myself on day 00 of my trial (I pay a monthly fee to use this software – this isn’t a trial – well not in that sense – the recurring issues are a trial) Continue reading “Adobe E-Learning Subscription Problems Return”

Creating PDF from Word Series

My Creating PDF from Word tutorials from my YouTube channel are now gathered together in one convenient PlayList.

Presentation at B.A.U.G. Brisbane Adobe User Group – Acrobat XI Detailed Overview

Last week, I had a chance to attend a B.A.U.G. Brisbane Adobe User Group meeting where Richard Turner-Jones (or here) walked us through the new and updated features of Acrobat XI.

The good news is that it is an enhanced version of Acrobat X.

The features that stood out for me were

  • integration with Echo Sign for digital signing
  • shift to Form Central for forms (LiveCycle Designer is now available as a separate product)
  • improved SharePoint integration
  • custom tool panels
  • enhanced export options

Motivated by Richard’s presentation, I have just created a virtual machine with Acrobat XI trial to explore the possibilities.

I’d recommend the user group to all levels of Adobe product users (that this was my first user group meeting for over 12 months is not a reflection on the quality of topics covered). There is a mailing list at the  B.A.U.G. Brisbane Adobe User Group site

Regards

Steven

Windows 8 and Office 2013 Evaluation – First Impressions

Before I do the permanent set up of my new PC, I took the opportunity to set it up with Windows 8 and Office 2013. These are my first impressions, based on a few hours exploring ans installing and are mostly good to excellent, with one major exception. So let’s get that out of the way.

Windows 8 is Different

My first impression is, that if implemented in its standard form, Windows 8 will drive most regular desktop PC based end users nuts with frustration.  The interface might initially be too different for them. Discussions I have heard about organisations considering customised desktops now make sense.

As a non typical, but largely desktop based end user, I was within about 30 minutes beginning to get a feel for where things would be, and easily connecting to Twitter  LinkedIn and Google and installing IIS and Hyper V tools. I can see users having a  good experience with a touch screen.

Shame about the Windows 8 interface, because Office 2013 is really very impressive.  Windows 8 and Office 2013 are clearly meant to go together. I have had comments from colleagues about the Office 2013 interface. On Windows 8 it looks at home. Even on a desktop PC.

So what is impressive about Office 2013?

The connection to SharePoint and Office 365.

Over recent months as I find myself training on site more and more, I am seeing the value of having my documents and resources in a SharePoint library in the “cloud” . My recent PC troubles have confirmed this is the direction for my company and training documents.

Previously the value in Office 365 for me was in exchange based email and SharePoint Calendars. My document creation process is still local disk based with some documents going to SharePoint libraries. In part because the integration between Office on the desktop and SharePoint online wasn’t seamless.

In Office 2013, the integration to Office 365  is easy to set up and seamless once done. When I go to my  permanent set up on my PC I will be directing my documents directly into SharePoint as they are created. And I will be finding the time to upgrade my laptop as well, to get the same integration there as well.

The Office 365 integration makes sharing, collaborating and accessing documents for mobile or dispersed end users in small and very small organisations very, very easy. It brings out the true potential of Office 365 much more that Office 2010 did. Used to its potential this could give a nimble small organisation a flexible edge over some corporate dinosaur stuck on Office 2003. At modest cost too.

Office 2013 probably has other features, I was so taken with trying the SharePoint/Office 365 integration I didn’t even notice…

More on that another time.

Adobe E-Learning Suite

Also more on installing Adobe E-Learning Suite on Windows 8 next time. (Acrobat X Professional doesn’t install – but Acrobat XI might…)

Regards

Steven

Custom Lists and SharePoint 2010 Tutorials – First two on line

First two movies in a series now on-line.

Part 1 Custom lists and Site Columns
Part 2 Create Custom List and Import Data in SharePoint 2010
Part 3 Custom Lists and Views
Part 4 Custom Lists and Workflow
Part 5 Custom Lists and KPIs

Continue reading “Custom Lists and SharePoint 2010 Tutorials – First two on line”

Document Signing, Acrobat and Alternatives

This topic came up on a recent Acrobat session, raised by people discussing cutting and pasting signatures into documents to simulate signing. Which led to a discussion on digital signatures and Acrobat and a run through of the process (using a self signed certificate).

So I thought I would dig up some light reading on how to get a proper digital certificate for document signing. Continue reading “Document Signing, Acrobat and Alternatives”

Adobe Activation Issue “Resolved” or how I discovered the Adobe Frustration Limit Algorithm (AFLA)

My Adobe Activation problem has solved itself. I share this solution with you now:

When you go to read a pdf, the activation wizard will display and advise that it can’t activate. Continue reading “Adobe Activation Issue “Resolved” or how I discovered the Adobe Frustration Limit Algorithm (AFLA)”

Not Happy Adobe! Activation Issues

About 10 days ago I moved to the Adobe E-Learning Suite 2.5 using the subscription model. After carefully reviewing the licence agreement, I determined I would be able install on my main desktop PC and the laptop provided both were not to used at once (there is only one of me- so this is unlikely)

So I signed up, downloaded and installed on PC and laptop.

All good and ready for me to do a couple of projects with Dreamweaver and Captivate and to prepare for the Acrobat X and Captivate 5.5 exams.

Except now I can’t use any of it on either PC. Continue reading “Not Happy Adobe! Activation Issues”

Practice in LiveCycle Designer

This movie allows you to practice setting up the environment in LiveCycle Designer as a first step to creating calculations

The movie is quite wide – you may need to scroll to the right to see it properly 1280×720 2MB swf

Movie after the break Continue reading “Practice in LiveCycle Designer”

Simple Calculations in LiveCycle Designer

The following flash movie shows how to create simple calculations in LiveCycle Designer

An important initial step is not shown in the video – choosing the scripting language.

In the video I am using FormCalc

To set the form to use FormCalc

  1. Select File Menu
  2. Choose Form Properties
  3. Click the Default Tab or Page
  4. Select FormCalc (the alternative is JavaScript)
  5. Click OK

The  video is in swf format and is 1270×720 of around 6MB, you may need to scroll to the right to see it properly – when time permits I’ll tidy up the positioning.

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Microsoft Certified Trainer Achieved and Objectives for 2012

I have just received advice from Microsoft that I have been accepted as Microsoft Certified Trainer!

To achieve  this I passed the SharePoint Office Specialist exam and completed my Certificate IV Trainer and Assessor (so I had evidence of Instructor Skills)

 

 

 

I love it when a plan comes together… Continue reading “Microsoft Certified Trainer Achieved and Objectives for 2012”