Note: Effective March 10, 2012, Adobe is deprecating the Guides capabilities of Adobe® Livecycle® ES. The Guides functionality is available for upgrade purposes only and will be removed from the product after two major releases.

The Forms service renders form designs to multiple types of forms, including PDF forms, HTML forms, and Guides. A user can fill the form and send information back to the server by submitting it. Typically, forms are rendered to client applications, such as web browsers, to collect information from end users. You can also use the Forms service to merge data with a form design to populate field values. For example, you can merge predefined data to provide default values in a form.

To test your forms designs, use the FormsIVS sample. (See LiveCycle Samples).

You create form designs in Designer. The Forms service can use these types of form designs to output PDF forms, HTML forms, or Guides:

  • Adobe Dynamic XML Form (*.pdf) (Can render PDF only.)

  • Adobe Static PDF Form (*.pdf) (Can render PDF only.)

  • Adobe XML Form (*.xdp) (Can render all supported outputs.)

For example, you can use the Forms service to render an Adobe XML form (*.xdp) as an HTML form to display to a user. In another step in your process, you can render the same XML form and data as a PDF form to display to another user.

In Designer, special form objects must be added to the form design to render as an HTML form or PDF form for use with Workspace. For information about how to prepare a form for Process Management, see Using Designer > Creating Forms for Process Management in the Adobe LiveCycle ES3 - Designer 10 Help.

For information about using the Forms service, see Services Reference for Adobe LiveCycle ES3.

For more information, see Adobe LiveCycle ES3 - Designer 10 Help.

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