Create a data connection to a model

You can use a data structure captured in other Document Services products to create your form design. In addition to providing UML-like capabilities, the Adobe application modeling technology supports advanced functionality, including derived properties, variants, constraints, filters, and styles. You create an Adobe Data Model connection by selecting an FML file.

A model data connection enables you to bind elements and attributes based on the model to fields in the form. You can also use the data structure to create bound fields and subforms. You can then submit the form to the server to merge it with data that is based on the model.

Note: Forms that are connected to an Adobe Data Model are saved in XDP format and preview as static PDFs. When you add an Adobe Data Model connection to a form, all interactive form features are disabled.

Do one of the following tasks:

  • Select File > New Data Connection.

  • Select an object on the page. In the Object palette, click the Binding tab, and select New Data Connection from the Data Binding menu.

  • In the Name New Connection box, type a name for the connection.

    The name must be one word and no longer than 127 characters. The first character of the name must be a letter or underscore (_). The remaining characters can be letters, digits, hyphens (-), underscores, or periods (.).

  • Select Adobe Data Model and click Next.

  • Click Browse and search for and select the FML file.

  • Click Finish. The data schema appears in the Data View palette.

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