a form design by dragging objects from the Object Library onto the
Layout Editor. Alternatively, you can drag objects defined in an
XML schema onto the Layout Editor.
for creating forms in Designer is different in the stand-alone and
Workbench versions of Designer.
Creating forms with the stand-alone version of Designer
When you start Designer, you are prompted to create a new
form, create a new form from a template, or open an existing form.
You can also explore the sample forms. When you select the New Form
or New From Template option, the New Form Assistant appears.
The New Form Assistant guides you through a series of steps where
you choose the type of form design or template to create, how people
will fill it, and how you will get the information back.
If you prefer, you have the option of making the New Form Assistant
If you have Acrobat 8 or later, you can send PDF forms to multiple
recipients by using the Acrobat Distribute wizard.The wizard is
available from the File menu in Designer. Sending the form by using
the wizard certifies the form originator's identity to form recipients
and encrypts the data that the recipients submit when they return
a filled form. It also adds usage rights to the form so that form
fillers can save the form in Adobe Reader.
To create a form design using the New Form Assistant
Select File > New. The New Form
In the Getting Started panel, select a method for creating
the new form, and then click Next.
Follow the on-screen instructions to create a form.
Name and save the form.
To create a form design without the New Form Assistant
Select File > New. The New Form
Click the Do Not Use Assistant link. The Assistant Options
dialog box appears.
Set the options for using the New Form Assistant and click
OK. The New dialog box appears.
In the Standard tab, click an icon to select a page size,
and then click OK. An untitled form design is created.
To view the whole page, the actual size of the page, or an area equivalent to the width of the page, click Actual Size ,Fit Page , or Fit Width on the toolbar. The current zoom setting is also displayed in the toolbar.
To start with a blank form
Click the New button on
Creating forms from Workbench
In Workbench, use the Form Design perspective to create
and manage XDP and PDF forms for a LiveCycle application. When you
create a form, it opens in Designer, where you can lay out the form
design and add objects. Workbench displays a tab with an image of
the first page of the form design, but all form editing is done
When you create a form design, you can specify a data model,
a data submission method, the Acrobat or Adobe Reader version, and
the form type. You can also select Adobe Reader features for the
form, such as commenting, digital signatures, and encryption.
Create a form design from either Designer or Workbench:
In Designer, click File > New.
In Workbench, select File > New > Form.
Follow the onscreen instructions and then click Finish.
Creating forms based on a template, sample, or existing form
You can create forms based on a
template, sample, or existing form in both the stand-alone version
of Designer and Designer with Workbench.
Open the template, sample, or existing form on which
you want to base the form design.
Select File > Save As.
Browse to the location in which to save the form design.
In the File Name box, type a file name for the form design.
Note: If you create a form using a template that was created in a previous version of Designer, you can use the Compatibility tab (Form Properties dialog box) to update it to version 7.
Using forms as a model for Guides
You can use Designer PDF or XDP form designs
as the model for creating Guides in Workbench. If you have an existing
form guide from an earlier release of LiveCycle, you can open it
in Guide Builder and your existing Guide definition is imported
into Guide Builder. For more information, see Guides based on XDP or PDF forms
Note: You cannot create a Guide based on a form design
created by importing a PDF file as artwork.
Creating forms by importing a PDF
You can import a PDF document to use as
the basis for creating a new form design. For more information,
see Importing PDF files.
create forms by importing a PDF document in both the stand-alone
version of Designer and Designer with Workbench.
If you have
PDF forms that were created in Acrobat or another application, you
can import them as background artwork. After you import the PDF
forms, you can add objects to make them interactive.
If you are
creating a PDF form design, you can select the Acrobat or Adobe
Reader target version. With the target version chosen, you can see
when an object is not appropriate for that version.