|Acrobat Pro (AcroForms)
|AEM/LiveCycle Designer (XFA forms)
|Created in separate program; form fields are added in Acrobat. (Note: Adobe InDesign can create form design and add basic fields; forms are generally fine-tuned in Acrobat.)
|Forms are created from scratch in Designer, eliminating the "double-work" of AcroForms.
|AcroForms are static, however, they can support Form Templates, which allows the duplication of entire pages.
|One of the main features of Designer is the ability to create expandable forms--or forms that add in pages automatically based on user input.
|Acrobat does not create tables, but it can create multiple fields semi-automatically on a table designed elsewhere.
|Designer can create it own tables.
|Extended Reader Rights
|Done with Save As Other. Note: using this feature adds some legal restrictions on the number of users.
|Requires Acrobat Pro or AEM Design Enterprise.
|Save Form Data with Adobe Reader
(Does not affect Acrobat Pro users)
|Acrobat XI, DC, and higher can save AcroForm data without saving with extended rights. Older versions of Reader need to have extended rights enabled.
|Form data can only be saved with extended Reader rights (unless using separately-purchased AEM Enterprise options).
|Adobe Reader for Mobile Devices
|Cannot work on mobile devices. Designer forms can work as HTML with AEM Enterprise services.
|Browser Support (Computers)
|AcroForms will display if Acrobat plugin/extension is installed.
|Cannot work in browser view; must be downloaded and opened.
|Form Distribution and Data Collection
|Requires Acrobat Pro or AEM Enterprise.