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Adobe LiveCycle Designer (XFA forms)

2 Days Introduction
Additional day for database connectivity

The class is a 2-day class; aAn additional day is required for dealing with data connections. LiveCycle Designer was included with Acrobat Pro 7-X. Starting with version XI, Designer is only available as a stand-alone product.

What is the difference between Acrobat forms (AcroForms) and LiveCycle Designer forms (XFA forms)?

Overview

  • Understanding Dynamic Forms
  • Acrobat vs. LiveCycle forms

Setting up the workspace palettes

  • Object Library
  • Fragment Library
  • Object
  • Layout
  • Border
  • Drawing Aids
  • Hierarchy
  • Tab Order
  • XML
  • Design View
  • Master Pages
  • XML Source
  • Preview PDF
  • Script Editor
  • Font
  • Paragraph

Creating forms

  • From Templates
  • From Blank pages

Understanding the Library Palette

  • Favorites
  • Standard Group
  • Custom Group
  • Barcodes Group

Field Types

  • Text object
  • Text Field
  • Numeric Field
  • Decimal Field
  • Date Field
  • Password Field
  • Image object
  • Image Field
  • Radio Button
  • Check Boxes
  • Drop-Down List
  • List Box
  • Button(s)
  • Signature Field
  • Graphic Objects
    • Rectangle
    • Circle
    • Line
  • Content Areas & Subforms

Library features

  • Updating objects with custom settings
  • Sharing custom Libraries
  • Saving & Preview options
  • Static vs. Dynamic

Adding Fields

  • Drag-and-drop
  • Insert menu
  • Copying & Duping Fields

Selecting, Aligning, & Grouping Fields

  • Using the Grid and Guides
  • Adjusting the size
  • Adding Guide lines

Editing Objects

  • Naming Fields
    • Caption vs. Binding Name
  • Adjusting size
    • Visually & numerically
  • Formatting Values and Captions
    • Font palette
    • Paragraph palette
  • Borders (strokes) and Fills
  • Input & Display Patterns
  • Normal vs. Global Binding
  • List Values
  • Adding List entries in XML palette
  • Working with the Tab Order palette

Working with the Hierarchy Palette

  • Understanding Subforms
    • Creating Subforms
    • Wrapping with Subforms
  • Flowable Subforms

Working with Tables

  • Static Tables
  • Table wizard

Understanding Form Fragments

  • Creating Fragments
  • Updating Fragments

Using Master Pages

  • Master Page Design
  • Master Page Usage Control

Scripting and Action Builder

  • FormCalc
    • Adding up table fields
    • Grand totals from table fields
  • JavaScript
  • Dynamic Tables with the Instance Manager
  • Hide & Show with Presence
  • Drop-Down Lists with Variable Values

Advanced LiveCycle Designer Options

NOTE: These topics require an additional day.

  • More Script examples
    • FormCalc & JavaScript
  • Creating Data Connections
    • Binding to XML Schema
    • Binding to XML sample file
    • Binding to OLEDB database
    • Binding to a WSDL file
  • Adding new fields with binding
  • Adding binding to current fields
  • Working with a database
    • Designing a database
    • Importing/Exporting data to Access DB
    • Working with imported DB data
  • Understanding LiveCycle Enterprise Suite products