Adobe LiveCycle Designer


Quickly create powerful, intelligent forms

For organizations that want to automate form data capture and processing, Adobe® LiveCycle Designer software offers a graphical design tool to create forms that combine high-fidelity presentation with XML data handling. Using Adobe LiveCycle Designer, form authors can quickly create secure, intelligent electronic forms that can be deployed as Adobe PDF or HTML documents.

How it works

Adobe LiveCycle Designer gives business users the ability to create forms that closely mirror the paper forms they will replace. A unified design environment lets form authors easily lay out templates, incorporate business logic, and preview forms in real time. Authors use an intuitive grid layout and drag-and-drop libraries to position graphics, enter text, and add form objects such as list boxes, drop-down lists, command buttons, and checkboxes. They can then render a single template into multiple formats to suit audience preference, type of data to be captured, or the platform being used.

  • Create forms that validate data, perform calculations, and automatically check for errors to increase accuracy.
  • Bind form fields to XML schemas, databases, or Web services for creation of more intelligent forms that integrate with core systems and reduce integration costs.
  • Build forms that can be published to multiple formats that users can view with the free Adobe Reader® software or a Web browser.

Simplify customization with dynamic form generation

Adobe PDF or HTML forms created in Adobe LiveCycle Designer can dynamically adjust to data and events while users fill them out. A data-driven form grows or shrinks according to the amount of data merged into it. A single template, for example, can be used to generate invoices for 3, 30, or 3,000 items. Event-driven templates adjust in response to data entered on a form. For example, an insurance form with two rows to list dependents automatically expands to four when a user enters "4" in the field for number of dependents.

  • Reduce the cost of creating and maintaining multiple templates for different scenarios and users.
  • Increase customer satisfaction and ease of use by personalizing forms
  • Improve data accuracy and consistency by prompting users to enter appropriate data into forms.

Securely extend business processes to users outside the firewall

With Adobe LiveCycle Designer, authors can lock down form design templates and restrict access rights only to certain users. In addition, Adobe LiveCycle Designer allows people to design forms that can be used with digital signature technologies to encrypt data and form templates, validate signatures, and facilitate secure electronic transactions.

  • Ensure that only intended recipients have access to forms.
  • Assign different levels of access to different users by designating who can open, forward, print, and modify a form.
  • Offer digital signature technology to speed processes and help eliminate reliance on paper.

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