Getting started with PDF forms

PagePlus lets you use electronic-based PDF forms to collect inputted data from readers of your publication in an efficient and modern manner. In much the same way as traditional paper forms are used to collect information (remember your last Tax Return!), PDF forms offer the same form completion concepts, but increase the interaction between publisher and audience by using an electronic medium.

Some common form types include Application forms, Contact Information forms, Request forms, Feedback forms, and Guest books.

One thing in common with all PDF forms is that they have to be published as PDF to operate. A PagePlus .ppp file with form functionality must be converted to PDF with PagePlus tbr std publishpdf Getting started with PDF forms Publish PDF (Standard toolbar).

Form Structure

The building blocks of a form comprise a mixture of text, graphics and Form fields. Form fields collect recipient data and can be added, moved and modified in a similar way to more familiar objects in PagePlus such as graphics and table elements. A field can be a Text field, Radio Button, Combo box, List box, Check box or a simple button.

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From the form recipient’s perspective, information is typed into text boxes or selected from check boxes, radio buttons, or drop-down boxes. The information entered can be numeric, textual, or a mixture of both. It is possible to arrange and lock form fields, plus control the order in which form fields can be navigated (see Designing your PDF forms).

Each field has its own set of Form Field Properties relating to its appearance, its value(s), validation, calculations, and the action expected of the field.

In PagePlus, the form should be integrated into your Page design as you develop your publication (see Designing your PDF Forms). The form’s functionality only then becomes active when a PDF of the form is generated. When a form recipient enters data into form fields the data can be collected as described below.

JavaScript is used to allow interactivity in your PDF forms. It drives formatting, validation, calculations, and actions—all key functions in PDF form development.

How is data collected?

Several methods exist for collecting forms once they have been completed.

(1) By Hardcopy Print.

(2) You can Save Data to e-mail (alternatively you can save data within the form).

(3) You can Submit Data to Web (a CGI application; by submission to a web-enabled server/database).

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Getting started with PDF forms