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I'm trying to edit a PDF that was created in LiveCycle Designer and I get a warning box that says:  "This form cannot be edited in Adobe Acrobat.  Please use Adobe LiveCycle Designer to edit this form."  I have the latest version of Acrobat Pro.  Is there something additional I need to install to edit this form?  Any help would be appreciated.

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Edit a PDF created in LiveCycle Designer

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I'm trying to edit a PDF that was created in LiveCycle Designer and I get a warning box that says:  "This form cannot be edited in Adobe Acrobat.  Please use Adobe LiveCycle Designer to edit this form."  I have the latest version of Acrobat Pro.  Is there something additional I need to install to edit this form?  Any help would be appreciated.

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Yes, you need LiveCycle Designer. This is not just a warning, you cannot edit this file in Adobe Acrobat. There are two different forms systems in the world of PDF: AcroForms are forms that you can create and edit in Adobe Acrobat, and XFA - or LiveCycle Designer - forms, which are created in LiveCycle Designer.

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Can someone please tell me how to get a trial of LiveCycle...I am a CC subscriber.

Please help me, thanks

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I assume you are referring to LiveCycle Designer. As far as I know, there is no trial version. Back when it was bundled with Adobe Acrobat Pro, you could use it during the trial period, but now that it's unbundled, I am not aware of any way to do that anymore.

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Thank you for your timely reply. I have a pdf form in which I need to replace a couple of links. When I try to edit them I get a pop-up that says I must use Livecycle Designer to edit the links.

So, as far as you are aware, I have to buy new software (in addition to the creative suite that I already rent) in order to edit links in a pdf??

And…I have to buy software that is no longer supported by Adobe (please see below)?

Thank you very much for your time,

Jackie

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Did you email a screen shot? You can't. Please tell us what makes you believe LiveCycle Designer is no longer supported. Yes, you DO need it if the file was made with Designer.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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It's unfortunate that Adobe decided to remove LiveCycle Designer from the Acrobat Pro bundle. If you don't have access to an old version of Acrobat Pro (e.g. Acrobat Pro X), then you will either have to purchase new software (and learn how to use this new software), or pay somebody to make the edits for you.

BTW, if you tried to attach an image or some other element to your message, that did not work. Images can videos can be attached in the web interface, other files need to be uploaded and then linked to.

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Karl,

Please check out:

https://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle.html

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See this article " Planet PDF - Adobe LiveCycle Designer... moving forward "

If you want to convert an XFA form to an Acrobat form you do have one little workaround that can quickly do the job. Open Acrobat and select Create PDF From Web page. Click the Browse button in the Create PDF from Web Page dialog box and navigate to the location where your Designer form is located. Click Create and the form is converted to an Acrobat form. There are many problems with the conversion such as JavaScripts and code lost, field name problems, and more. But the form is editable in Acrobat and you can change the fields using the Acrobat Profesional form features. This may not be a solution for complex forms, but for simple forms conversion and a little editing can save you a lot of time.

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Peeps! I have solved this: go to Organise pages>Extract> choose all pages, Extract all.  Open the Prepare Form menu and voila! all the fields will be there and ready to use AND you can create new fields. Just remember to save your new file.

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The piece of information missing there is that LCD used to be bundled for free with Acrobat Pro, but not any more. You now need to purchase it separately.

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And that answered my question. Get us hooked and then come back to charge us. Thanks for the missing info!

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I've looked at the page. You need to know that LiveCycle is a large suite of different products, of which LiveCycle Designer is just one. What point on the page about support did you want to draw our attention to?

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I’m referring to this part-

“Core support for Adobe LiveCycle ES4 ends March 2018”—

So, you are saying that even though LiveCycle Designer is part of this suite it will still be supported?

Thx, jt

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LiveCycle forms are old. Use AEM forms.

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I am very grateful for your help.

This is the problem:

I have a very complex interactive form (pdf) that has 2 links that need to be updated. When I opened the form in Acrobat DC the prompt said that the form could only be edited in LiveCycle Designer.

I need to make a recommendation to my boss, who needs the links updated. If I tell him to buy this software so that I can update 2 links, what else can I do with the software that I can’t do with the rest of the suite?? Isn’t this the purpose of a trial version?

If this isn’t your job, I don’t expect you to take the time to answer all of this…but can you direct to another venue…I need to understand way more than I currently do.

Thank you, jt

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There is no trial version of LiveCycle Designer.

How did you create the form?

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Yes, thank you, I understand.

What I need to know now is whether or not I should recommend to my boss that he buy software in order to change 2 links—as I said before, I need to understand what else I can do with the software that cannot be done with the rest of the suite—I need to justify the purchase and I don’t have a robust enough understanding of the software—how can I get this info??

I apologize for my many questions.

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I did not create the form—that’s the issue—I don’t have the original file.

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You can try the forum for LiveCycle Designer.

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Thanks, I did try the Livecycle forum—unfortunately the last entry was about 4 years ago—can you please refer me to an Adobe person who could explain the phase out of Livecycle and what that means in terms of the software I should tell my boss to buy in order to change 2 links in a pdf.

Thank you

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The last entry was some minutes ago.

LiveCycle Designer

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The entry states that a “trial copy” of Livecycle Designer could not be installed—you just told me that trial versions did not exist—can you please refer me to a person that actually knows the software and can advise me as to what to purchase, please.

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Actually, if you read the license that comes with pretty much any trial software that I am aware of, you will find that you are not allowed to use it for real work. You can evaluate the software, but as soon as you are using it for anything else but evaluation, you need to obtain a full license.

Also, the discussion you are probably referring to in your last comment is from 2014. And, there are other comments that say that there is no eval version (or at least they could not find one and are asking for the link). I suspect that there was a trial version available at some point in time, but no longer is.

If this is really just about updating two links, you are very likely better off by paying somebody to do this work for you. If you are interested, I do have LiveCycle Designer. You can contact me via email. My contact information is on my profile page.

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Why do read 4 years old postings?

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Karl, it seems as though I have not been clear, so I apologize.

I do not wish to use trial software for commercial use—and I am sure that you are right about this as I have used Adobe products since the Pagemaker days…

Trial versions are for evaluation. I need to evaluate whether or not I should tell my boss to spend $300.00 so that I can update 2 links with software that Adobe is telling people to migrate away from…

Is there a more “current” software available that we can buy to update the links?? It seems rather foolish to buy software that Adobe is telling people to migrate from—right?? What would you do if you needed to solve my “problem”

And, could you please answer: These are not really pdfs, right??

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Sorry for the misunderstanding. There is no trial version of LCD - not anymore. There really is not much more we can tell you. Nobody in this discussion works for Adobe, we are all just users of Adobe's PDF technology.

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ok, as users of pdf technology, please tell me what you would do, please.

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This is what I am telling my customers about LiveCycle Designer: It's a dying technology, don't invest in it. For a long time the writing was on the wall, but with Adobe announcing the end of support for the product, we now even know when this will happen.

The big investment is not buying the software. The problem is that you need to learn how to use it. I don't know how much your time is worth, but usually climbing the learning curve is more expensive than the product you are trying to learn. So I would not buy LCD, and would outsource the modifications to your documents. At the end you will have to figure out if it's cheaper to have somebody else make these changes for you every month/twice a year/every other year or whatever the timeframe is that you expect, or to actually own the software and be able to do it on your own whenever it is required.

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I would recommend converting the file to a "normal" PDF form, unless you really must have some features of the LCD forms which are not available in Acrobat forms (like dynamically-sized fields or a connection to a DB). Sure, it will basically mean having to create all the form fields from scratch, but you will have full control over your file in the future and won't be in the same situation the next time you need to make some small adjustment to it.

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Karl, thank you for the great answer. Thank you for your time. Do you have advice as to how I find a source to do this?

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I have AEM forms on one laptop 6.4.0 and need to move to a new laptop, however it does not appear to have a serial number and not listed on my account .  Anyone able to help me?

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It used to come bundled with Acrobat Pro (up to version X, I believe). If you have the installer for that application you'll need to run it on your new computer and hope that it works...

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The source would basically be learning how to create PDF forms with Acrobat, and creating a form that looks and works the same by examination of the LiveCycle Designer file. Unless you invest in Designer you won't be able to examine the internal logic, so you will have to recreate from scratch. There are no tools or resources for converting.

Designer forms are basically dead, but a long time dying. I would advise anyone against getting it to use for new forms. Whether it's cost effective to use for old forms is another matter. Indeed, whether it's worth creating PDF forms at all is open to debate: HTML forms are so much more portable !

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Thank you for your thoughtful answer and your time.

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There is some evidence that LiveCycle has been subsumed into and replaced by Adobe Experience Manager. There is some evidence that Adobe don't expect you to deliver PDF forms any more, but instead use an enterprise tool that dynamically converts them to HTML forms on the fly. "Some evidence" is the best I can give, because (in this area) Adobe has abandoned technical information in favour of glossy marketing material completely. This is probably the future of software and services: sell a brand and a feel, not specifications and features.

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