Is there an alternative to Adobe Live Cycle for developing fillable forms?
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Depends on how complicated you want them.
It is a pdf form with multiple text fields, check boxes and two drop down "Date" fields. I developed it years ago in Live Cycle and now it needs to be edited. It tried editing in Acrobat but it does not work.
If attempts to edit in Acrobat failed, I don't think there is any other application that can open and edit the existing file. You'll have to rebuild the form anew.
Live Cycle forms must be updated / edited in Live Cycle. You cannot open them in anything else.
I am beginning to figure that out. So thank you and everyone else for their feedback. And the fact that Adobe Live Cycle no longer exists...it is back to the drawing board....literally.
The last time I checked, Livecycle Designer still existed, in the form of AEM Forms Designer. However, it's not available separately, and you'd be an enterprise-scale customer shelling out, I dunno, tens of thousands of dollars? to license AEM. So it's not available to us as designers at all.
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At its simplest, Adobe Acrobat creates useful and easy fillable forms, and has rudimentary tracking tools for small volumes. For the web there are all kinds of options wrapped around a number of different tools. What kind of fillable forms are you looking to create, and what do you want to do with them?
Seeing your response above, is it simple enough to just recreate the form in Acrobat?
As a former Live Cycle trainer and forms developer, today we use Adobe InDesign to design, layout, and add form fields. Exporting to an accessible PDF "AcroForm" is nearly complete. Throughout the year, we hold classes for this.
Scripts can be added to the PDF to extend the form's capabilities, and there are a couple of plug-ins to InDesign that are helpful, too.
It is a form that is posted on our network that departments can download. It is used to order printing for our in-plant print shop. They fill it out and click on a "Submit by Email" button at the bottom. It is designed in such a way that if all the "required" information is not filled out, a red box appears around the field that is missing. The file comes to me as a .xml file and I import it into the fillable form, assign it a number and send a copy back to the ordering department. I can then save the form to our computer as a pdf for tracking purposes.
If you have a website or intranet you'd be better off with an HTML-based form. You could even use a Google form for what you're looking for.