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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (Aug. 27 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321509870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321509871
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #374,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

J.P. Terry is the VP of Client Services for SmartDoc Technologies, a leading company in the field of intelligent and dynamic document solutions. SmartDoc develops interactive PDF systems for Fidelity Investments, Merrill Lynch, MetLife and Blue Cross Blue Shield. SmartDoc Technologies is a member of the Adobe Solutions network and a Google Enterprise Professional. Prior to SmartDoc Technologies, J.P. founded BrandWizard Technologies and was the CEO of BrandWizard from 2000 until 2005. Mr. Terry is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, the Omnicom Executive training program and Wharton's Financial Executive program.

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I did enjoy chapter two which provides examples of form layouts and defines what makes a good, easy to use, easy to read form.
So far, I am finding this book difficult to learn from. I have no doubt the author is an expert but the lessons and layout of the lessons, for me at least, require real effort. I'm bogged down every page and feel quite upset after a few hours of trying. I'm still working on the lessons, but so far many of the lessons require looking at how various forms in the template are set-up. I prefer a step-by-step method of learning to use a product, in this case, making a variety of forms from the beginning and using the tools as you go. For my work I need to know how to make sections of a form expand and contract as required and to make a form that has invisable sections that become visable if required. As far as I can tell, aside from examining the structure of a provided form there are no written instructions on how to do recreate these structures. I think the product is good, but would prefer an easier style of learning.
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Here's the chapters listing:

1: The Basics --> Explore LC and introduce forms
2: Form Design --> General rules for good form designs; not on LC...
3: Form Creation --> Creation of forms in LC
4: Form Scripting --> FormCalc, JavaScript and some scripts
5: Form Data --> Binding to data; validation
6: Steal These Scripts --> Different scripts that we can reuse

This book does what it does well, but I would have liked it to go further. I would have liked more advanced forms (dynamic for example) in the chap. 3 and more scripts in chap. 4...

A good book, but could have more pages to go deeper, since there's no other book on the subject. If you want to go deeper, you'll have to look for hard to find trainings on the Web...
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d53a168) out of 5 stars 34 reviews
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4924354) out of 5 stars Awesome Book!! Sept. 11 2007
By J. Babin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the book that should have been included with Adobe LiveCycle Designer! It takes you step-by-step through the process of designing a and creating an interactive form and explains how to add scripts using both Adobe's Form Calc and JavaScript. First it goes through an overview of the software interface and explains the differences between different form types. Chapter 2 provides a discussion of basic design concepts and considerations for making forms readable and user-friendly. Don't skip that chapter - there's lots of great suggestions there! Next the book shows you how to create a form and incorporate all the built-in objects and tools like fill-in fields, menus, and buttons. There's also a section explaining master pages, body pages and most importantly sub-forms which are the real key to getting the most out of the software. Chapter 4 has all the basics for adding functionality with JavaScript and Form Calc. The explanation here is very straightforward and easy to follow, especially for a non-computer person like me. There are tons of examples in the text and Mr. Terry has provided a link to download all the forms he created and discusses, including several examples linked to xml data files that you can use as a starting place to make your own. In chapter 5, he shows you how to use the forms to enter and collect data, including very understandable examples of what should happen when you take various actions. Finally, the last chapter provides sample scripts for common tasks and explains how and why they work. Use this book as a workbook - go through the examples and sample files and you will be well on your way to creating very useful and functional forms. I tried using the tutorials that came with the software, but felt like I had only scratched the surface of knowing how to use LiveCycle Designer. This book filled an essential gap in my knowledge. I find a lot of computer books virtually incomprehensible, but Mr. Terry's writing style makes this book very easy to read and use. Never thought I could get excited about making a form, but the software is really pretty cool and this book helped me find that out. Highly recommended!!!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8b2420) out of 5 stars Great Adobe LiveCycle Book March 25 2008
By Hal9000 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book tells you everything you need to know to get started creating dynamic forms with Adobe LiveCycle Designer. And it tells it in a concise, succinct, and easy-to-read manner.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c804180) out of 5 stars Great Book Dec 11 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gave me all the answers I needed. I struggled with some of the instructions because I was using version 7.0 and some things did not line up with version 8.0. Scripting was a little difficult at first but after playing around I got the form to do exactly what I wanted. There was reference to a form that I never did find in either version 7.0 or 8.0.

Although a little expensive, if you want to get a form developed and in production quickly this book can help.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c3d6ab0) out of 5 stars A Perfect Forms Developer's reference Aug. 3 2009
By Kumar Sundaram - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent reference for LC Designer developers. The story I am narrating here happened in Late April 2008. The first ever PDF form I was asked to develop was a Complex form that had a constant Header and a constant footer with a body that expands and shrinks based on the number of records fetched from the database. Though I have been a developer for more than a decade, I had no experience with LC designer. Had not even heard of it. The help files of LC designer that came with Adobe Professional 8.x was in its infancy. I was very badly looking out for a book that will give me the technical approach of developing this form. Using the help files I found out that the complex form I had to develop was called here as "Dyanamic Forms". I immediately used this keyword and searched..Bingo!! There the search returned only one book written under this title. Thanks to Mr.Terry. Did not think any further. Bought the book immediately on the same week. Directly went on to page 30-33 for reading some concepts on different types of forms...and then went on to read the book in page 103 where Mr.Terry mentions the title " From the Simple to the Complex". I just read pages 103 to 123 of the book and I was in complete control of developing my form requirements. I had to work on a tool I had never even heard about..all within just 15 days time. I had no time to read the book cover to cover. Customer had chosen this LC designer tool because he wanted the PDF Extension features of the form so that data can be entered and routed for signatures to different levels of the workflow. I do not know if I could have completed this 15 days assignment without reading this book. This book made my customer look good in introducing a new paradigm for the forms in the national level conference held in May 2008. My form was the first ever form that used Live Cycle designer tool for this organization. I am really thankful to Mr.Terry for writing a book which almost acts like an EXPERT in answering any question that comes to my mind - I use keyword apppraoch, go to INDEX and pick up the page and paragraph to read the concept and an implemntation strategy in a self contained manner with simplicity in the language. Writing a book like this a great talent and this book takes you beyond any training that would be given for LC designer. Thanks to Adobe Press for publishing this book. Please buy this book if you need to work with LC designer. According to me it is a must and a desk reference. The simplicity of the language, the font, readability, the graphics all come together as a great package in this book. I would rate this book exceptional.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c179e1c) out of 5 stars Creating Dynamic Forms - Worth The Price July 1 2010
By PrintMagic - Published on Amazon.com
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As the creator of automated forms at work, I grew weary of the same old process: 1) Create a form in either Word or a desktop publishing software, 2) Drop in the form fields directly in Aobe Acrobat Pro. Some of the forms I had to produce were very long and tedious. You can guess what happened when changes were made to the base form. That's right. I had to back up and start the entire process and lay in the form fields all over again. After spending some time reading through "Creating Dynamic Forms" and employing the suggested techniques, I successfully produced my first automated form that incorporated features I never could have done with Adobe Acrobat alone.

"Creating Dynamic Forms with Adobe LiveCycle Designer" was the perfect mix of technical assistant and hand-holding teacher to guide me through the steps. The section on JavaScripting is a bit thin, but what it lacks in Javascripting, it makes up for by laying a solid foundation in the key concepts of using LiveCycle Designer effectively.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to create powerful, easy to edit automated forms but doesn't have lots of time to spend learning a new software.