Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

What are PDF Forms?

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PDF forms are PDF Documents which have interactive elements (checkboxes, text boxes, radio buttons, etc). So you can enter and alter data on them. This makes them very useful for collecting data, placing orders and creating invoices. People have even written games using them! This data can be saved as part of the document or submitted to a server. Here is a fun example of a PDF form

Example PDF form

You can see some more example forms on our FormVu sales page.

There are 2 types of PDF form based on 2 different technologies – FDF and XFA. They are very different technically and most PDF viewers do not support XFA. You need to use Adobe LiveCycle to process them (Itext and our FormVu converter can also handle them). Most PDF Viewers do support FDF by default – you do not need any additional software to display them.

PDF forms can also include JavaScript to do calculations – for example adding 2 values together and filling in a total field. We have just finished adding FDF JavaScript support to our FormVu product (which converts PDF forms into standalone HTML5 pages to use in a browser). So this month our theme is all about PDF forms!



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Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

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