New: FormMaker Assistant
And the best bit? Because the layout and functionality is identical to the Acrobat Properties window, you’ll be up and running in no time, without needing to write a single line of Javscript code!
With FormMaker Assistant, you can format fields to accept only numbers (specifying the number of decimal places you want), or dates (in any format), or time, currency, percent, zip codes, telephone numbers, social security numbers or any custom mask. You can validate fields to make sure that they fall within a predefined range. You can calculate the sum, product, average, minimum or maximum of other fields and place the result in a new field. All in InDesign. All without writing a single line of code!
Here’s a screenshot of the InDesign add-on FormMaker Assistant:
To browse the full product documentation, click here. Remember that FormMaker includes all the features of FormMagic.
Download the Free Edition of FormMaker
Click here to download FormMaker Free Edition and give it a test drive.
The Free Edition is identical to the Pro edition, except that it is limited to a single-page form, and up to 10 form fields only.
In the download package of FormMaker you will find a text file called “Installation Instructions.” Follow these instructions carefully. They will tell you how to install FormMaker on your computer.
If you need help installing FormMaker on your computer, please contact us.
If you have installed the two FormMaker scripts correctly, by copying them to the correct folders on your computer, you will see a new entry in your InDesign scripts panel called FormMakerFree , and in Acrobat you will see a new entry at the bottom of the Edit menu called “FormMaker”.
What formatting is restored by FormMaker?
Just like FormMagic, FormMaker restores the font, size, color, alignment, and default text to the form fields in your interactive PDF. For rich text fields, it also restores superscript, subscript, strikethrough and underline formatting.
It can be used with rich text fields, regular text fields, combo boxes and list boxes.
Additionally, you can create combs in InDesign with FormMaker. What is a comb? It’s a type of form field where each character is separated by a vertical line, and you can type only one character per box, like this:
To create a comb in InDesign, create a form text field and separate the text inside the field with the vertical bar character (it looks like this: |). It will be converted to a comb field in Acrobat when you run FormMaker!
With FormMaker, You Can Add Interactivity to Your Fillable PDFs without Leaving InDesign!
Click here to see an example of how FormMaker was used to add an Acroscript in InDesign that converts a user’s input into all-capital letters (just one of limitless possibilities).
Missing Features? Customization?
Is there something you do with PDF forms that can’t be done with FormMaker in InDesign?
If you find there is a feature missing, tell us about it! We are very open to improving and extending FormMaker‘s capabilities, and need user feedback to get a sense of what is needed. New features can often be added quickly and easily, so don’t be disheartened that it will take months to see your requested feature! It might only take a day or two!