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  • in reply to: Form Maker Error – Not accepting keystrokes sometimes #6461
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Kira,

    What version of InDesign are you using, and what operating system (Mac, Windows) and version?
    Also, what exact version of FormMaker are you using?

    Ariel

    in reply to: Yearbook Creator #6460
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Mark,
    Thanks for sending the index file.
    The script expects to receive a tab-delimited file, whereas this index file is comma-delimited.
    I opened the file in a text editor (Notepad++ in my case), replaced all the commas with tabs and saved. When I ran the script it again it seemed to be working fine.
    Does that fix it for you as well?
    Ariel

    in reply to: Yearbook Creator #6459
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Mark,

    There are no issues that I’m aware of with 2022.
    Could you send me your index file so I can take a look in the first instance? Send it to admin (at) id-extras.com

    Thanks,
    Ariel

    in reply to: Cant pay with a option of ‘pay by credit card’ #6458
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Unfortunately, for technical reasons, for customers in Israel only payment via Paypal or bank transfer is available.

    Ariel

    in reply to: FormMaker Pro Formatting Problem (Border Lines Disappearing) #6368
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    I’ve checked this a little more, but I stand by my conclusion: The thinnest supported border for a form field in Acrobat (the “thin” setting) is a 1-point border, so in InDesign, set the border around form fields to no less than 1 point.


    @paradiddler
    : It is true that the thinner 0.25 borders display ok before FormMagic is run in Acrobat, but this is only true if, indeed, the fields’ blue highlighting is disabled. If it isn’t (and for many users, it won’t be), the borders are broken or incomplete, as displayed in DelBocaVista’s first screen capture.

    Worse, even if the blue highlighting is switched off and FormMaker is not yet run, as soon as the user clicks into a form field, the border no longer displays correctly.

    Exactly what’s going in in Acrobat here, I’m not sure. But it is clear that Acrobat does not “officially” support field borders thinner then 1pt, and even “unoficially” they do not work well.

    So my recommendation remains to stick to a minimum thickness of 1pt (the “thin”) setting for all field borders.

    Of course, there’s a fairly simple workaround: Add a regular rectangle around each form field in InDesign – a rectangle that is not itself part of the field. That way the border becomes a regular vector graphic, and you can make it as thick or as thin as you like, or give it rounded corners, or whatever.

    Ariel

    Ariel
    Keymaster

    P.S. regarding the font issue, the Archer font family does not allow itself to be embedded in a PDF form field, so it’s not a good choice here unless you can be sure that all your end users will have that font installed.

    The easiest way to know whether a font will be embedded in the PDF with FormMagic (or FormMaker), is to try and apply it to a text field in Acrobat manually.
    When you do this, if it cannot be embedded Acrobat will display a warning saying that the font cannot be embedded.
    If Acrobat can’t embed the font, neither can FormMagic.

    Ariel

    Ariel
    Keymaster

    P.S. regarding the font issue, the Archer font family does not allow itself to be embedded in a PDF form field, so it’s not a good choice here unless you can be sure that all your end users will have that font installed.

    The easiest way to know whether a font will be embedded in the PDF with FormMagic (or FormMaker), is to try and apply it to a text field in Acrobat manually.
    When you do this, if it cannot be embedded Acrobat will display a warning saying that the font cannot be embedded.
    If Acrobat can’t embed the font, neither can FormMagic.

    Ariel

    in reply to: Section Stuff weirdness – running it moves the text frame #6422
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Just a heads-up that the latest version of Sections Stuff (1.7.8) provides a workaround to avoid this InDesign bug. Available as a free upgrade here: https://www.id-extras.com/shopping-cart/my-account/

    Ariel

    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Loren,

    Ignoring the font issue for the moment, I opened the PDF on my Windows 10 machine and everything seems fine. I’m able to type values into the various fields and they “stick”, they don’t revert to any default value.
    So I guess the question is, Are you sure your client is opening the file in Adobe Reader and not some other PDF reader software? For reliable results, it should be opened only in the free Adobe Reader.
    You imply that she is, but have you double-checked?
    Otherwise, I’m somewhat out of ideas. Maybe a screen recording of what happens when she types stuff into the fields will give a clue…

    Ariel

    in reply to: Section Stuff weirdness – running it moves the text frame #6421
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Yudel,

    Thanks for the file – received just now.
    It seems like a weird InDesign bug.
    A workaround: In your document, change the first section (on page 1) to “automatic page numbering” rather than “Start Page Numbering at: 1”.
    If you do that, nothing weird happens when you run Sections Stuff.
    I’ll see if I can program this workaround into the script itself, but for now, that’s the quickest solution, I think.

    Ariel

    in reply to: Formmagic 2.0.2 – pc and mac font embedding #6438
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Castor-Designs,

    Above, I wrote that the permission has to be set to “editable” or “installable”, so I’m not sure why “preview/print”, which is a stricter level, should work. I’ll need to look into it some more.

    Quote:
    Also two more questions:
    – Is it recommended to use the purge command or rather not for best compatibility?

    When you’re ready to distribute the PDF, yes, you should definitely use the Purge command to reduce the PDF file size. It makes no difference to compatibility.

    Quote:
    – I have seen some pdf forms where the font size adapts to the amount of text: When more text is written the size gets decreased (Video with timestamp). Do you know how to achieve this?

    You can do this with FormMagic by setting the text size to 12.345. More info: https://www.id-extras.com/help/formmagic/#:~:text=3.2%20%C2%A0%20%C2%A0The%20magic%20font%20size%3A%2012.345pt!

    Ariel

    in reply to: Formmagic 2.0.2 – pc and mac font embedding #6436
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Castor-Designs,

    Thanks for the files.
    (1) I installed the font “for all users” on Windows and then created a new document with a text field, using that font. (Note that it is not enough to put the font in a special Document Fonts folder that only InDesign can read, because Acrobat needs to have access to the font as well, below in Step 5.)
    (2) I exported the document to interactive PDF with FormMagic.
    (3) It opened in Acrobat, and I ran the FormMagic command at the bottom of the Edit menu in Acrobat.
    (4) I saved the PDF after running the FormMagic command and closed Acrobat.
    (5)I then uninstalled the font and reopened the PDF. Everything seems in order. The font is nicely embedded, and I can type with it in the text field even though it is not installed on my computer. I’m attaching the PDF.

    Are these the exact steps you followed?

    Ariel

    in reply to: Formmagic 2.0.2 – pc and mac font embedding #6434
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Castor-Designs,

    I think the problem here is that the font does not have an internal Postscript name.
    Be sure to give it a Postscript name in your font editor and try again.
    At that point, there is a good chance that FormMagic will be able to embed the font properly for you.
    If it still doesn’t work, check out the info in Section 7 of the Help guide, here: https://www.id-extras.com/help/formmagic/#:~:text=7.%20%C2%A0%20Advanced%3A%20Using%20the%20FontList.txt%20File

    HTH,
    Ariel

    in reply to: Section Stuff weirdness – running it moves the text frame #6420
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Sure. Send the file to admin (at) id-extras.com

    in reply to: FormMaker feature requests #6454
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Mike,

    Glad to hear you’re finding FormMaker useful, it’s a great product!

    (1) Regarding purging the data by default: The reason I didn’t do this is in case people want to play around with the form in Acrobat, fill it in and then reset it by running FormMaker again on it. If the data is purged, this wouldn’t work.
    Having said that, I hear your suggestion. There should definitely be at least an option to run it by default.

    (2) Document actions: Another good feature request! There is a workaround, meanwhile, though. Add a document script that will itself add a document action. You can do this with FormMaker by adding the following document script (this will turn on field highlighting when the PDF is closed in Acrobat):

    Code:
    this.setAction(“WillClose”, ‘app.runtimeHighlight = true;’);

    So when you run FormMaker in Acrobat, this will actually become a document “willClose” action script.
    Then, before you actually distribute the PDF (at the same time as running the “purge” command!), you will probably want to delete this document script (leave the action, of course, but delete the script) as it is no longer necessary. (This last step is not essential, I guess, but it’s tidier.)

    Ariel

    in reply to: Translate: Impossible to scroll down in the language lists! #6453
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Klaus,

    It’s a familiar Adobe ScriptUI bug.
    A couple of workarounds:
    (1) Click on the menu, and keep the mouse button down. Locate the language you want, then release the mouse button. This should make it possible to select Norwegian.
    or (2) Click any language, then use the Up and Down arrow keys to select the actual language you want.

    Does that help?
    Ariel

    in reply to: Translate: Impossible to scroll down in the language lists! #6452
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Klaus,

    It’s a familiar Adobe ScriptUI bug.
    A couple of workarounds:
    (1) Click on the menu, and keep the mouse button down. Locate the language you want, then release the mouse button. This should make it possible to select Norwegian.
    or (2) Click any language, then use the Up and Down arrow keys to select the actual language you want.

    Does that help?
    Ariel

    in reply to: Simplified Field Notation #6450
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Chris,
    I’m not aware of a way to get the script to appear in the Simplified Field Notation section (although it’s not impossible that there might be some way of doing so — I’ll update here if I find anything).
    So, you’d need to convert your simplified syntax to a full script, and it will then appear in the Custom Script panel, not the simplified panel. It’s very easy to make the conversion. For instance, if you’ve got this simplified notation:

    Code:
    (Text1+Text2)*(Text1-Text2)

    It would become:

    Code:
    event.value=((this.getField(“Text1”).value+this.getField(“Text2”).value))*((this.getField(“Text1”).value-this.getField(“Text2”).value));

    In other words, wherever in the simplified notation you just type the name of the field (e.g.

    Code:
    Text1

    ), you’d need to replace that with (e.g.)

    Code:
    this.getField(“Text1”).value

    , and at the beginning of the line just add

    Code:
    event.value =

    as shown above.
    More info here: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/manage-form-field-properties.html
    Does that help?
    Ariel

    in reply to: Change Consecutive Paragraphs #6448
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Clark,
    That definitely shouldn’t be happening. It could be a bug, or perhaps your Change Consec settings are wrong.
    Could you post a screenshot of the way you set up Change Consecutive Paragraphs? I’ll have a look.
    Ariel

    in reply to: Button Actions in FormMaker #6447
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Phil,
    Thanks for posting this.
    I just tried it, and although it is true that using the white “direct selection” tool to select a button won’t work (FormMaker’s action tab remains greyed out), it is possible to select a button in a group with the black “selection” tool (double-click on the button in the group to select it). At that point, the Action tab becomes enabled.
    So it is not necessary to ungroup the buttons to use FormMaker with them.

    Ariel

    in reply to: Limit on number of interactive fields on one page #6446
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Not that I’m aware of.

    in reply to: Duplicating text from one field to another. #6444
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Warren,

    I’m also not managing to use the “same field name” trick (which is not to say it is not possible – you may want to ask on the Adobe Acrobat forum, an expert there may have a solution).
    So what I would do in this case is a one-line custom “format” script that copies the contents of Field A to Field B whenever Field A is modified. It looks like this:

    Code:
    this.getField(“Field B”).value = this.getField(“Field A”).value;

    This script would be attached to Field A. In FormMaker in InDesign open the “Format” tab and choose “Custom” from the dropdown, and paste this in. Obviously you would need to change the field names to match the particulars of your form.

    HTH,
    Ariel

    in reply to: Extract Pages export issues #6443
    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Unfortunately not, not without custom development. The issue is similar to this one: http://id-extras.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=31

    Ariel

    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Kate,
    I don’t think you can change the shape of the arrow in a dropdown box.
    Regarding making custom shapes for checkmarks: You can select the various states of the checkmark (Normal On, Normal Off), etc., and play around with the stroke and fill options. You can also go in with the white arrow and change the actual shape of the checkmark.
    Also, you could even create a multi-state object in InDesign (https://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1924981&seqNum=13), and then use that as a checkbox.
    The biggest issue with checkboxes, though, is how they appear in Acrobat.
    Their appearance in Acrobat very much depends on whether the user has selected the “show field highlights” option. Because if they have (and this is, unfortunately for us, selected by default), the appearance of checkboxes gets very weird.
    For this reason, I think I would stick to the defaults.
    Not sure I’ve understood the issue with the radio button and object style…

    Ariel
    Keymaster

    Hi Kate,
    I don’t think you can change the shape of the arrow in a dropdown box.
    Regarding making custom shapes for checkmarks: You can select the various states of the checkmark (Normal On, Normal Off), etc., and play around with the stroke and fill options. You can also go in with the white arrow and change the actual shape of the checkmark.
    Also, you could even create a multi-state object in InDesign (https://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1924981&seqNum=13), and then use that as a checkbox.
    The biggest issue with checkboxes, though, is how they appear in Acrobat.
    Their appearance in Acrobat very much depends on whether the user has selected the “show field highlights” option. Because if they have (and this is, unfortunately for us, selected by default), the appearance of checkboxes gets very weird.
    For this reason, I think I would stick to the defaults.
    Not sure I’ve understood the issue with the radio button and object style…

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