FormMaker: Creating a Fillable, Interactive PDF in InDesign Has Never Been Easier!
Hassle-free interactive, fillable PDF forms straight out of InDesign
FormMaker is the big brother of FormMagic.
This means you get everything that comes with FormMagic: Interactive PDFs straight from InDesign, complete with font formatting (font, size, color), text formatting (alignment, rich text), and PDF comb fields (one character per cell).
But what if, apart from the way the form looks, you also need to control what the form does?
Until now, any formatting, validation, or calculation of form fields could only be done in Acrobat.
This, of course, means entering a world of pain. Because any time a change has to be made to the form in InDesign, all the hard work of programming the form and setting the properties of the fields would have to be redone in Acrobat!
With FormMaker, you have access to all Acrobat’s form field functionality – in InDesign!
Use ready-made formatting options to turn the user’s input into correctly formatted numbers, dates, times, zip codes and much more.
Use easy-to-apply validations to ensure that numbers, dates, or selections are within valid limits.
Use simple calculation options to make one form field display the sum, or product, or average, etc., of other forms fields.
For instance (just one of endless possibilities), if you need certain fields to appear or become disabled or disappear depending on the user’s input, you can do this easily with FormMaker, in InDesign.
So with FormMaker you can make a truly fully interactive, useful PDF form inside InDesign without needing to do anything in Acrobat!
As an added bonus, because no edits or workarounds are needed in Acrobat, interactive PDF form accessibility remains intact – the PDF form remains as accessible as InDesign can make it.
The final result is a rich, interactive form experience for the end user: A standard PDF that can be opened by anyone with the free Adobe PDF Reader. The end user will not need anything beyond the free Adobe Reader (that they probably already have installed on their computer) to view and interact with your rich PDF forms. Even fonts you have chosen will be available to users to fill-in the form with, even if they don’t have those fonts installed on their computer.
Quick Video Tutorial
Watch this short tutorial to see the power of FormMaker: