AEM 6.1 forms feature pack 1 includes several new features and enhancements that further streamline and enhance creation, publishing, and working with forms, documents, and correspondences.

Read on for introduction to these features and links to relevant resources for more information.


Enhancements in adaptive forms

Authoring enhancements

Rule editor

AEM forms includes a powerful and intuitive rule editor to build rules and add dynamic behavior to adaptive forms components. The rule editor provides two modes for creating rules — a visual editor and a code editor — allowing business users as well as developers to build complex rules with ease. These rules can help simplify the form filling experience for end users while assuring speed and accuracy.

Charts

AEM forms now includes an out-of-the-box Chart component that you can use in adaptive forms and documents for visual representation of two-dimensional data in repeatable panels and table rows. It supports a wide range of chart types, such as Pie, Donut, Bar, Column, Line, Line and Point, Point, and Area. In addition, the component includes built-in statistical functions, such as sum, mean, median, average, mode, maximum, minimum, range, and frequency, which you can use to compute values for plotting a chart.

Save panels as fragments

AEM forms introduces the capability to convert adaptive form panels into fragments. A fragment can be reused in other adaptive forms. Also, when you open an adaptive form containing fragments for authoring, the fragments do not render. Instead, it displays images of fragments. You can edit or modify a fragment separately and the changes reflect in all associated adaptive forms. It helps significantly reduce the load time when authoring and thus improves the overall performance, especially for large forms.

Runtime enhancements

Lazy loading

AEM forms now provides a configuration to lazily load adaptive form fragments, which defers the initialization of form fragments until they are required. It helps significantly reduces the load time for large forms and enhances the form filling experience for end users.

APIs to work with submitted forms

AEM forms provides APIs to help business users generate reports out of form data submitted through forms portal and take informed decisions. In addition, it allows to update form metadata properties and add comments to submitted forms.

BlackBerry support

Adaptive forms are now supported on BlackBerry Z30 and Q10 mobile devices. 



Enhancements to AEM Forms app

PhoneGap 5 support

AEM forms app now uses Adobe PhoneGap 5 to leverage the power of latest developments in mobile hardware and software.

Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 support

AEM forms app is now supported on Microsoft Surface devices, tablets, laptops, and desktops running Microsoft Windows 10 and Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating systems.

Android app on Google Play

AEM forms app is now available on Google Play store.



Experience targeting in AEM forms

Deliver targeted content from within the image component

AEM forms is tightly integrated with Adobe Target. You can now enable a Target framework in an adaptive form and specify a Target activity to define rule-based experiences within an image component of an adaptive form. Once configured, the image component fetches different experiences from Target server and delivers them based on the rules defined in the activity.



Enhancements in Correspondence Management

Preview letter in HTML

Browsers are gradually withdrawing support for NPAPI-based plug-ins, including plug-ins for Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Acrobat Reader. AEM forms Correspondence Management now displays a letter as HTML in the Create Correspondence UI. However, Correspondence Management still supports reverting to the old previewing mechanism instead of HTML preview. In the HTML preview, you can do the following:

  • Highlight all the editable content in a letter
  • Click the editable content in the letter to highlight the relevant content module in the Content tab

Title field in document fragments and letters

Letters and various document fragments now have a Title field that supports special characters and non-English characters. Letters and other document fragments are referred with their title, such as in thumbnails and asset properties. 

Expand and collapse all target areas in a letter

In the Create Correspondence user interface, you can expand or collapse all the content modules.

Search content modules in the Content tab

In the Create Correspondence user interface, you can use search through titles or names of content modules of a letter. 

Improved performance

Performance of Correspondence Management is improved. 



Enhanced document security

In addition to several bug fixes, AEM 6.1 forms FP1 introduces the following enhancements in Document Security to help you protect, control, and track confidential documents.

  • iFilter support for SharePoint 2013: iFilter now includes support for SharePoint 2013. 
  • Support for 64-bit version of Microsoft Office: AEM Document Security Extension supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Office 2013. Microsoft Office 2013 desktop applications installed as part of Office 365 are also supported.
  • Ribbon-less user interface: AEM Document Security Extension for Microsoft Office has added support for ribbon-less user interface.
  • Cover page for protected Microsoft Office documents: AEM Document Security Extension for Microsoft Office has added support to show a cover page for protected Microsoft Office documents.  


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