Adobe® LiveCycle® Forms Manager supports multiple types of forms. These forms differ primarily in terms of content type, metadata properties applicable for these forms, and the way these forms are rendered. This document describes the various form types along with applicable metadata properties.

  • XDP Form: represents XDP file. These forms can be rendered as HTML or PDF.
  • PDF Form: represents PDF form. These forms can be rendered only in PDF format. These forms can be classified as:
    • PDF Form (ModificationAllowed): represents a PDF form that is not signed, certified, Reader extended or encrypted.
    • PDF Form (ModificationNotAllowed): represents a PDF form that is either signed, certified or Reader extended. Some of the metadata properties for these forms are not editable.
  • Print Form: can be classified as:
    • Print Form (NotEncrypted): represents flat PDF documents that are not encrypted.
    • Print Form (Encrypted): represents encrypted PDF documents.

PDF forms, both ModificationAllowed and ModificationNotAllowed, can be further classified into XFA forms and Acro forms. However, from a forms management point of view, there is no difference in these two except submitURL handling. So these are kept under the same head as PDF forms.

The table below describes the metadata properties applicable for each form type. Each property is marked as RO, RW or NA against form type indicating that property is ReadOnly, ReadWrite or NotAccessible, respectively.

NotAccessible properties are shown as blank in the Forms Manager user interface. You can not edit these properties. If a property is not applicable for a form type, the column is left blank in the user interface.

Note:

Some of the properties are updated in both template (XDP/PDF) and CRX™ node, whereas other properties are updated only in CRX node. In the process of export and import, only the properties updated in template are preserved.

PropertyName Description Updated in template XDP Form PDF Form (Modification Allowed) PDF Form (Modification Not Allowed) Print Form (Not encrypted) Print Form (Encrypted)
originalContentBytes Original Content Bytes of the form. Original XDP or PDF content is set in this property. No RW RW RW RW RW
title Title of the form. The default value is retrieved from the template. Yes RW RW RO RW NA
description Description of the form. The default value is retrieved from the template. Yes RW RW RO RW NA
author Author name. The default value is retrieved from the template. Yes RW RW RO RW NA
tags The tags represents the various customized or regular categories associated with this form. No RW RW RW RW RW
status Status of the form. It can be either activated or deactivated. No RW RW RW RW RW
creationDate The date of creation of the form in CRX. This value is auto-generated by CRX when the node is created. You can not change this value. No RO RO RO RO RO
lastModifiedDate The date when the form was last modified in CRX. This value is auto-generated by CRX when the node is updated. You can not change this value. No RO RO RO RO RO
activationDate User can specify an activation date for the form. No RW RW RW RW RW
expiryDate Date when the form expires and moved to deactivated state. No RW RW RW RW RW
pdfUrl URL to retrieve the rendered PDF corresponding to a form. Its value is set to formURL+"?type=pdf". No RO RO RO RO RO
extendedProperties Key value pair of extended properties. The default value is retrieved from the template. Yes RW RW RO RW NA
formUrl URL to render HTML form. No RO NA NA NA NA
refType Type of reference. Possible values are LOCAL_RESOLVED, LOCAL_UNRESOLVED, or EXTERNAL. No RW NA NA NA NA
references List of fragments referenced from a form. No RW NA NA NA NA
images List of images used in a form. No RW NA NA NA NA
profile Render profile for HTML rendition. No RW NA NA NA NA
process Orchestration invoked after rendering the form. This is also known as PDF render profile. This is applicable for only PDF renditions.  No RW RW RW RW RW
submitURL URL to submit the form. No RW RW (applicable for only XFA forms) RO NA NA

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