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Using the New Adobe Forms Central to Distribute PDF Forms

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Looking to create a form for a website, but don't know where to start? Adobe FormsCentral is a service that allows you to create, distribute, and analyze online forms. Adobe Certified Instructor Brian Wood shows you how you can create a good-looking form from either a template or from scratch, put it on a web page via a link or embed it directly, send it out via Twitter or other methods, collect responses, and save those responses as a PDF, Excel, or CSV (comma-separated text file).

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Distributing Your Form

Distributing Your Form

When you are ready, you can easily distribute your form using a variety of methods, including:

  • Send someone a link via email
  • Copy the link and put it in your web page or other
  • Embed the form directly into a web page
  • Send it via Twitter

Pretty much all of these methods are relatively self-explanatory, but I want to show you the embed option because it requires a little more.

Another thing about forms is that you can open or close them at any time. Opening a form means users can fill it out; closing a form will show a message telling users that the form is currently closed.

First, you will change the default messages that appear, then you need to open the form because it’s closed by default.

  1. With your form open, click the Distribute tab towards the top of the page.
  2. On the right, you will see the Closed Message and Confirmation Message. Change either of them to suit your needs. Just know that HTML is not allowed.
  3. Click Open to make the form available (see Figure 23).
  4. Figure 23 Open your form

  5. Click the Embed button to embed the form code into a web page. A dialog box will appear showing the code. If you want to include the background colors or the header, select those options; otherwise, they will be left out of the form.
  6. Click Copy and then click Close (see Figure 24).
  7. Figure 24 Copy the code to embed it in a web page

  8. Go to a web page, blog post, or page (WordPress, for instance), and find a place to put the code and paste it in place (see Figure 25).
  9. Figure 25 Paste the code into a web page

  10. Finally, test to see the form (see Figure 26).
  11. Figure 26 Test your form

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