Fun with Acrobat Forms

I have created a great workflow for developing Acrobat forms, using FrameMaker, FrameScript, and TimeSavers from MicroType ( Using this workflow makes it practical to use FrameMaker to develop PDF forms. FrameMaker’s graphic and table features can be used to layout great looking forms, while TimeSavers eliminates nearly all of the required Acrobat post-processing. A set of FrameScript scripts streamlines the insertion of the TimeSavers markers in the FrameMaker documents.

If you have a need for Acrobat forms, or are interested in the process, please let me know. I will be glad to provide a demonstration of the process. Also, I am soliciting a few more forms to do for free that I can use for demonstration purposes. If you have a forms that you would like converted to Acrobat forms, please let me know. In the meantime, take a look at some of the forms I have developed using FrameMaker, FrameScript, and TimeSavers:


2 thoughts on “Fun with Acrobat Forms”

  1. I am looking for a way to create a hyperlink in a Framemaker document, pdf the document, click on the link in the new pdf, and open a stand alone pdf form, without closing the existing pdf.

    I am not a script savy person but I would like to find someone who could teach me (not looking for freebie) how to make Frame (pdf) do fun stuff. Also looking for someone to teach me basics of Adobe LiveCycle.

    Any help, contacts, information towards this goal would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
    Gary Bankston

  2. The definitive source to all things FrameMaker to Acrobat is Shlomo Perets at MicroType ( His TimeSavers addon for Distiller has a ton of ways to enhance and automate Acrobat features from your FrameMaker documents. I have used it for years and highly recommend it.

    As far as what you want to do, there is TimeSavers shortcut that makes a link that opens a PDF in a new window. I don’t think you can do this with stock FrameMaker.

    Microtype used to offer a FrameMaker-to-Acrobat course, which was excellent. I don’t know if they still offer it, but it was very thorough and useful. I don’t know much about LiveCycle, although I can help you with Acrobat JavaScript if you need it.

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