About the Forms service
The Forms service lets you create interactive data capture client applications that validate, process, transform, and deliver forms typically created in Designer. Form authors can develop a single form design that the Forms service renders in PDF, SWF, or HTML in various browser environments.
When an end-user requests a form, a client application sends the request to the Forms service, which returns the form in an appropriate format. As soon as the Forms service receives a request, it merges data with a form design and then delivers the form in the desired format. The Form service output is an interactive form, typically a PDF document. An interactive form enables users to fill in fields located on the form.
Depending upon the type of client application, you can write the form to a client web browser or save the form as a PDF file. A web-based application can write the form to web browser. A desktop application can save the form as a PDF file. To demonstrate how to write out to a web browser and to a PDF file, the quick starts located in the Rendering Forms section are organized in the following manner:
- The Java API strongly typed (SOAP mode) examples are a Java servlet.
- The web service (Java Base64) examples are a Java servlet.
- The web service (MTOM) examples are a console application (not all quick starts have a MTOM example).Note : For information about creating a web application that uses java servlets to invoke the Forms service, see Creating Web Applications that Renders Forms .You can pass a form design (an XDP file) or a PDF document to the Forms service using one of two ways:
- You can reference the form design using a URL value. This approach involves using a URLSpec object. The content root is passed to the Forms service using the URLSpec object’s setContentRootURI method. The Form design name ( formQuery ) is passed as a separate parameter. The two values are concatenated to get the absolute reference to the form design. (Most of the quick starts located in the Rendering Forms section use this approach.)
- You can pass a com.adobe.idp.Document that contains the form design to the Forms service. Two new methods named renderPDFForm2 and renderHTMLForm2 accept a com.adobe.idp.Document object that contains a form design. (See Passing Documents to the Forms Service
You can accomplish these tasks using the Forms service:
- Render interactive PDF forms. (See Rendering Interactive PDF Forms .)
- Render forms at the client. (See Rendering Forms at the Client .)
- Render forms based on fragments. (See Rendering Forms Based on Fragments .)
- Render rights-enabled forms. (See Rendering Rights-Enabled Forms .)
- Render forms as HTML. (See Rendering Forms as HTML .)
- Rendering HTML Forms Using Custom CSS Files ( Rendering HTML Forms Using Custom CSS Files .)
- Handle submitted forms. (See Handling Submitted Forms .)
- Creating PDF Documents with Submitted XML Data. (See Creating PDF Documents with Submitted XML Data .)
- Prepopulate forms. (See Prepopulating Forms with Flowable Layouts .)
- Passing Documents. (See Passing Documents to the Forms Service
- Calculate form data. (See Calculating Form Data .)
- Optimize an application. (See Optimizing the Performance of the Forms Service .)Tip : The Adobe Developer web site contains the following article that discusses how to create a ASP.NET application that invokes the Forms service and renders forms. See Creating form rendering ASP.NET applications .