Stefan Cameron on Forms
Building intelligent forms using Adobe LiveCycle Designer

Archive for May, 2006

What's new in 7.1?

For those of you still running Designer 7.0 or earlier, check-out the new stuff available in 7.1 on the Adobe LiveCycle Designer site.

There’s a “what’s new” link under the Learn More column.

Among my favourites are:

  • New Table object — play with rows and cells to get really nice layouts.
  • Dynamic Properties — automatically populate list objects with data from data connections.
  • Paper Forms Barcodes — reduce data entry errors by encoding field values into a barcode which can be scanned from paper once the form has been filled, printed and manually signed.
  • Conditional Breaks — use changes in your data to trigger breaks in your pagination (e.g. when the category changes, start the new one on a new page).
  • Data-Nominated Subforms — use changes in your data to determine which subform should be filled next.

Posted by Stefan Cameron on May 5th, 2006
Filed under Designer

Debugging Scripts

Here’s a simple tip that could make a huge difference in your ability to debug your scripts in Designer:

If you use the JavaScript language for a script, you can use the following function to output information to the JavaScript Console available in Acrobat Standard/Pro:


When you preview your form in Designer or open it in Acrobat, you can use the “Ctrl + J” keyboard shortcut to display the JavaScript Console. Note that this feature is not available in Reader.

Anyone who has attempted to debug their script(s) in Acrobat knows that it’s a painful thing to do. Unfortunately, many only know about



which gets the job done but not without some headaches and, in certain cases, RSI in your index finger clicking through all those message boxes! The other problem is that showing a message box can cause differences in the form’s behaviour, especially if you’re trying to debug a script which is setting focus to an object on your form.

By using console.println, you can output text to the JavaScript Console so that you don’t change the behaviour of your scripts.

The ability to debug scripts is something we know needs serious attention in Designer and trust me, we’ve talked about it and we have plans to address these issues but I can’t speak about anything definite at this time.

Updated: August 5, 2008

Posted by Stefan Cameron on May 5th, 2006
Filed under Debugging,Scripting

Who Am I?

You may recognize FormBuilder as an alias for posting on the Adobe LiveCycle Designer 7.x forum . That would be me!

My name is Stefan Cameron. I’m a software developer at Adobe and I work on our LiveCycle Designer product.

This blog will be about designing forms using Designer. Unless specified, my posts will refer to the latest publicly-released versions of Designer and Acrobat. At the time of this post, that’s Designer 7.1 along with Acrobat 7.0.7.

Posted by Stefan Cameron on May 5th, 2006
Filed under General