By Cathy Jin – Consultant
To improve form development productivity, we should always think of reusing existing content as much as we can. Adobe LiveCycle Designer provides some good features to accomplish this such as using custom objects and form fragments.
If you have some designed objects which can be reusable within multiple forms, you can first group them into a subform and then create a custom object. For example, several business forms have an employee information section including first name, last name and employee ID number.
The benefit of using the custom object is that you treat it as one object instead of multiple objects. When using it, just drag it to your form like other standard objects. You only design it once all formatting and scripts associated with the objects are retained to be reused among all forms. If you like, you can change it later to meet requirements for a specific form. Changing the custom object in one form won’t affect other forms.
The basic steps are as follows:
(1) Add an Object Library group
(2) Select all objects in the form and wrap them into a subform
(3) Drag the subform in the form to the opened new Object Library group tab
(4) Fill in the custom object name and description for the Add Library Object dialog
After creating the custom object, you can reuse it by dragging and dropping the custom object to any location you want in other forms.