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Lesson 16. Creating Forms with Adobe Liv... > Working with objects and palettes

Working with objects and palettes

Like Adobe Acrobat, Adobe LiveCycle Designer includes a variety of palettes that make it easy to manipulate and create form objects. While some of these palettes are similar to those found in Acrobat, many will be new to you. Here you'll become familiar with some of the essentials of the LiveCycle Designer workspace.

Choose Window > Manage Palettes > Reset Palette Locations to reset the palettes to their default location. Position your cursor over the image at the top left corner of the untitled packing list form you created earlier in this lesson. Click once to select the image.

Examine the Object palette, which indicates that the object selected is an Image, and displays the location of the image file that is being used in the URL field of the Object palette.

Choose Window > Layout. The Layout palette appears and displays the location of the image on the page as X and Y coordinates along with the width and height of the image. These values can be adjusted numerically in this palette, or you can use your cursor to adjust the size and position of the object.

Position your cursor over the text which reads Packing List and click once. As with the image, the Layout palette displays information about the size and location of the text. Click on the Object tab and the object is identified as Text.

Choose Window > Font and the Font palette is displayed. The typeface and size of the text in the selected text frame are shown, along with any attributes applied to the type, such as text color or underlining.


To edit text attributes, you must first select either the text to be modified or the box containing the text.

Click the Paragraph tab located adjacent to the Font tab. Additional information regarding the text attributes is displayed, including vertical and horizontal alignment and indent spacing.

When text is selected, information about text attributes is also displayed in the toolbars at the top of the display area. Much of the information in the toolbars is identical to the options in the Font and Paragraph palettes, and either location can be used to edit the appearance of the text.

Move your cursor over the text Company, beneath the Packing List text. Click the Company text and then click to select the Object palette. The Object palette displays three new tabs within the Object tab: Field, Value, and Binding. These three tabs allow you to define attributes that are unique to Text Fields used in the form. The Field tab of the Object palette identifies this as a Text Field.

The Object palette, like many of the other palettes, is contextual. Its display may change based upon what type of object is selected or what operation you are performing.

If necessary, scroll to the bottom of the form. Click to select the Cash radio button, located within the Terms section in the lower left portion of the form. Note that the Object palette changes to reflect the attributes of the selected radio button.

Choose Window > Hierarchy. The Hierarchy palette is displayed. In the Hierarchy palette, click the plus sign (+) next to Header. The items displayed under the Header section are grouped elements, making them easier to manipulate as a single item when being moved or edited.

Choose Window > Manage Palettes > Reset Palette Locations to reset the palettes to their default layout. Keep the form open.



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