Form submissions can be converted to PDF, TIFF, PNG, and JPEG documents. However ' submission repository only saves PDFs. While all formats are supported when submissions are sent as an attachment to a submission email, or as an attachment to a POST to a back-end system such as a document management system.
The Form and Doc Action Wizards for email and post submission control whether or not the form is converted to a PDF document or other image types such as TIFF, PNG, JPEG, and attached to the submission. You can control which form fields are added to the document via the printable property on each field in your form.
|Background colors for controls, specified using color names, may not show in the pdf file generated for form printing. If this occurs, try the Hex Value for the color in the Background color field on the Style Properties tab. For example, a background color for a control, specified as pink, will not show up in the form pdf file. Changing the value to #f778a1 will allow it to display the color. Some other colors that may require the Hex value are: brown, cyan, violet, etc. Italics and bold styling of control labels may not show up correctly in the generated pdf.|
Page breaks can be added to the print view by adding the special f-page-break to any control's CSS Class property. Any control with f-page-break will start at the top of new page. In the example below, the Room Information tab prints on a new page.
Do not use the f-page-break css class in table cells.
in-house supports international characters. This applies to any designer entered text that is part of the form design such as form control labels as well all the data entered into the form by the user. This is incorporated in the following areas:
Contact customer support if you are a Live Forms Online customer. The instructions below only apply to in-house.
It is important to ensure the correct font-family is in place so Internationalization (i18n) fonts will be used when PDFs are generated. Due to the cost associated with font set distribution, a small default set of fonts are provided. The list of default fonts is shown in the image:
These fonts are NOT intended as internationalization fonts, although they do cover some international characters. The DejaVu font family contains Sans fonts which are a very close match for Arial and it contains the Serif fonts which are a near match for Times Roman. The Sans Mono font is a monospace (fixed width) font.
customers who need international fonts must purchase and install their own font file. A Unicode font with broad language support is recommended.
The font set that you are going to use must be available to at PDF rendering time. This is accomplished by placing the fonts in the /WEB-INF/fonts folder after expanding the frevvo.war.
Follow these steps:
The designer Print Font property on the Form Style tab enables you to select your pdf print font. The selections that appear in the Print Font dropdown menu come from the fonts loaded in the WEB-INF/fonts folder. If no print font is selected, then the default rendering will be used.
If you install in-house and expand the frevvo.war as described above, you will see the default fonts WEB-INF/fonts directory. Notice that the dropdown however only shows eight font choices. This is because the dropdown lists the font families and not the individual font names. For Example, the DejaVu Sans font family includes DejaVuSans-Bold and DejaVu-BoldOblique fonts.
Now that you've added your font to the WEB-INF/fonts directory and selected it in the Print Font dropdown your PDFs will render using that font. Let's take a look at an example. Imagine you have a form with First and Last name fields where you have entered Chinese Characters for the labels: You want to print the Chinese characters in PDFs associated with this form.
You select one of the default fonts, (Tahoma), from the Print Font dropdown then you click the print icon. Notice the PDF does not show the Chinese characters:
You determine that characters in the label are not supported by any of the the default fonts provided by . As the designer, you locate a font family named unifont.tff that you believe will show the Chinese characters. You follow the steps above to install your unifont.tff file to the WEB-INF/fonts directory. You rezip the war file and restart . Select unifont from the Print Font dropdown and click your form's print icon to see the Chinese characters printed correctly.
All PDFs saved to the submissions repository and all generated mapped PDFs will show international characters also.
Let's say you chose an Arial font for your form. You must create a style that has Arial selected for the font.
Apply the style to your form by selecting it from the Style dropdown on the Style tab on the Form Property panel.
The default PDF print font is not a match for an html Arial font. Select DejaVuSans from the Print Font property and the PDFs will now have a very close approximation to the Arial font. If you want the PDFs to be printed using a true Arial font, then you must purchase the correct font, install it, and select it from the Print Font property. Once you have the Arial font set you want to use, follow the steps for Installing the Character Set to add it to . Finally select your new font. The example shown below is for a font file called arialuni.ttf. Your font family name may be different.
Here is an example of a Client Information Form and PDF using an installed Arial Font:
All forms automatically have a print icon at the top of the form. You can hide the print button by deselecting the forms' printable property in the form designer. If you need to add a print button anywhere other than at the top of the form, you can do so by following these steps:
<center> <a href="?print=true&format=pdf"><span id="f-form-tb-print-span">Print PDF</span></a> </center>
The same technique above can also be used for forms in workflows. In the case of a workflow the "Print PDF" will print the currently visible workflow step and not the combination of all the steps in the workflow.