A Brief Tutorial on Forms
|Installation • Usage • PDF issues • Imposition • Other|
This wiki entry has been graciously submitted with the permission of Gerrit Bruijnes. It's currently a work in progress, trying to maintain the essential content and flavor of the original version.
Excerpt from ‘Waar zit de Kneep?’, isbn 97890 72445 00 1
A book on Scribus 1.4.1 and publishing, in Netherlands language, by Gerrit Bruijnes, www.ipaa.nl
Assumptions: You’re proficient in the operating system that you use. You use Scribus 1.4.1 (language: English – British) and you are familiar with this program at a reasonable advanced level. We do not explain here at length how to perform common tasks such as defining a new document, typing text in a text frame and applying properties, drawing lines, using the properties box and so on. If, on the other hand, you’re an experienced programmer you may find this article rather verbose.
PDF-forms - contents!
- Add pdf-controls
- Button with button face
- Setup Fields
- Add program snippets
- Programming terms
- Calculations in a form
- Test the form
- Form results
PDF-forms PDF Forms are designed so that a user, viewing them online or locally on a computer, can add data to a form, after which the user may print it or return it to you by e-mail. What does pdf-form consist of? Since it is at bottom a PDF, you can add anything you like to it: text, images, shapes, in short anything that Scribus has to offer. If you are going to make a PDF Form, you must also learn how to use the special PDF Tools. You will find them in the PDF-toolbar. From left to right we see:
PDF-Button – A button is used to trigger some action. In the example that we’ll make shortly, we find two buttons: one to print the form and one to send it as an e-mail. A button can be enhanced with a button face which we call ‘icon’. An individual button may use up to three different icons, which enable us to show a button-press-effect and even an icon that is shown when the mouse moves over the button. Text Field – A text field is comparable to a text frame, but with the possibility to use numbers, think of numbers that are represented as dates or that a have a particular number of decimals or which are shown as a percentage. Check Box – A familiar little box that shows a tick mark ( ) when we click it. In our example we’ll use this box to denote a male or a female applicant for a course. Combo box – A combo box is a drop-down list with choices presented in a folded-in form. The user opens the list to make a choice. List Box – A list box is also used to present choices, but in this case at least some elements from the list are always visible. The user can scroll the list, but does not have to open it first. Text annotation – This is a text field with notes. An annotation is in principle not visible in the pdf-form. You cannot only use it to add text to the form but also links to locations elsewhere in the document or to websites on the internet. Link annotation – Also used for links to locations in the document in which case even the exact coordinates can be used in point, according to the measurement systems used in Scribus. Also links to external websites can be used.