EscapeE 'eE' iconEscapeE can be used to create unfilled PDF forms (AcroForms) from any file it can read in (see File formats list). You can set up data fields in your document which will be rendered as various special "interactive" elements in your final output when viewed in Acrobat Reader:

1.Right-click on a field on the page and select Edit Field...
or
Select Edit... from the 'Fields' menu
or
Press Ctrl D keys.
2.Select the PDF tab; you may need to scroll the tabs to the rightScoll tabs > arrow button glyph to bring this tab into view. The currently selected field will be highlighted in the Fields list/tree.
3.Choose which type of element the field should be:

Type

Options

Purpose

Submit button

Envelope button glyph

Draw button
Draw border

Makes the field area into a region which, when clicked, sends the completed form to the specified URL.

1.Select a 'Type of Submit response' format. Choose from:
oHTML response.
oAdobe FDF response.
oXML response.
2.Enter a URL.

Reset button

Filled/unfilled form button glyph

Draw button
Draw border

Makes the field area into a region which, when clicked, clears any data that has been entered into the form.

Hyperlink

Draw border

Makes the field area into a region which, when clicked, opens another file – the 'target' file.

Enter the URL of the target file.

If the target is a file name with any of these extensions:
EPS, IDF, LSH, PCL, PDF, PLT, PRN, PS or XML
then EscapeE itself opens the file.
If the target URL starts with:
escapee://
then EscapeE will be used regardless of the file extension; otherwise the associated program will be used to open the file. E.g. for
xxx.htm
your default browser would be used.

Radio button

Unselected radio button glyph Selected radio button glyph

Checked
Draw border

A round button for selecting one option from several.

Specify where the image of the radio button is to be placed:

Left of the field area or
Right of the field area, or
Center on the field area, starting at the top-left.

Check box

Unchecked box glyph Selected checkbox glyph

Checked
Draw border

A box for switching an option on and off, independent of other options.

Specify where the image of the check box is to be placed:

Left of the field area or
Right of the field area, or
Center on the field area, starting at the top-left.

Editable text field

Edit box glyph

Draw border

For typing text onto the form.

List box

List box glyph

Drop down
Editable
Draw border

For selecting one item from a panel of many items.

1.In the 'Choices' section, click Edit... to display an editable window.
2.Type in the list then click OK.
3.Select the item to be highlighted in the 'Choices' drop-down list when the form is opened.
4.Tick Include field in PDF Table of Contents if required. See PDF Table of Contents.
5.Click OK.

Repeat for all fields to be rendered as special elements; note that untreated fields will be displayed as Normal on the 'PDF' page of the dialog.

Click to expand/collapse hidden textOptions

Checked

'Tick' to show this field 'selected' when the form is opened or reset.

Draw border

Draws a border around the area of the form swept out to define the field.
A border may be added to any special field, but is particularly useful to surround Combo boxes.

Draw button

Places an image of a button on the form.
The top-left corner of the button coincides with the top-left corner of the field.

Drop down

Drop-down list glyph

Tick to convert a List box into a Drop-down box.

Editable

Editable drop-down list box glyph

Tick to convert Drop-down List box into a Combo box, enabling Users to enter text as well as select from the list.

Blue diamond bullet Tips:

Open blue diamond bullet When an exported form containing a hyperlink is opened, you may right-click and select the open the file in a new window option from a pop-up menu (or press F9 key). For PDFs this will call Acrobat.

Open blue diamond bullet When a radio button on the form is clicked it becomes Selected radio button glyphselected and all other radio buttons on the form become Unselected radio button glyphdeselected.