PDF Share Forms Enterprise
Award winning Ultimate SharePoint Form Solution
The most complete tool set and unprecedented level of PDF integration into the SharePoint 2010, 2013, and 2016 on premises. Running as a farm solution and reusing SharePoint Service Applications, Features and Deployment packages PDF Share Forms Enterprise can find an easy fit into even most complicated business scenarios. PDF Share Forms is the product that will help you to get your forms into your SharePoint fast and easy. It will allow you to reuse SharePoint infrastructure for form management, indexing and workflows and will not require much effort to get the form integrated.
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PDF forms are equal to InfoPath functionality and even better
PDF forms are a natural fit for SharePoint when interactive forms are part of the implementation: they are based on ISO standard, you can easily reuse your existing forms, perfect for mobile and offline scenarios.
5 reasons to use PDF Share Forms
- Reuse forms There are many formats that your forms can be created in: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or PDF. Instead of redeveloping smart forms from scratch, you can just reuse existing templates and make them smart PDF forms. PDF Share Forms Designer allows you to map existing fields to SharePoint columns, so you can reap benefits of integration with SharePoint right away.
- Out of the box tools PDF Share Forms goes beyond just form layout design. It covers a complete form life cycle. Now you may design new forms, integrate existing ones, control form flow stage, define types of attachments, enable collaboration, and enable other enterprise features. With the support of Project Web Access, Business Connectivity Services, workflow solutions, and scripting tools PDF Forms just rocks!
- Offline and Mobile Not every user is online or has granted access to your SharePoint or Project Web Access site. Use mobile clients, offline, and anonymous functionality to enable collaboration beyond your corporate firewall or cellular coverage. Users can fill-in predefined templates using their Apple iOS, Android, Windows mobile devices and submit data to SharePoint once internet connectivity restores.
- Reuse forms in different projects PDF Share Forms comes standard with a set of predefined forms like Change Request, RFI, RFQ, and other useful forms. You can easily customize forms and integrate them in your SharePoint environment. If you use Project Web Access, you can enable automatic form provisioning to each new project you start. You also can granularly manage permissions who can submit forms on each project site.
- Archival and Compliance Many compliance regulations exist in the enterprise world. From section 508 to archival requirements, PDF Forms are the best tool available. You may access different form versions on each process stage or configure your forms to become locked for archival requirements, when process is over. It will prevent any further modifications and your audit requirements will be easily met.
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PDF forms vs InfoPath feature comparison table (click to expand)
|Feature||PDF Forms||SharePoint Forms vNEXT*||InfoPath|
|Supported SharePoint Versions||2010, 2013, Online including Foundation||2013+, vNEXT implemented in Online only||2010, 2013 requires Enterprise CALs|
|Is technology a standard or a proprietary?||Standard. ISO 32000**||Proprietary||Proprietary|
|Rich controls; Print quality||PDF controls; print excellent||HTML controls. Not designed for printing||HTML controls; requires separate Word template for printing|
|Handling attachments||Saved in the same folder as form (or inside PDF form)||Not supported yet||Inside the XML of the form (custom scripting to extract)|
|Non-modal interface||Yes||Modal interface only||Yes|
|Designer||Web based||Web Based||Windows application|
|Cross platform display of forms||All devices with Adobe Reader***||Common browsers||Very much IE specific|
|Offline capabilities||Yes||Not supported||Very limited. Works only on Windows based laptops with InfoPath Filler installed|
|Mobile devices||All devices with Adobe Reader||Only in HTML mode. Just webpages||Only in HTML mode. Just webpages|
|Digital signature support||Yes||Not supported||Requires ActiveX, Internet Explorer only|
|Submission by public users||Yes||Not supported yet||No|
|Integration with workflows||SharePoint, Nintex****, K2****||List item workflow only||Agnostic. support provided by 3rd party vendors|
|Reuse existing Word, Excel, Adobe forms||Yes||Not supported||Requires recreation|
|Cascading dropdowns and hide/show sections||Yes||Not implemented||Yes|
* Information for SharePoint Forms roadmap is based on Microsoft information provided at SPC14 in Las . Recording is available here.
** ISO 32000-1:2008 Document management — Portable Document Format — Part 1: PDF 1.7
**** Nintex Workflow is a trademark of Nintex, LLC
***** K2 blackpearl and K2 blackpoint are trademarks of SOURCECODE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, INC
- Implements scalable farm architecture with Service Application and Front-End separation
- The only SharePoint solution to date that reuses Adobe XFA-technology for truly dynamic PDF implementation
- Support for static PDF formats (AcroForms) for enhanced compatibility (including mobile devices like iPhone, iPad, Android etc.)
- Form submission works with both Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Acrobat Professional
- Can import any kind PDF/A or PDF/X flat file including XFA and AcroForms
- Reusing SharePoint content types for binding to the document
- Intuitive and easy to use designer and mapper providing a new powerful way to construct and manage the forms right from your browser
- Fully customizable field mapping to SharePoint or internal data fields with bi-directional synchronization from PDF to SharePoint and vice versa
- Visual construction of sophisticated rules to implement presentation or business logic
- Low level scripting can be attached to the form events to implement virtually any functionality
- Support for using the workflow solutions from Microsoft and third-parties like K2 or Nintex
- Support for Microsoft BCS for third-party system connectivity
- Support for Digital Signature infrastructure for both XFA ans AcroForms (including support of CoSign)
- Batch form deployment through WSP packages in a sandboxed SharePoint solutions (SP2010)
Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010/2013orMicrosoft SharePoint Server 2010/2013 Standard and Enterprise (recommended)
- Full administrative access to server with ability to install farm-level WSP packages (to create Service Application and enable corresponding Site and Site Collection features, SharePoint 2010 only)
- Adobe Acrobat 9+ (both Reader and Professional versions are working)
- Adobe Reader Mobile 10.2+ (on mobile devices – iOS/Android)
Supported form distribution and data acquisition models:
- Through SharePoint document libraries for authenticated users
- Out-of-the browser – through external web sites (through anonymous submit proxy)
- By E-Mail through build-in support functionality