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Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA)

Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA)

The Adobe XML architecture combines the powerful data and business logic capabilities of XML with the rich presentation capabilities of Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF). The Adobe XML architecture offers support for arbitrary XML, allowing you to leverage existing and industry-standard schemas. Depending on the process requirements, forms can be deployed as PDF or an XML Data Package (XDP) and processed as XML. An XDP packages a PDF file, along with XML form and template data. With the Adobe XML architecture, you can extend your investment in XML technologies, applications, and development expertise by enabling anyone with Adobe® Reader® or Adobe Acrobat® software to participate in XML workflows any time, anywhere, on any device.

Adobe XML forms specifications

Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA) Specification, version 3.3


XFA 3.3 is supported by Acrobat X Pro, Adobe Reader X, and LiveCycle ES3.

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Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA) Specification, version 3.1


XFA 3.1 is supported by LiveCycle ES2 and LiveCycle Designer ES2. Note: There is no release of Acrobat for XFA 3.1. The next release of Acrobat will support the new features in XFA 3.1.

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Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA) Specification, version 3.0


XFA 3.0 is supported by Acrobat Pro 9.1 and Adobe Reader 9.1. Note: There is no release of LiveCycle Form Server or LiveCycle Designer for XFA 3.0. There will be releases for XFA 3.1 and they will also handle 3.0.

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Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA) Specification, version 2.8


XFA 2.8 is supported by Acrobat Pro 9.0, Adobe Reader 9.0, LiveCycle Designer ES version 8.2, and LiveCycle ES version 8.2.

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Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA) Specification, version 2.7


XFA 2.7 is supported by Designer ES 8.1.2. There are no client-side differences from XFA 2.6, hence there is no corresponding release of Acrobat.

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Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA) Specification, version 2.6


XFA 2.6 is supported by Acrobat 8.1 and 8.1.1 and LiveCycle Designer ES 8.1.

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Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA) Specification, version 2.5


XFA 2.5 is supported by Acrobat 8 and Designer 8.

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Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA) Specification, version 2.4


XFA 2.4 is supported by Acrobat 7.0 and Designer 7.1.

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Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA) Specification, version 2.2


XFA 2.2 is supported by Acrobat 7 and Designer 7.

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DISCLAIMER: The specifications below on this page are Draft Specifications ("Draft Specifications") and are subject to change without notice from Adobe. These Draft Specifications do not represent the final version that Adobe may choose to publish, at its sole discretion, and may contain errors, omissions, inconsistencies, and/or incorrect information, and is made publicly available on an "AS IS" basis only. Adobe disclaims any and all warranty or liability obligations of any kind with respect to the Draft Specifications. Use and/or reliance upon the Draft Specifications is done entirely at the user's own risk. ADOBE MAKES NO EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND WITH RESPECT TO THE DRAFT SPECIFICATIONS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY WARRANTY WITH REGARD TO PERFORMANCE, MERCHANTABILITY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, NONINFRINGEMENT, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT WILL ADOBE BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTY FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY LOST PROFITS, LOST SAVINGS, OR OTHER INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES EVEN IF ADOBE OR ANY COMPANY REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA) Specifications, version 2.0

XFA 2.0 is supported by Acrobat 6 and Designer 6.

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XML Form Data Format (XFDF)

The XFDF (XML-based FDF) format is a transliteration of FDF to XML. The documentation related to Acrobat software's XFDF format is not formally part of the Adobe XML forms specification family, as XFDF predates XML forms and has no formal relationship to it other than the fact that both are concerned with forms.
  • XFDF specification — Describes the XFDF files that can be consumed and produced by versions of Acrobat 6.0 and greater.

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