||Acrobat Pro (AcroForms)
||AEM/LiveCycle Designer (XFA forms)
||Created in separate program; form fields are added in Acrobat. (Note: Adobe InDesign can create form design and add basic fields; forms are generally fine-tuned in Acrobat.)
||Forms are created from scratch in Designer, eliminating the "double-work" of AcroForms.
||AcroForms are static, however, they can support Form Templates, which allows the duplication of entire pages.
||One of the main features of Designer is the ability to create expandable forms--or forms that add in pages automatically based on user input.
||Acrobat does not create tables, but it can create multiple fields semi-automatically on a table designed elsewhere.
||Designer can create it own tables.
|Extended Reader Rights
||Done with Save As Other. Note: using this feature adds some legal restrictions on the number of users.
||Requires Acrobat Pro or AEM Design Enterprise.
|Save Form Data with Adobe Reader
(Does not affect Acrobat Pro users)
|Acrobat XI, DC, and higher can save AcroForm data without saving with extended rights. Older versions of Reader need to have extended rights enabled.
||Form data can only be saved with extended Reader rights (unless using separately-purchased AEM Enterprise options).
|Adobe Reader for Mobile Devices
||Cannot work on mobile devices. Designer forms can work as HTML with AEM Enterprise services.
|Browser Support (Computers)
||AcroForms will display if Acrobat plugin/extension is installed.
||Cannot work in browser view; must be downloaded and opened.
|Form Distribution and Data Collection
||Requires Acrobat Pro or AEM Enterprise.