Checklists are an extremely useful tool when consistency and completeness of a complex task are required. A checklist can serve to communicate information to users or supervisors, to record items that have been completed, to highlight missing items, and to provide proof of process.
Interactive checklists provide all of the functionality of paper-based checklists, with the added benefit of automation, validation, export to a database, and electronic access/archiving. The electronic format also helps to eliminate problems that are typical of paper-based workflows, such as incomplete data, incomprehensible handwriting, costly archiving and retrieval. Creating a PDF that uses form fields does not mean that the checklist is designed purely for on-screen use. The same document can serve both for print and online purposes.
In the interactive checklist, form fields are used to create check boxes which can be standalone or dependent on the status of other checkboxes/items in the list, validation buttons and input text fields.
Although it is possible to create forms in Acrobat Professional, adding form fields manually is labor-intensive. Using FrameMaker-to-Acrobat TimeSavers & Form Assistant, you can take advantage of all of FrameMaker capabilities to author documents that, upon conversion to PDF, will automatically contain text fields, check boxes, radio buttons and additional controls.