ok so I guess this I have to explain so that It can help someone in the future.
this I discover by just trying everything I could with the options of AEM forms. I needed to customize my DOR and here is how I was able to do it.
I created an Adaptive form with a basic template that comes with AEM forms. I used the one with "basic" template
gave it a name
chose my data source and then check the generate document of record.
this is how it will look
then I modified it. and it looked like this...
here is the trick I created in AEM designer a new template based on a document of record template
and I wanted to use that on the new adaptive form... well I clicked on custom and placed that newly created template but as you can read above on the beginning of the thread it would not show anything..... etc etc....
my new template...
this was when the thread started because I wasn't able to use my own custom template.... so this is what I did...
I figured the current template could be modified and then put back with the modifications.... my current template was the one I created but for some reason it would not show the values... but the template that came with the basic adaptive form would show the values... by downloading the template (the one I created) then opening this on AEM designer and modifying it as below
uploading the template into my Author environment
and setting that newly updated template on the custom DOR
this worked my pdf that is sent to my email now has the new modified template.
so basically Workflowuser was onto something
but I did not use the default template but the custom one... I will give him the answer because it did help ….or should I give it to me???
workflowuser Mayank Gandhi can you tell me where these templates are in CRXDE? Is it possible to make a copy of them let say the basic and then change the way it looks in designer and upload it here again? that may work as a CUSTOM DOR....