Ive just recently upgraded my Web Premium package to CS4 and I was really looking forward to LiveCycle 8.2.1 mainly because of the new tab order feature. Well, its not all as I had hoped and heres why:
Working with so many fields on a page, setting the tab order is very important. I have subforms that are hidden, and based on the answer in one subform makes another subform appear, needing to tab to that field and continue regular sequence. Well, in order for that field to even show up in the Tab Order hierarchy, it has to be visible? Well, some are showing and some arent, hence one of the bugs.
So Ive made all my hidden fields visible so I can set the tab order. I start moving fields around to create my custom tab order, and things seem to be working well, except when I want to move the buttons that are at the top of the list, to the bottom. My whole tab order sequence got mixed up. So instead of moving that one field to the bottom, I decided to try to move ALL my fields to the top and it worked - a work around the bug. Weird work around, but it worked.
Move on to the next page. Started setting my tab order, and the first page got out of order. HUH?! Why would changing the tab order on the 2nd page mess up the 1st page? Now Im getting frustrated. Ive been spending 2+ hours trying to set the tab order (even more researching if there were any fixes or work arounds I didnt know about) on this form which is RIDICULOUS. There should be an easier, non-buggy way to do this, right?
Also, now I CANT set a field to NOT be a part of the tab order. Why would Adobe take that away in 8.2? That was a nice feature that I used frequently and now a user HAS to tab to EVERY field within a form? Thats a bit absurd. 8.2 is no less frustrating than 8.0, and with the program crashing on me and these bugs Ive mentioned, even more frustrating and disappointing. How can I set my tab order on this form? Am I missing something? Or do I need to keep waiting for another release and hope that the bugs are fixed again? I cant believe that Adobe would brag about how cool their fillable forms are, and then have a quirky program to try to create them.