All posts by Taylor Ling

UI/UX Enthusiast. Professional Android Designer. Author of Gadget Lovers. Punctilious about usability and UX.

[How To] Save Fillable PDF Form

While it seems to be a pretty simple question, but if you are using Adobe Reader AND you are filling a fillable PDF form (with the above warning), most probably that you are scratching your head and ask yourself ‘How do I save this darn thing?‘. Of course, if the fillable PDF is created in an appropriate way, Adobe Reader user will be able to save a copy of the filled form.

What if that is not the case? You have the option to go back to the author and ask for a proper version, but sometimes it just doesn’t work that way. Solution? You will still be able to save the form, only in other PDF readers. Here’s some PDF reader alternatives that can be used to save any fillable form:

  • Nitro Reader – A pretty new PDF reader and it is impressive since first release. You can save fillable form as normal form or flattened version.
  • PDF-XChange Viewer – A long time third party PDF reader with a lot of features – saving a fillable form is one of them.

What are the alternative if a new PDF reader is not a preferred solution? You can try any PDF printer. Fill the form, print the form using PDF printer, and you will have a PDF filled with your information. My recommendation for PDF printers:

  • PrimoPDF – Highly recommended. Easy to install and easy to use.
  • CutePDF – Simple and easy application.

So that’s it! Happy form filling!

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[UX Thought] iOS Shake to Undo is cool, yet it’s a bad design

Do you have an Apple iPhone? If you do, allow me to ask another question: Do you know there is a feature called ‘Shake to Undo’ on the iPhone which allows you to undo/redo your last actions during typing?

If you are aware of this feature, do you still recall how do you know about it? If you doesn’t know about it, you are not alone, and it’s not your fault. Continue reading [UX Thought] iOS Shake to Undo is cool, yet it’s a bad design

[UI Concept] Twitter for Android with Ice Cream Sandwich Theme

Twitter for Android with ICS Theme

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I loved the Holo theme in Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s the reason I made the Android ICS GUI Design Kit in PSD for Android Designer to design high quality app with stock UI elements in mind. But I am also curious how well can the UI elements in Holo theme for ICS can be applied to the currently available apps, so I decided to start with the official Twitter Android app, which is an easy one I think. Continue reading [UI Concept] Twitter for Android with Ice Cream Sandwich Theme

[Android] Printable A4 GUI Sketching Kit – Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus


Update 30-06-2012: Version 2.0 includes the new Nexus 7 in Portrait and Landscape!

Besides the Android ICS GUI Design Kit that can be used in Adobe Photoshop, I also think (and love!) that sketching is a big part of UI/UX designing, while it can be messy, but it definitely help in quick idea visualization and aid in brainstorming.

So here I come up with two sketch templates for Android App, using the Samsung Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus as the sample devices, and put them on an A4-sized PDF with almost real-life size so designers can sketch the app with the size as close as the real device (don’t blame me if there is one or two pixels off! /jk/).

Android app designer, go create some awesome apps with the GUI Design Kit and GUI Sketching Kit!


Android GUI Sketching Kit – Nexus S

Android GUI Sketching Kit – Galaxy Nexus

Android GUI Sketching Kit – Nexus 7 Tablet – Portrait

Android GUI Sketching Kit – Nexus 7 Tablet – Landscape

Android GUI Sketching Kit – Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 Tablet