Overview: As part of the Forms Content Management Program (FCMP), the Army Publishing Directorate (APD) has selected the PureEdge Viewer as a replacement for FormFlow Filler and as the new Army standard for electronic forms software. FCMP provides the Army with an enterprise-wide license for the PureEdge Viewer 6.5. This agreement covers all Active Army (military, civilian and contractors), Army Reserves, Army National Guard Bureau, and any Government or civilian users conducting official Army business. FormFlow Filler will continue to be available to users until such time as the inventory of Army forms has been converted to the new PureEdge format.
The entire forms library (which can currently be accessed today on the APD website, and the AKO and Army Home Pages) is being converted to PureEdge and the converted forms will be added to the library as they become available. In addition, once the DD forms are converted, the files will be provided to the DoD forms manager for posting on the DOD website. APD will continue to make non-fillable PDF files available. Once the full inventory of Pure Edge forms is available in the forms library APD will announce a transition period of 6 months for The Army to fully install and implement the PureEdge forms and technology. After the transition period, APD will remove FormFlow and FormFlow 99 formats from the forms library currently being accessed on the APD website, and the AKO and Army Home Pages. Pure Edge will be the only product for which APD will provide technical support.
The PureEdge Viewer opens files with the extension “.xfdl”.
The PureEdge Viewer 6.5 allows users to view, fill, digitally sign, save, submit, and print e-forms. The Viewer is a lightweight client that can run either as an extension to the user's web browser or as a standalone executable.
PureEdge forms are “nomadic”, allowing users to complete them offline, without a network connection or client-server activity. Users with network connectivity can email forms with a simple mouse-click, using standard mail software. Users without network connectivity can ship the completed form on electronic media (CD, floppy, etc.) or print it, add a wet signature and deliver it to the processing center as hardcopy. PureEdge forms are XML-based and completely encapsulate the presentation, logic and data into a single, signable object. This object, essentially a data file, can be distributed to users in any number of ways; however, they are typically distributed via a web site or web application.
Users can choose to run Viewer locally as a stand-alone executable, or can load it as a Netscape plug in or Internet Explorer Active Document Server within the browser. Viewer is designed to have a small client footprint, and makes use of available client technologies where possible -- this includes using the browsers for network communication, and using default MAPI clients, such as Outlook, for emailing.
Problems or Questions with Forms: Please contact the Army Publishing Directorate via their customer service link at http://www.apd.army.mil/usapa_email.htm, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Army Publishing Directorate help desk at (703) 428-0545 for any technical issues or questions that you may have in regards to the use of EForms.