Using Assembler IVS to Test DDX Expressions

The LiveCycle ES Update 1 (8.2) installation includes Assembler IVS, which is a great tool for testing DDX expressions without having to modify a Workbench ES process. The tool also includes some nice examples that illustrate different DDX concepts such as assembling a document, disassembling a document by bookmarks and pages, and converting a PDF document to PDF/A.

Assembler IVS is also a good way to validate your installation as described in the blog entry
Validating a LiveCycle Install posted on the LiveCycle Product Blog. In fact, IVS is an acronym for Installation Verification Sample.

Before you can use Assembler IVS, you must deploy it to your application server.Deploying Assembler IVSOn the JBoss application server, deploy Assembler IVS by copying the adobe-assembler-ivs.ear file from the[InstallLocation]\deploy folder to the [InstallLocation]\jboss\server\all\deploy folder.If you are using another type of application server, you must also restart your application server.Using Assembler IVS

After you deploy Assembler IVS to your application servicer, bring up its user interface in a browser by navigating to this URLhttp://[server_name:port_name]/Assembler

Here is a screenshot of the Assembler IVS user interface.Screen shot of the Assembler IVS user interface

Here are the general steps for testing a DDX expression:

  1. Specify the DDX by copying your DDX expression into the large window. Or you can use one of the DDX expressions available by clicking DDX or Demos at the top of the window.
  2. Specify the input files by clicking the “+” button near the Collateral panel. The interface presents a field that lets you browse for the file. Click this button for each file being used as collateral.
  3. Specify the input map by clicking the “+” button near the Input Map panel. If needed, modify the names of the map entries to match source names in your DDX expression. Click this button for each entry in the document map.
  4. Associate the input files with map entries by dragging files down onto one of the input map entries. You can use the same file multiple times with different input map entries. You can also place multiple input files in the same input map entry.
  5. Invoke Assembler IVS by clicking Invoke .

If Assembler IVS succeeds in creating a result PDF document, it displays the result in a new browserwindow. If it is unsuccessful, it provides feedback on the error.

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