Archive for April, 2009

Output IVS – A Useful Output ES Development Tool

LiveCycle ES provides a sample application called Output Installation Verification Sample (IVS). The sample is a web application that interacts with the Output ES service to generate PDF or printed output. After you deploy the application, you can browse to the web page it provides and render form designs for testing purposes. So, the Output IVS application enables you to debug the Output ES part of your solution in isolation from the rest of your LiveCycle ES application.

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Generating a PDF from any application that supports printing

Adobe LiveCycle PDF Generator ES Update 1 (8.2) introduced a new feature called the PDF Generator ES IPP Client, which allows you to generate a PDF from any application that supports printing. The feature is essentially a print driver that prints to PDF Generator ES. After the print driver is installed on a user’s computer, “Adobe LiveCycle PDF Generator ES” appears in the user’s list of available printers. Printing to that printer from any application sends the document (in PostScript format) PDF Generator ES. LiveCycle PDF Generator ES then converts the PostScript file to PDF and sends the PDF file to the user as an attachment to an email message.

Note: The PDF Generator ES IPP Client is only supported on 32-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista.

Here are the steps required to get this feature working:
1. Install and configure LiveCycle PDG Generator ES.
2. Log into LiveCycle Administration Console, click Services > Applications and Services > Service Management, and find provider.email_sendmail_service. Click the service name and ensure that the Configuration tab is filled correctly. This is where you specify the information that LiveCycle uses to send the email messages.
3. Ensure that your users are configured with a valid email address in the LiveCycle database and assign the PDFGUserPermission to each user. (See Managing Users and Groups and Managing Roles in the LiveCycle User Management Help.)
4. Install and configure the print driver on your users’ computers. For instructions on installing the print driver, see “Installing the IPP client” in your LiveCycle Installing and Deploying guide (such as Installing and Deploying LiveCycle ES for JBoss).

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Saving Exception Messages Using the Execute Script Service

If you are handy with the Java language, you probably already know how to use the Execute Script service to interact with the process data model. The LiveCycle Workbench ES Help describes all the methods that are inherently available to the Execute Script service for getting and setting process variable values. (See patExecContext reference). However, you can also code against any of the Java libraries that are available to the Java virtual machine that runs the LiveCycle ES server.

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Mockumentation: Using Form Guides in LiveCycle ES

As part of our ongoing initiative to be a friend to the environment, we wanted to reduce the number of old socks polluting our landfill sites. So, to give these old socks a new life, and to explore different ways of delivering meaningful information to you, we are now using sock puppet videos to provide LiveCycle ES overviews.

See our latest video describing how PDF forms and form guides can be used to capture information for an insurance claim process.

Disclaimer:The information provided herein and in the attached video are solely due the influence of April Fool’s day. Any resemblance to real or actual puppets (living or dead) are pure coincidence.

Credits

  • LiveCycle ES Server: Tony Greentube
  • Form Guide/PDF form: Lenny Leotard
  • User: Wally Wool
  • Workspace ES: Macky Mache
  • Insurance Agent: Molly Mocksock
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