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.


The Output IVS web pages provide a UI for configuring the parameters of the Output service operations. You can select the format of the output to generate (file or printer), the form design, data files, XDC files, and any other files that are needed to execute the operation. Output IVS looks in a specific location for the form designs and test collateral that it runs on. As a convenience for testing your installation, Output IVS is configured to point to some sample form designs and data files that are installed with the application.For development purposes, you will create your own directories on the LiveCycle ES server file system to store your form designs and test collateral, and then configure the Output IVS preferences to point to them. For example, if you created a directory called OutputTest\Forms in the C: drive of the LiveCycle ES server, you would configure the Content Root URI property to be C:\OutputTest\FormDesigns. Any form designs that you place in that directory are then available to select in the Output IVS web pages.

Try it

To get started, you need to deploy the application to the application server. The application is installed with Output ES on the LiveCycle ES server:[install location]/LiveCycle8.2/deploy/adobe-output-ivs-[application server].earFor example, after installing LiveCycle ES on Windows for a JBoss application server, the file is C:\Adobe\ LiveCycle8.2\deploy\adobe-output-ivs-jboss.ear. To deploy on JBoss, simply copy the file to the [JBoss home]/server/all/deploy directory (JBoss can be running when you copy the file).Next, create a directory where Output IVS will store output files, for example C:\results.Now, open a web browser, open the application, and configure the authentication properties:

  1. Go to the address http://[server-name]:[port]/OutputIVS. For JBoss, the default port number is 8080.
  2. Click the Check/Change Your Preferences link.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and enter a user ID and password to use for executing the Output ES service.
  4. Click Save.

After you click Save, the page that you use to render a form design is automatically loaded. Try rendering a sample form using the following configuration:

Form Designs: PurchaseOrder.xdpData Files: PurchaseOrder_2_pages.xmlServer File: C:\results\output.pdf

Use default values for all other parameters. Click Use EJB to send the request. The PDF is written to the C:\results directory, and (if you have Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat installed) the PDF is opened automatically.

More information about Output IVS

After you open the application in your web browser, click the Help button. All the information that you need for configuring global run-time properties and Output job options is there.

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