Archive for June, 2010

Creating HTML forms using LiveCycle Designer and CSS

Using PDF technology to render forms is beneficial in many use cases. However, the features offered by this technology are sometimes not required. For instance, consider the following scenario: a team member enters information in an Air or Flash application, which uses a LiveCycle ES2 process to create and email a form to the rest of the team. Because the form will undergo very few modifications, and its primary use is to display information, HTML is a viable alternative to PDF.

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Some new LiveCycle TechNotes

Here are a few new LiveCycle TechNotes that were published recently:

  • This TechNote describes how you can synchronize Tivoli dynamic LDAP groups with User Management in LiveCycle ES or LiveCycle ES2.
  • This TechNote may help if you’re encountering Process Management ES2 throughput issues for Oracle.
  • When an XDP form with relative references to images is rendered as an interactive PDF form through LiveCycle, and passed to the Output service for flattening or to the Assembler service for conversion to a PDF/A document, you may not have all of the images in the generated output. This TechNote lists a couple of workarounds for the issue.
To search for more LiveCycle TechNotes or TechNotes for other Adobe products, use the Only Adobe content option on the Search Community Help page.
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Adobe Enterprise Café available!

Adobe Enterprise Café is an AIR application that helps you stay in touch with the enterprise community and lets you:

  • Receive news.
  • Search and find information.
  • Aggregate content related to Adobe enterprise contents, such as LiveCycle ES (Enterprise Suite), Acrobat, Connect, ColdFusion, and the Adobe Flash Platform.
  • much more!

Adobe Enterprise Café is targeted at Adobe enterprise partners and the general developer ecosystem. Adobe Enterprise Café is a useful tool that you can use to search and interact with the entire enterprise community.

You can download Adobe Enterprise Café from here. Enjoy!

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New “show” on Adobe TV

A new show providing more in-depth knowledge about working with LiveCycle ES2 has been added to Adobe TV. Check it out! Or, tune in to the existing “classic”, Getting to Know LiveCycle ES2.

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How to sum the values in numeric field objects

LiveCycle Designer customers often want to add simple calculations to a form, like calculating the sum of the values in two or more numeric field objects.

The following example shows how to write a script that calculates the sum of numeric field objects using FormCalc.

To perform calculations, FormCalc needs to know what objects in the form to include in the calculation. As a result, you need to name the Numeric Field objects that you want to sum on the Binding tab. Once you’ve named the numeric field objects, you can write a simple script using the field names, so that FormCalc knows exactly which fields to sum.

For example, if you have a numeric field object called grandTotal in which you want to display the sum of four other numeric field objects called total, stateTax, federalTax and shippingCharges, the FormCalc script you apply to the grandTotal numeric field object would look like this:

sum (total, stateTax, federalTax, shippingCharge)

Here is a summary of the steps involved:

  1. Add the numeric field objects to the form.
  2. Name each numeric field object in the Name box on the Binding tab.
  3. Select the numeric field object that you want to calculate the sum. For example, “grandTotal”
  4. In the Show list in the Script editor, select Calculate.
  5. In the Language list,select FormCalc .
  6. Add the “sum” script shown above to the Script Editor.
  7. Preview and test the form.

To learn more about writing simple scripts to make calculations, have a look at the tutorial called Creating a Purchase Order Form located here.

LiveCycle Designer also includes a sample form snippet called Calculate the Field Sum (CalculateSum.xdp), which demonstrates how to calculate sums of fields that are at different levels in the form hierarchy. Form Snippets are installed in the EN\Samples\Form Snippets folder under the Adobe LiveCycle Designer installation folder. The topic Calculating the field sums in the Designer Help (Creating Calculations and Scripts > Examples of Common Scripting Tasks) also demonstrates how to calculate the sums of fields located at different levels of the form hierarchy.

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LiveCycle ES2 Service Pack 1 available!

We recently released LiveCycle ES2 Service Pack 1 (SP1), a significant update to the LiveCycle server components, LiveCycle Workbench ES2, and LiveCycle Designer ES2. You can access the download page here. To download the service pack, you’ll need to log in using your Adobe ID and agree with the EULA.

The updated LiveCycle ES2 SP1 documentation is now live at the LiveCycle Developer Center. The SP1 ReadMe (PDF) describes how you can install the service pack for LiveCycle ES2 server, Workbench ES2, and Designer ES2. The ReadMe also lists the 80+ customer-reported issues that were addressed in this service pack.

To review the SP1 release notes for LiveCycle components, see this page. A related announcement on the LiveCycle Product Blog is here.

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