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Validating Guide object data using references to ActionScript validators

I learned a little trick from the LiveCycle software verification team regarding a neat way to validate the data users enter into objects on a Guide. If you are interested, you can check out the information in Adobe Cookbooks.

See the Guides section of the cookbook.

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LiveCycle Mosaic ES2 Ships!

Alright, so we were so busy putting the finishing touches on the product that we forgot to post an announcement to this blog that LiveCycle Mosaic ES2 was available. Well it is, and just in time for the start of a new year, and a new decade.

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Adobe Announces LiveCycle Mosaic ES2

You may have missed it during the MAX 2009 conference, among all of the announcements, but Adobe has publicly announced a new product that allows users to create composite Rich Internet Applications (RIAs).

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@livecycle How do I add you to my social networks?

Want to stay in touch with what’s new with LiveCyle ES? You could wait for our regular press releases … or you could become one of the LiveCycle nation and get plugged in using one of our social networking outlets. Here’s the rundown:

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Adobe Flash Builder 4 Beta: Get it while it’s hot!

Earlier this week, Adobe launched the Adobe Flash Builder 4 beta program. Flash Builder 4, which is the next evolution of Adobe Flex Builder, includes a long list of feature improvements, new data-centric development features, and a new design-develop workflow with the new Adobe Flash Catalyst.

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Customizing form guides using CSS: Missing in action

Everyone is apologizing these days. Automakers in the US, financial institutions around the world, that guy who bumped into me in the lobby this morning. I figured it was my turn.

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Thinking About Form Design

This is not an official Adobe endorsement.

There, I said it. Now that we have that out of the way, I thought I’d share a reference that I’ve come to respect over the last year or so.

http://formulate.com.au

I had the good fortune to meet Ms. Enders at the Business Forms Management Association (BFMA) symposium in Las Vegas last year. I was impressed by her presentation on form design techniques, not the least of which because it seemed like a topic that a lot of form design professionals at the symposium were eager to learn more about. In particular, check out Ms. Ender’s articles section (http://formulate.com.au/articles/). There’s a lot of good information in there that I think is worthwhile reading, for experienced form design professionals and newcomers alike.

Design, and design thinking, is really becoming integrated into all facets of business these days, and it only makes sense that it plays a large role in terms of how organizations implement form solutions. How best to capture user data, I learned at the symposium, is not something that is always well understood. Contemporary research into user behaviors and more effective design is often overlooked by form solutions, which really means that the poor individual who must fill out the form — sometimes called a “customer” — is left to suffer. Then, of course, it’s the organization that suffers through additional costs and inefficiencies associated with data entry errors.

Ms. Enders is just one of a number of people out there who are bringing some formal design principles and research to the form design space. If you have links to other sources that you have found useful, please comment directly to this blog and share. We’re always curious to know who our readers are reading, and I’m sure other readers would be interested to know as well.

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Customer Question: Help

“I want the documentation to tell me what to do when I don’t know what I want to do.”
LiveCycle Customer Quote

As technical writers, we deal in information. In essence, we create and publish meaningful information about how to use software products and features for you, our customers. Or at least we like to think we create meaningful information. Every now and then we get the feedback from customers that the documentation we produce is not adequate. Often, we don’t get anything more specific than that, but sometimes, if we are lucky, we’ll get a specific complaint like: add more examples.

We think that part of the problem is that we don’t get very much direct customer feedback. We know you’re out there — somebody is buying our products after all — but how can we help you do what you do better, faster, etc?

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Letter to Santa Claus

Dear Santa Claus,

How are you? The missus? And the reindeer? Great, great.

Listen, unlike previous years when I provided you a detailed, alphabetical breakdown of the goodies I’d like to receive, this year I’ve decided to take a different approach. This year I’d like to get you something: Adobe LiveCycle ES. And when I say “get you something”, I mean you should get it for yourself.

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Understanding relationships between objects in the Object Library

When you create calculations and scripts in LiveCycle Designer ES, you should be aware that the objects on which you are adding scripts are actually defined as XML objects in the underlying XML Forms Architecture. That means while the Standard tab of the Object Library palette contains a wide variety of objects, many of those objects are defined by the same XML object. As a result, the various scripting properties and methods that are available are based on the definition of the XML object, and not the object in the Object Library palette.

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