Author Archive: Melanie Jackson

Moving users to a new directory server

Let’s say you have configured LiveCycle ES with an enterprise domain that retrieves user information from an LDAP directory server. If you decide to move those users to another LDAP directory server, there are steps you should follow to retain the same user IDs and prevent users from losing tasks that are currently in their To Do lists in LiveCycle Workspace ES.

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Adobe TV

Looking for a new way to learn about LiveCycle? Prefer watching TV to reading books? If so, you might like Adobe TV:, which contains videos on LiveCycle and other Adobe products. You can browse or search for topics that you’re interested in, save your favorite videos to “My Library” or share them on social networking sites, and subscribe to RSS feeds of your favorite shows.

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The Blueprint Eclipse plug-in is live on Adobe Labs (for Flex Builder 3 and Flash Builder 4)

Our friends on the Flex Doc team have an exciting announcement on their blog regarding Blueprint. Blueprint is an innovative code-centric search application for Flex Builder 3 and Flash Builder 4.

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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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The LiveCycle Terminology Secret Decoder Ring

We would love to send each of you a cool plastic ring to help decipher some of the varying terms found in the LiveCycle forums and product documentation. But, since we don’t know your ring size, we’re providing this one-size-fits-all blog posting instead.

When writing the product documentation, we try to use terms consistently (you can find some of them in the Glossary). But you may run across terms on the message boards (like Adobe LiveCycle Forums and Adobe LiveCycle Developers Google Group) that leave you scratching your head. Hopefully, this table will help you decode the terminology. And, if you run across any other puzzling terminology, please add a comment to this post and we’ll try to clear it up for you.

Non-standard term

Standard term (used in documentation)

Acrobat PDF Form

Acrobat form


Acrobat form

dynamic form/dynamic XFA form

dynamic PDF form (created in Designer)

Flash, Flash-based

based on Adobe Flash technology

flat form

non-interactive form

flatten a form

convert a form to a non-interactive form

Form Server

LiveCycle Forms

form template

form design (we do use "form template" when talking about .tds files in Designer)



Output Server

LiveCycle Output

pre-filled form

prepopulated form

static XFA form

static PDF form (created in Designer)



XFA form

form created in LiveCycle Designer

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Tech Notes: October 6, 2008 – November 7, 2008

Here is a list of Knowledge Base tech notes that the LiveCycle ES documentation team has published within the last month or so:

- Correction to Process Management Administration Help regarding customizing the content of notifications (kb407226)
- Running LiveCycle PDF Generator ES with an evaluation version of Acrobat Professional (kb407228)
- LiveCycle Rights Management ES 8.2 exception when older clients request policy updates (kb406577)
- LiveCycle Policy Server policy and license migration fails after upgrade to Rights Management ES (kb406469)
- Data loss if PDF size = the size of the LiveCycle ES setting: Default document max inline (kb405476)
- Date information not displayed correctly in form guides if Date/Time fields are displayed using a Text Input Mask (kb406125)

Other LiveCycle ES teams (like Adobe Support) also publish tech notes. You can search the Knowledge Base for a complete list of tech notes that were published within the last 30 days.

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Changing the timeout setting for LiveCycle applications

Have you ever been working away in LiveCycle Workbench ES or LiveCycle Administration Console, when you’re unexpectedly forced to log in again because your session has timed out? By default, those components time out after two hours (regardless of activity or inactivity) and you have to log in again. But if your organization’s security policies allow it, you can change the default timeout setting to any value up to 1440 minutes (24 hours).

If you’re using LiveCycle 8.2.1, you can change the timeout setting by logging into LiveCycle Administration Console and clicking Settings > User Management > Configuration > Configure Advanced System Attributes. The setting is named Session Timeout Limit (Minutes).

If you’re using an earlier version of LiveCycle, you can change the timeout setting in the configuration file. To update the setting, follow this procedure:
1. Log into LiveCycle Administration Console and click Services > User Management > Configuration > Import and export configuration files.
2. Click Export to produce a config.xml file that contains the current LiveCycle ES settings.
3. Open the XML file in an editor, change the value for the following entry to a number between 5 and 1440 (in minutes), and save the file:
<entry key="assertionValidityInMinutes" value="120"/>
4. Go back to the Import and export configuration files page and import the file that you just modified.

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