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Review of LiveCycle ES2 written by Mike Heck of Network World

Mike Heck published a review of LiveCycle ES2 titled “Adobe LiveCycle gives business apps a shot in the arm.

“The quality of the accelerators’ coding and documentation was impressive. I installed and modified the eSubmissions Solution Accelerator, which lets users collect and approve PDF documents required for filing new drug applications with regulatory agencies. Since this accelerator bundles review, commenting, approval and ondemand building blocks, I estimate the development cycle was cut in half for a production-ready application.”

Thanks Mike for the great feedback!

Announcing the release of the Government Benefits and Services Delivery Solution Accelerator for LiveCycle ES

The solution accelerator team is pleased to announce the release of the Government Benefits and Services Delivery Solution Accelerator. The solution accelerator is designed to be extended and customized by partners leading to reduced development time and increased quality. The accelerator is packaged with a set of production ready building blocks that consist of re-usable components and technical guides. The building blocks may be used within the context of a solution accelerator or form the basis for developing new solutions.

With the universal Adobe Reader and Flash Player, Adobe solutions have been critical in helping government agencies provide electronic channels for citizen and business services enrollment. With Adobe LiveCycle ES and the Adobe Benefits and Services Delivery solution accelerator, you can simplify citizen and business services enrollment, increase productivity by streamlining data collection and sharing across agencies and service providers, and ensure compliant correspondence on services eligibility and determination. This solution accelerator includes a set of Flex components and sample LiveCycle forms which can help you deliver Section 508 accessibility compliant portals for finding, selecting and applying for services such as health and human services, grants, child welfare, unemployment and business registration.

Connect presentation:http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/BenefitsAndServicesDelivery
Solution Guide: http://www.adobe.com/government/pdfs/adobe_benefits_services_delivery_portfolio.pdf
Further details: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/livecycle/solutions/gov_benefits.html

For further information including referencing the technical documentation or to download these new releases, please visit http://www.adobe.com/devnet/livecycle/solution_accelerators.html. Your feedback, suggestions, and questions are greatly appreciated.

Ashish Agrawal
Group Product Manager

Loni Kao
Group Solutions Manager, Government Solutions

Announcing the release of 3 New Solution Accelerators for LiveCycle ES

The solution accelerator team is pleased to announce the release for 3 new solution accelerators. The solution accelerators are designed to be extended and customized by partners leading to reduced development time and increased quality. The accelerators are packaged with a set of production ready building blocks that consist of re-usable components and technical guides. The building blocks may be used within the context of a solution accelerator or form the basis for developing new solutions.

Financial Services: Account Enrollment
Improve account enrollment while driving consistency and efficiency across channels and products. With Adobe LiveCycle ES and the Account Enrollment solution accelerator, you can minimize repeated data entry, streamline account processing and setup, and deliver tailored information to customers with ease.
Connect presentation: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/AccountEnrollment
Further details: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/livecycle/solutions/fin_account_enrollment.html

Financial Services: Correspondence Management
Ensure customer communications are consistent, tailored, and cost efficient by managing all of your correspondence on a single platform. With Adobe LiveCycle ES and the Correspondence Management Solution accelerator, you can automate all kinds of correspondence — from welcome packages and confirmations to proposals and claim letters — while ensuring communications are accurate, compliant, and secure.
Connect presentation: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/CorrespondenceManagement
Further details: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/livecycle/solutions/fin_serv_corr_man.html

Cross-Industry: Human Capital Applications
Adobe solutions can help HR teams simplify and streamline forms-based processes, as well as reducing costs by providing self service options to employees. Adobe solutions can support secure HR processes throughout an enterprise, engaging employees and applicants whether online or offline, and integrating the employee or applicant data within your existing infrastructure. The Human Capital Applications solution accelerator facilitates new employee onboarding and offboarding. With Adobe LiveCycle ES and the Human Capital Applications Accelerator, you can streamline data collection, secure employee data, dynamically generate welcome and exit packages, and reduce compliance risks and loss of intellectual and physical property.
Connect presentation: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/HumanCapitalApplications
Further details: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/livecycle/solutions/cross_vertical.html

Supporting these new solution accelerators, there are additional technology building blocks (Selection and Capture, Content Creation, Correspondence Generation) and updates to the existing On-Demand Assembly building block.

For further information including referencing the solution guides and technical documentation or to download these new releases, please visit http://www.adobe.com/devnet/livecycle/solution_accelerators.html. Your feedback, suggestions, and questions are greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

Ashish Agrawal
Group Product Manager

Diana Helander
Group Manager, Cross Industry Solutions

John Hunter
Sr. Marketing Manager, Financial Services & Insurance Solutions

Adobe MAX 2009

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Adobe Max 2009 is being held at Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall and Nokia Theatre LA LIVE, California from October 4-7.The solution accelerator team are really exited about the event specially with its enterprise focus. We will be presenting a number of hands-on sessions leveraging the latest solution accelerator and building block releases. We look forward to meeting the developers all around the world who have downloaded the solution accelerators and hear about their experiences and solutions.

If you are planning to attend look for the LiveCycle@MAX bundle pass that includes:
* 1.5 days LiveCycle ES: Building Rich Engaging Applications preconference lab
* A full conference pass which allows access to all:

  • MAX 2009 sessions and labs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (October 5-7)

  • MAX keynotes, evening events, the MAX Store and all activities within the Community Pavilion
  • MAX-provided meals and breaks

Mark your calendar with the following sessions:

Understanding the Building Blocks of Adobe’s Solution Accelerator Program

Monday, 5th October: 3:30-4:30pm
Wednesday, 7th October: 5:00-6:00pm

Learn how to accelerate enterprise application development while reducing costs and time to market by leveraging LiveCycle and Adobe Solution Accelerators. The session will include a review of all the available Solution Accelerators and how they might be applied in various contexts to suit your business needs while delivering developmental efficiencies and effectiveness.

Developing Enterprise Solutions Using Adobe Solution Accelerators

Tuesday, 6th October: 3:30 – 5:00pm
Wednesday, 7th October: 11:00-12:30pm

Adobe Solution Accelerators provide reusable code and best practices that accelerate your time to develop and deploy a solution powered by LiveCycle. Learn how to leverage Solution Accelerators to kick-start solution development and solve common challenges in the enterprise space, thus reducing risk and increasing the quality of your enterprise applications. Hands-on tutorials will guide participants on how to leverage the different reusable building blocks to develop a complete end-to-end application.

Bug reporting capability is now available!

Bug reporting capability is now available via the Adobe Solution Accelerator support site.

Simply click on the “Submit Bugs/Feature Requests” link in the navigation panel to the left of the Solution Accelerator or Building Block download and you will have the opportunity to log a new bug or feature request and search and view bugs/features logged by other users along with their status. In addition, users also have the opportunity to “vote” for a bug. Voting is a way for users to emphasize the importance placed on bugs already identified and help the solution accelerator team prioritize for the next release.

In order to assist you further, bug filling tips and frequently asked questions are easily accessible from this site.

Flag Mandatory Fields Automatically

If you would like to use script in your forms in order to automatically flag mandatory fields, using a red asterisk (*) in their captions, check-out this article I just posted on my blog.

The script supports mandatory fields with the following characteristics:

  • have plain or rich text captions
  • have no captions (no asterisk is displayed in this case)
  • use text objects (plain or rich text) as captions instead of normal field captions
  • have the same name (multiple instances that aren’t dynamically generated)
  • are inside repeating subform instances

Typically called when the root subform is initialized, the script will search recursively (depth-first search) for all fields within a specified container (i.e. the root subform) and will place the asterisk on any mandatory field it finds. There is also a function by which the asterisk can be toggled on/off by explicitly telling the function whether to treat the field as mandatory or optional.

The script is located in a script object. The idea is that you would make a script object fragment out of it and re-use it in any form that needs this functionality. The script is also heavily commented so it should be relatively easy to extend for your own needs.