“Purge completed records after” not editable

Issue: You are trying to change the purge options on the LiveCycle AdminUI > Health Monitor > Job Purge Scheduler but you can’t edit the field “Purge completed records after” because when clicking into this field it doesn’t get the focus. There is no cursor blinking and you can’t type into the field.

Solution: Tab into the field using the tabulator key on your keyboard. Note that the tab order is so that you have to place the cursor into the field “Recur every” and then press the tab key four times.

Background: An invisible object seems to be overlaying the field.

Issue occurs since LiveCycle ES3 and is still reproducible with ES3 SP2 and ES4 SP1.

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LC Designer: Wrong variable getting deleted

If you are working on a form in LiveCycle Designer which has not just form variables but also object collections and/or script objects all those will be listed on the Hierarchy tab under Variables.

Issue: If you delete a form variable from the Form Properties dialog (File > Form Properties > Variables) the wrong one will get deleted if the variables are not sorted.

Background: On the Hierarchy tab you see all three types of variables: form variables, object collections, and script objects. On the Form Properties dialog you only see the form variables. Designer seems to internally number the variables top to bottom. This will cause a form variable on the Hierarchy tab to have a different internal number than the same form variable on the Form Properties dialog if the three kinds of variables are not sorted.

Example: In the screenshot below the variable “v8_form_variable” is the eighth item in the list.

screenshot_Hierarchie_tab_01

If you open the Form Properties dialog to look at the form variables the same variable is now the third item in the list, see screenshot below.

screenshot_form_properties_01

If you now delete that variable, close the Form Properties dialog, and look at the Hierarchy tab, you’ll notice that instead of “v8_form_variable” the item “v3_script_object” got deleted. You deleted the third item in the list on the Form Properties dialog but Designer deleted the third item in the list on the Hierarchy tab.

Solution: You can either sort your variables on the Hierarchy tab in the way that form variables appear at the top of the list, see screenshot below. Or you can simply not delete form variables form the Form Properties dialog but directly from the Hierarchy tab instead (right click > Delete).

screenshot_Hierarchie_tab_02

Reproducible with the following LiveCycle Designer versions: ES2, ADEP, ES3, ES4

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Adobe Reader Mobile and XFA forms from LiveCycle Designer

As the world becomes increasingly more mobile, we hear a lot of questions about dynamic PDF forms created in the LiveCycle Designer and mobile devices.  These forms use an underlying XML structure called XFA (XML Forms Architecture).   This XML structure is pretty powerful and allows the form to grow and shrink based on data or user actions.  It also provides a scripting model that lets you do some amazing things and interact with objects on the page through code.   Many enterprises require this kind of capability for their complex forms.

Along with the changes in the world where more and more people connect to the internet with mobile devices comes a variety of operating systems and browsers.  Some of these operating systems place restrictions on what can be done on the device and most of the browsers now provide their own PDF viewers which are not as capable as the Adobe Reader on the desktop.   This makes it very difficult (impossible actually) to provide the same dynamic PDF experience you expect on the desktop across all mobile devices using PDF.  As a result, Adobe Reader Mobile does not support XFA based PDF’s created in the LiveCycle Designer and it will not provide this support in the future.

Fortunately the XFA structure also allows a single form definition to be transformed into a number of different targets besides interactive PDF.  To target mobile devices and ensure a consistent experience across devices (and on the desktop too!) we’ve created a Mobile Forms capability that renders the same template design for PDF to HTML5 and preserves the layout, scripting and dynamic capabilities.  Given the nature of HTML and the web, this is not a single file like a PDF that can be routed around in email.   It’s an online experience rendered by a server.   Using a server platform there are a lot of other capabilities that come into play such as prefilling forms with data, form management, forms workflow and document generation.  For more information on AEM forms please see our web page.

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Watermarks of dynamic length

This article explains why a watermark might exceed the boundaries of a page or appear at different positions whenever its length changes.

By default, when adding a watermark using LiveCycle Assembler invoking a DDX, it is placed in the centre of the page with no rotation. The watermark can be rotated and positioned using the following attributes:

rotation=”90″
horizontalAnchor=”Left”
horizontalOffset=”-0.5pt”
verticalAnchor=”Top”
verticalOffset=”3pt”

Note: These values are examples. For full details of the syntax and a description of additional attributes to use with watermarks please see the latest Assembler Service and DDX Reference http://help.adobe.com/en_US/livecycle/11.0/ddxRef.pdf.

There are two things to keep in mind when adjusting a watermark:
(1) The watermark will be positioned first and rotated after, regardless of the order in which the attributes are listed.
(2) When applying rotation, the centre of the watermark’s bounding box is used as a fixed centre of rotation. Imagine your watermark without rotation and with a frame around it. This frame represents the bounding box. The centre of that box is the fixed point for its rotation.

For example, if you want your watermark to appear at the left border of your page and rotated by 90 degrees, set the horizontal anchor to “left”, rotation to “90”, and use the horizontal and vertical offset to fine-tune its position.

With a watermark of a fixed length, the fine-tuning is done with fixed values.

Watermarks with dynamic length, however, require the offsets to be calculated dynamically as well because of points (1) and (2) above.

The graphic below demonstrates why. When working with watermarks of dynamic length you’ll have shorter watermarks and longer watermarks. For a shorter watermark the fix point for the rotation is further left than for a longer watermark.

watermark_sketch_01

After rotation your watermark might exceed the page boundary. In the sample below you need to adjust the vertical offset to move it further down. Notice that you need a greater vertical offset for the longer watermark and a lesser vertical offset for the shorter one. The longer watermark appears further right than the shorter one. Use the horizontal offset to adjust that. Notice that if you want both watermarks to appear at closer to the left border of the page you need a lower horizontal offset for the shorter one than for the longer one.

watermark_sketch_02

To avoid the dynamic calculation of offsets when working with watermarks of dynamic length, keep them at the centre of the page.

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LiveCycle on JBoss with Oracle having multiple schemas

Sometimes user may face issues while configuring LiveCycle on JBoss with Oracle having multiple schema.  One of the them are TIMERS and HILOSEQUENCES tables not found. This issue can be resolved using the following steps-

For JBOSS 4.2.1

  1. Timers Table- Please edit $JBOSS_HOME/server/$PROFILE/deploy/ejb-deployer.xml file to change the table name from TIMERS to something like schemaname.tablename.
  2. HILOSEQUENCES Table – Please edit $JBOSS_HOME/server/$PROFILE/deploy/uuid-key-generator.sar/META-INF/jboss-service.xml file to change the table name from HILOSEQUENCES to something like schemaname.tablename.

For JBoss 5.1 and 5.2.0

  1. Timers Table- Please edit $JBOSS_HOME/server/$PROFILE/deploy/ejb2-timer-service.xml file to change the table name from TIMERS to something like schemaname.tablename.
  2. HILOSEQUENCES Table – Please edit $JBOSS_HOME/server/$PROFILE/deploy/uuid-key-generator.sar/META-INF/jboss-service.xml file to change the table name from HILOSEQUENCES to something like schemaname.tablename.

References:

  1.  https://access.redhat.com/site/documentation/en-US/JBoss_Enterprise_Web_Platform/5/html/Administration_And_Configuration_Guide/ch11s03s06.html
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LiveCycle ES4 Certification Exams Now Available

The LiveCycle Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exams are now available through Pearson VUE.   Becoming an Adobe Certified Expert gives you advanced skills recognized and respected by employers. By proving your expertise with Adobe solutions, you demonstrate your commitment to advancing your skills and taking on greater challenges.  We’ve streamlined the LiveCycle certification process and now offer two certifications:

  • Adobe LiveCycle ES4 Designer ACE Exam
  • Adobe LiveCycle ES4 Server ACE Exam

You can schedule your exam and download the exam preparation guide from the Adobe training services site.

Good luck on your exam!

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Adobe Summit 2014 in Salt Lake City

There’s less than two months to go until the digital marketing event of the year.

This year, the Adobe Summit (March 24-28) in Salt Lake City will feature the largest Digital Experience Management (DEM) track to date with dozens sessions focused on web experience management, digital asset management, social communities and experience-driven commerce.

Topics include inspiration and pragmatic tips on how to:

  • Create world-class websites, micro-sites, and landing pages that build brand and deliver a personalized experience
  • Extend the reach of your marketing campaigns across all digital channels including social and mobile
  • Build brand loyalty and engagement with your customers utilizing key concepts and technologies already available to you today

You will also see live demos of Adobe Experience Manager 6, the most exciting and innovative release to date. And this year, Adobe Experience Manager forms and documents powered by LiveCycle has its own session on March 27: Open for online business: Making complex forms easy for web and mobile users.

Register by January 31 to receive $200 off: adobe.ly/1dJJBTA

Become a founding member of the AEM Community to get an early invite to the annual AEM party and access to pre-Summit online events. Learn more here: http://adobe.ly/1kYo4Am

I look forward to seeing you at Summit 2014!

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LiveCycle update: Forms, documents, and the Adobe Marketing Cloud

2013 was an exciting year for LiveCycle. I want to take a moment to update you on how we are continuing to invest and innovate in forms and documents, and provide an overview of our 2014 plans.

In 2013, we introduced LiveCycle ES4, a major release that extends rich form and document experiences to mobile users. Shortly afterwards, we began integrating these capabilities into Adobe Experience Manager, enabling  organizations to easily create, manage, and publish forms and documents in conjunction with a market leading web content management solution. To date, we’ve released three form and document capabilities:

The feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive. Over the last three quarters, many customers have migrated to Adobe Experience Manager forms and documents while preserving their investments in LiveCycle forms.  By integrating form transactions and document confirmations into their web and mobile engagement strategies, they can extend their reach and maintain brand consistency while managing all assets from a single platform.

We will continue to provide updates to LiveCycle customers, while deepening our integration with Adobe Experience Manager to help government, financial institutions and other regulated industries easily engage with citizens and customers through secure, compliant, yet easy-to-use forms and documents. Stay tuned as we announce new features and releases in 2014.

Arun Anantharaman
Senior Vice President Products
Digital Marketing

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Troubleshooting Adobe ES4 Mobile Workspace Build failure issue with xCode 5

With the upgrade of OS X to version 10.8 and above and xCode version to 5.0 onward, some build issues might come up with Adobe Mobile Workspace

MWS build error

To resolve this problem, we need to remove the weak library link flags from the Linking options. Here are the steps for the same.
1. Go to Capture build settings screen.
Build Settings
2. Move to ‘Other Linker Flags’ under Linking Section.
Other Linker Flags

3. Now remove weak_library linking of /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib from both release and debug Linker Flags.
Weak Library flags

 

Removed linker Flags

4. Try building the Capture project again. The build should succeed now.
Build Successful

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Adobe LiveCycle Designer book – 2nd edition released

JP Terry has done it again! JP is the CEO of SmartDoc Technologies and he’s released the second edition of his very popular Adobe LiveCycle Designer book. The first version sold over 11,000 copies! This edition has all-new sections of best practices for PDF forms and is up-to-date with Designer ES4 features. It includes coverage on how to create HTML forms with Designer and LiveCycle Enterprise Suite to target mobile devices. Of course JP had a little help…he collaborated with the LiveCycle engineering team to verify content and cover best practices. A big thanks to the team!

You can find the book on Amazon. Be sure to get the supporting files for the book on www.smartdoctech.com/support.

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