Overview of the ADEP Document Services modules
When LiveCycle became ADEP Document Services all of the existing modules were ported over but I thought it would be useful to revisit them all and see what as new. This post gives a summary of the modules which are available to any Document Services solution (excluding the foundation services which come with all Document Services modules) and should be familiar to those who have worked with LiveCycle ES1/ES2 in the past.
Business Process Management
Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform Document Services – Process Management 10.0
Process Management allows the designer to create processes which assign and move tasks around a business. End users can login using the Workspace web application to view and update any task assigned to them. This module is commonly used in conjunction with the Forms modules in order to create workflows for forms built by the designer. ADEP Mobile also comes as part of this module allowing your end users to interact with their tasks on the go.
As described in one of my earlier posts this one has now been deprecated. It’s still included for legacy purposes but you should really be using the new CRX service.
Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform Document Services – Forms 10.0
The bread and butter of many ADEP solutions, Forms is what allows data to be merged and retrieved from forms rendered to PDF, HTML or Guides. It also allows forms to be assembled from fragments. If you are designing to form to be dynamic and it doesn’t have a fixed layout then you will almost certainly need the Forms module. Together with the Process Management module it allows for some fancy data collection and presentation to your end users!
Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform Document Services – Adobe Reader Extensions 10.0
If you need to distribute those forms you’ve just designed to external parties then chances are you’ll probably run into the need for Reader Extensions. A “rights-enabled” form opened in Adobe Reader allows the end user to perform tasks that are normally reserved for the commercial Acrobat software such as adding attachments, saving a PDF form locally (the most common use case) and digitally signing forms. Can be used standalone or as part of a workflow.