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The Adobe LiveCycle Portable Protection Library: an SDK to Manage your Rights Management Server

First, a little background information about Adobe LiveCycle

Adobe LiveCycle is an enterprise suite of server based software products that are meant to help structure business processes. One of its key features is the ability to protect a document (of the following types PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, text, and more!) with a policy to restrict access to a subset of users. Adobe LiveCycle offers this ability through one of its components called, Rights Management.

After a certain point large organizations or organizations that have been using Adobe LiveCycle for an extended period of time may accumulate a significant number of policies and documents, these can become tiresome to manage through the web interface for the Rights Management component of LiveCycle. Users of LiveCycle can also fall into performing the same action over and over, such as protecting documents with the same policy again and again. What if there was a programmatic way to apply these policies to new documents? What if there was a programmatic way to use a policy from one document in another? What if there was a programmatic way to manage these?



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Form Manager API

LiveCycle ES4 saw the (re)introduction of Form Manager. In simple terms Form Manager simplifies the process of managing forms. The official documentation for Form Manager can be found here. Once you have your required forms in Form Manager, you can start to build and manage Forms Portal.

To know about both the ways to build forms portal, read the complete post here.

Task Summary Page

Workspace in LiveCycle ES4 now shows a new tab called the “Summary” tab. As the name indicates this tab can be used to summarize the current task details. By default the “Summary” tab does not have any content in it. The process developer can create the content of the “Summary” tab. In general it is used to show some extra information related to the current task- such as Task Summary or display the driving directions specific to the address mentioned in the task.

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Managing LiveCycle Applications with ant

Adobe LiveCycle ES4 introduces out of the box ant tasks which can help in managing LiveCycle Applications (like import, export, deploy etc). In past, Livecycle client SDK provided following public APIs for managing applications:

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Mobile Form upscaling

Mobile Form rendition of an XFA form is almost similar to PDF Form rendition in terms of behavior and appearance. Some of the dissimilarities are discussed in Mobile Form Vs PDF Form post. In this post, I’ll discuss one key difference that a form designer should take care while designing the XFA Template and that is where it is so critical to preview your templates from the designer itself.



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Mobile Workspace offline internals

With LiveCycle ES4, Mobile Workspace has enabled working without network connection. Offline support has mainly been achieved by caching and storing the data locally on the device. From the offset, the application assumes to be in offline mode. This has following major advantages:

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Hide template reference

In this post I will describe how one can you pass template reference without using request parameter. The default profile of Mobile Form takes all the parameters like template reference, data reference etc through HTTP request parameter. If Mobile Form is deployed to serve the forms on internet then you might not like to expose such URLs on public forums. That is probably because it would expose the internal repository structure to the end user.

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New PDF Export formats introduced in PDF Generator ES4

PDF Generator ES4 introduces new export formats which convert PDF documents to Office Open XML formats (DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX). These conversions use Acrobat based conversion route to perform the operation.
Similar to other existing export formats these new formats are only available on Windows platform, and are single-threaded. The output generated would have the same quality as standalone Acrobat Export option.

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Mobile Forms: LiveCycle Designer way

You want to quickly test your designed form on how it would look like as Mobile Form, you can do it right from the livecycle designer without any other application. You first need to point your designer to use an LiveCycle ES4 server. You can configure it in LiveCycle Designer.

To know how to do this configuration, read this blog post.
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