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3 new Solution Accelerators for LiveCycle ES

image The solution accelerator team today announced the release of 3 new solution accelerators for LiveCycle Enterprise Suite.  The solution accelerators are designed to be extended and customized by partners leading to reduced development time and increased quality.  These accelerators are packaged with a set of production-ready building blocks that consist of reusable 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.

Read more on Greg’s blog

Adobe LiveCycle ES NEXT Beta Available Today.

Adobe is pleased to announce that the next version of LiveCycle ES beta is now available. This beta release is made available so that you can start testing your applications on the new version as well as enable you to explore the new features and numerous improvements we have made. However, like any other beta, it is not recommended for production use.

What’s new in the LiveCycle ES Next?

The most important changes have been made around usability of LiveCycle Workbench ES as well as developer productivity. Workbench now supports the concept of a LiveCycle Application with check-in/check-out and deploy features. Other major improvements we are working on are:

  • Task wizards that will make the development and deployment  of LiveCycle ES applications more intuitive
  • Graphical UI which provides a drag and drop interface for building and managing DDX files used with LiveCycle ES

You won’t believe how easy building a LiveCycle ES application has become.

Under the covers, the next version of LiveCycle ES introduces a much enhanced turnkey install as well as an updated support matrix for platforms, application servers and databases.  Most of the LiveCycle ES modules have been also enhanced. For example, LiveCycle ES is now able to generate PDF portfolios on the server.

Help us gather bugs this summer!

In order to reward you for your valiant efforts in helping us improve the quality and usability of LiveCycle ES Next, starting Monday July 20th we will be awarding one copy of Adobe Acrobat Professional Extended per week to the individual that has logged the most issues on the prerelease site. 

Build the coolest LiveCycle ES NEXT application and win!

Take some time during the summer months to build the most interesting application using the next version of LiveCycle ES and win some exciting prizes. Watch the General Announcements forum on prerelease.adobe.com for the official announcement.

Sign up now!!!

Flash Catalyst ROCKS

image If you have not yet gotten your hands on the beta of Flash Catalyst, what are you waiting for?!?!?! I think this is one of the coolest pieces of technology I have seen in a long time! OK, you need to take that with a grain of salt coming from someone on the enterprise software side :-)

The bottom line is that anything that makes it easy for a design challenged person like me to import visual comps and be able to implement the code behind them – I am all for it. As a matter of fact, I actually had to speak about FC recently at a user conference here in Ottawa.

I presented to the Ottawa Flash User Group on Wednesday, June 3. There was about 80 people in the room at the Ottawa Adobe location. I had a 1 hour slot from 7:45 pm to 8:45 pm. My session was after the pizza break – so I needed to wake them up from the cheese educed coma. I used the default UG tour presentation. However, I skipped a lot of the detail slides on Flash Catalyst features since I would cover them in the demo. Everyone was very receptive to the Flash Builder renaming. They actually agreed that Flex Builder / Flex SDK was a source of confusion. I then dazzled them with the Congress demo. I did the whole thing starting from Illustrator to Flash Catalyst to Flex Builder + ColdFusion. We actually had to mop the floor of saliva and jaw marks from when they hit the floor ;). The session was a great success. A lot of "OMG – this is going to put me out of a job" and "What you just did in 2 minutes (data binding to list and showing details form as Master/Detail record) I do all day in my job, this is going to be awesome!"

MORE BREAKING NEWS: Adobe LiveCycle Cafe now available

Wonder how everyone in the LiveCycle community is in the know???? Well now you have access to the secret weapon of the enterprise “in-crowd” :-)

Adobe LiveCycle Cafe is a web-connected desktop application – built on AIR of course. It provides you with real time access to all of the latest news, refined searches, live chat with the experts and more. 

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Get Adobe LiveCycle Cafe now from DevNet.

See you in the cafe…

MAX 2009 in Los Angeles and Online

Well, it looks like the economic situation is not going to deter the organizers of Adobe MAX. Today, we announced that there will be a MAX event in 2009. The dates are from October 4th to the 7th. Unfortunately, there will not be a MAX Europe. The plan is to hold online sessions to reach the global audience.

I have to admit, I have looked at the recordings of  MAX 2008 on Adobe TV and I am very impressed. According to Ted Patrick, the recorded sessions have had 250,000 unique users access the content. Not bad :)

The Enterprise side of the house is going to have some VERY exciting things to show this year – specially for those of you that build enterprise-class RIAs… Wink wink.

If you would like to participate in the “MAX call for Sessions and Labs”, go here http://groups.adobe.com/pages/5fbd55f575.

 

See you at MAX 2009 – be it personally or virtually.

It’s good to be back

After 8 months of hiatus, I’m finally back and have a little time to post.

We have been heads-down working on the LiveCycle ES launch. Might seem like no big deal, but the LC ES architecture is such a dramatic change from it’s predecessors that the amount of work required to get our field organization trained and ready has been monumental.

With Adobe announcing AIR and releasing LC ES, there is so much to talk about. Within the last year we have gone from LiveCycle being a collection of server products to be re-architected to fit the SOA reference model and AIR being announced – the ultimate Service Oriented Client.

More to come soon…

Join me in welcoming Christoph Rooms…

Finally, Christoph Rooms (a teammate of mine in Europe) has entered the blogsphere – I have been bugging him for months :)

Christoph, much like myself, has a strong focus on LiveCycle and was introduced to Flex and Coldfusion when Adobe acquired Macromedia. If you happen to be hanging out in Antwerp (Belgium) the week of December 11th, you can meet him at Javapolis. He will be hosting a couple of Flex sessions and one of those will focus on Spring and Hibernate.  

Welcome Christoph, we all look forward to your contribution to LiveCycle and Flex communities.

Adobe MAX 2006 – Viva Las Vegas Baby!

I think that the theme for MAX 2006: “Beyond boundaries” is dead on! This year’s MAX is not just about the familiar players – Flash,Flex, ColdFusion and Dreamweaver… Make sure you check out the LiveCycle sessions. Among these sessions, you’ll hear about Titan (the next generation of LiveCycle) – you DO NOT want to miss that one!!! Also, Christoph Rooms will be talking about integrating Flex and LiveCycle - truly going beyound boundaries. On that note, please read Steven Webster’s blog entry on Flex and LiveCycle… Other LiveCycle sessions at MAX will cover Designer, Workflow and Forms.

Thanks to Mike Potter for setting up a Google Calendar for the sessions. 

Register for MAX 2006 NOW!

What is the Adobe Enterprise Platform?

I’ve often wondered why it seems so difficult to give an elevator pitch about what Adobe provides in the enterprise space – specifically in regards to . I think it’s less of an issue for Flex. Christophe has refined and posted a very succinct description about how Flex can transform the user experience on the web. However, when it comes to LiveCycle, there still seems to be quite a bit of confusion.  In my opinion, one of the main contributing factors to this confusion is the use of the word “platform”. I’ve heard some people refer to Adobe LiveCycle as a platform, while others define Reader/PDF as a platform. I believe that if you view LiveCycle as a platform, then that would explain why it would be difficult to describe LiveCycle in an elevator pitch. Duane also has an interesting take on this here.    

A software platform is one or more programming interfaces that are used to build an application or solution. If we stop at this simple definition, then LiveCycle is technically a platform… But it’s certainly not that simple.

What is a platform without users?

Just because the software vendor declares their software is a platform, that does not make it so. For software to be truly considered to be a platform, it must be ubiquitous. Why would a developer build an application based on a platform that is not readily available and he or she needs to worry about the runtime being installed? 

A platform needs developers!

If Java only attracted a couple hundred developers, we wouldn’t really call it a platform now would we? A platform needs developers, lots of them. People that build cool and useful things that attract other developers. A critical mass of developers ensures the adoption of the software as a platform.

After considering the above, the platform is in fact Flash Player and Reader. Without these, nothing else matters. As we all know, both Flash and Reader are among the most widely available applications – period. We also know that the number of developers that build application on top of this platform is staggering. Therefore, LiveCycle, Flex and ColdFusion are a collection of tooling and services created by Adobe that enable developers to build robust applications and solutions that can be accessed by the millions of people that own the platform.

So, an elevator pitch for LiveCycle would focus on Reader / PDF as a platform upon which LiveCycle provides three categories of tools and services:   

  • Process Automation: Take advantage of Reader as a ubiquitous rich client to access existing enterprise infrastructures. Everything from simple form-based data collection to fully automated applications.
  • Information Assurance: Given that PDF is the defacto standard for archival as well as paper replacement, enable organizations to reliably secure and control their documents.
  • Document Generation: Countless numbers of PDFs get created each day, not all of them manually. Also, some organizations are required to follow rules on how theirs PDFs must be created.

The decision on what LiveCycle components are required completely depends on what you want to enable Reader to do within your solution. 

Until now, Flash Player and Reader have been separate platforms doing their own thing and doing it well. Kevin Lynch does a great job of explaining the Flash platform here. The same principals apply to Reader and LiveCycle. What I think will blow everyone’s socks off is the when we start using these previously separate platforms as one. The ultra-rich experience of SWF combined with the portability and trustworthiness of PDF will enable organizations to go where they haven’t even imagined possible. Sure, you can build a hybrid application that uses both Flash Player and Reader – however, it’s the power of combining LiveCycle services with Flex and ColdFusion that will alter the way applications will engage it’s users.   

In addition to Apollo, there are some really exciting things that Adobe developers are working on. Stay tuned! 

The future is so bright, we just might have to wear shades :o)

Hello World

Well this is my entry into the blogosphere. Big bad world… here I come!

I guess I’ll start by introducing myself. I’m Marcel Boucher, Product Manager in the Technical Marketing Team for the Adobe Enterprise and Developer Business Unit. What does that mean? Well, among other things it means that I’m one of the propeller heads that the product marketing and product management teams can call on to translate “geak speak” to “marketing mumbo jumbo”. All in all, a very interesting job.

I’ve been with Adobe 10 years now. I’ve done everything from technical support to development to evangelism. I have focused mostly on eForms (Forms & Workflow). And I have loved XFA from day 1! However, now that Macromedia has joined the family, I have been tasked with getting up to speed on ColdFusion and Flex . And I must say, I am in instant fan – this stuff is wicked cool.

I have decided to call this blog “Mind the Gap” – not for the obvious link to the subway system in the UK and it’s annoying voice that repeats those three words in a mind numbing chant – but as a description of the focus of this blog: Talk about how to bridge the technology gap between ColdFusion /Flex and LiveCycle. There are a few blogs talking about this subject starting to pop-up( ex. :FlexLive and FormNation); and I say the more the merrier! Each one of these products add tremendous value to those who use them; but only a handful of people actually understand the potential that these combined products have – and if we don’t do a better job of spreading the word – it’s going to stay that way. Both Zee (:FlexLive) and Anthony (FormNation) have commented on Livecycle and crossing the Technology Chasm, and I am convinced that the conditions are right – we just need to make it happen.

I’ve created a Flex Data Services 2 tutorial that covers Hibernate which I will be posting shortly. OK, so it’s not a Flex / LiveCycle integration sample, but I figure data exchange will be a fundamental subject for any Flex and LiveCycle solution; so I needed to get my feet wet :o)