Adobe LiveCycle ES3 is here!

Adobe has just announced the release of LiveCycle ES3. Dave Welch, Senior Director – LiveCycle, writes about the new release on the Adobe LiveCycle Blog:

LiveCycle ES3 contains the document and data services capabilities, including electronic forms and business processes, which were formerly part of the Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform (ADEP), a brand that is being retired.

The new LiveCycle ES3 release incorporates:

  • Document services capabilities available with ADEP and the recent ADEP Document Services service pack 1
  • LiveCycle Data Services 4.6.1
  • Updates to LiveCycle Connectors for Microsoft® SharePoint® and IBM® FileNet

LiveCycle offers a number of components that help extend the value of existing back-end systems by better engaging users, streamlining processes, managing correspondence, and strengthening security. These components are:

  • Modules: Reader Extensions, Forms, Output, Digital Signatures, Rights Management, Process Management, PDF Generation
  • Tools: Workbench, Designer
  • Solutions: Correspondence Management
  • ECM Connectors: SharePoint, IBM Filenet, Documentum, IBM CM
  • Advanced Offerings: Data Services

The FAQ capturing more details about LiveCycle ES3 and ADEP is here.

Adobe LeanPrint is here!

Adobe has just released LeanPrint, an enterprise-class, software-only printing solution that dramatically reduces printing costs by using an innovative method to redo the layout of documents while printing from popular applications and browsers.

Adobe LeanPrint also lets you track print jobs and costs, and analyze paper and toner savings arising from LeanPrint usage at the document, user, and organization levels.

Here’s an excerpt from an Adobe blog post:

Adobe LeanPrint is printing software that reduces costs by implementing patent-pending technologies from Adobe that automatically fine-tune formatting, colors and layout regardless of the printing device — inkjet or laser, personal or networked printer. LeanPrint provides plug-ins to common desktop applications such as Adobe Acrobat®, Adobe Reader®, Microsoft® Excel®, Microsoft Word and common browsers that typically account for the majority of printing in the enterprise and home. LeanPrint allows final output to be shown before the user sends the document to the printer ensuring visual assurance of a streamlined execution.

While other solutions aim to reduce the environmental impact by setting printing quotas or routing to a specific printer, LeanPrint takes a different approach by using less pages in Super Saver mode and providing a Toner Saver option to create smarter, less toner-heavy prints. With LeanPrint software, customers can easily choose settings to obtain a clear picture of the savings for each print job within the print preview and quantify the amount of paper and toner being used. With My Savings, savings achieved over days, months and years from within LeanPrint can be conveniently monitored and tracked, providing an incentive to save.

Some useful resources

Toggling between two fields in a dynamic form

The LiveCycle Cookbook, a community resource for developers, has a recent recipe and sample artifact by Arjun V: Toggling between two fields in a dynamic form.

The Cookbook homepage is here: http://cookbooks.adobe.com/livecycle. Check out the available recipes and contribute your own.

Introducing The LiveCycle Post

If you’re a LiveCycle user or consultant, you may have found it difficult at times to follow all those great blogs and resources out there in the community. That’s why we’ve brought you The LiveCycle Post, a human-moderated aggregator of the best user-assistance content from the community.

How does it work? Well, it’s simple. We read through a bunch of machine-aggregated blog posts every now and then and moderate the ones that LiveCycle users would find useful. These blog posts are authored by LiveCycle users, Adobe partners, customers, and Adobe employees.

And yes, if you have a LiveCycle resource that you’d want us to track, simply leave its RSS feed URL as a comment to this blog post. All rights for your content remain yours. We’ll also make sure we include your name and a link to your blog in the aggregated posts.

Here’s the link again: http://blogs.adobe.com/livecyclepost/.

Localizing Images: Cultural Aspects and Visual Metaphors

In May 2011, I had the opportunity to deliver a session titled Localizing Images: Cultural Aspects and Visual Metaphors at the STC Technical Communication Summit in Sacramento, California. It was a great experience speaking on this topic to a predominantly American audience, since there was cultural exchange happening right from the word Go.

A variation of the session was also accepted on the program for the 2011 STC India Conference. I was looking forward to traveling to Chennai to present the session on December 3. Unfortunately, a middle ear infection played spoilsport and the doctor forbade me from flying for at least a couple of weeks. My colleague, Nandini Gupta, then graciously agreed to present the session on my behalf.

A slide deck for the session is embedded below:

Localizing Images: Cultural Aspects and Visual Metaphors

You can download an audio recording of my session at the STC Summit from this link (~9 MB). The recording should be used in conjunction with the slide deck.
There’s more! The paper (accompanying this session) published in the Proceedings of the conference is embedded below. Happy reading!

Localizing Images: Cultural Aspects and Visual Metaphors

Project and team hierarchy in ICR

The campaign is the highest layer in the Integrated Content Review object hierarchy. The project is the second layer in the object hierarchy and the asset is the third layer. In fact, an asset is the basic unit of work — a work item — in the Integrated Content Review workflow.

Multiple levels of project nesting are supported.

Assets are actively managed through review cycles and drive all statuses in the campaign. For example, if an asset is late, the status of the parent campaign automatically becomes red. If all the constituent assets of a campaign are on time or green, the status of the campaign is green. Therefore, the status of a campaign is derived bottom-up instead of top-down.

Team member inheritance

Teams are built in a bottom-up fashion. Team members at any level in the campaign hierarchy include team members from lower levels. In other words, a campaign includes all members of a project. A project, in turn, includes all members of the assets within it.

Additionally, at any level in the campaign, a new member can be added directly to the team list. These new members have no responsibilities towards the campaign, but they receive notifications when statuses change. They also get access to the solution interface so that they can proactively see how the campaign is progressing.

For background information, you can refer to the Integrated Content Review Solution Guide.

Setting up the ICR development environment

The Integrated Content Review solution ships with a solution interface and building blocks that you can customize as per your organization’s requirements. Before you set out to customize these components, you must first set up your development environment. Setting up the ICR development environment involves the following broad steps:

    • Set up prerequisites
    • Locate the solution interface and required dependencies
    • Understand available projects
    • Set up available projects in Flash Builder
    • Set up Java projects in Eclipse
    • Build and deploy the solution interface

For detailed information about each of these steps, refer to this PDF document (download).

Integrated Content Review solution user scenarios

The Integrated Content Review solution enables enterprises to streamline the planning, creation, review, approval, and archiving of assets used in digital marketing campaigns. The solution includes a solution interface and the Adobe Creative Suite Task List Extension for Integrated Content Review.

Using the solution interface, you can manage assets through creation, review, and approval workflows. The Creative Suite Task List extension lets creative professionals submit artifacts for review and receive comments and approval from right within Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop.

The infographic below captures the ICR workflow and user scenarios, together with the roles/personas involved at each step. (Click the image to view it full-size).

For descriptions of ICR roles/personas and user scenarios, see this chapter in the Integrated Content Review 10.0 Solution Guide.

For further information, you can refer to the following resources:

Getting started with Adobe Customer Experience Solutions

Adobe Customer Experience Solutions help create, manage, and deliver high-impact, personalized interactions that captivate customers and extend brand values across digital channels. Powered by the Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform (ADEP), these solutions include rich enterprise applications and friendly user interfaces.

To understand Adobe’s Customer Experience Management philosophy and roadmap, view this great interview by Ben Watson, Adobe’s principal customer experience strategist.

Ben talks about Customer Experience Solutions as being integral to the manage part of Adobe’s becoming a make, manage, and measure brand.

So ultimately, we are becoming the make, manage and measure brand, as I think about it, in the enterprise. While we are probably still best known for ‘make’, in terms of Photoshop, Illustrator – our design tools – Acrobat for making documents, Flash for making multimedia presentations on the web or for delivering and making applications, and delivering an actual interactive application. I would argue that in the web space we are pretty well known from a measuring perspective as well. The acquisition of Omniture a few years has grown into the Adobe Online Marketing Suite, and we have a strong set of tools there around, not just measurement of web activity, but now measurement of social activity analytics that are relative to the communities you might be forming at an enterprise, or also your work that you do with third party communities, like the major social networks, etc.

Here in the middle are these set of technologies that I am focused on which are ultimately the management. By management I mean web content management, business process management and rolling all of this up under the umbrella of customer experience management.

You can read the transcript of the interview here.

While you’re reading up more and getting started, here are a few other resources you’ll find helpful:

List of recent LiveCycle Quick Fixes

For a list of Quick Fixes available for Adobe LiveCycle ES2, ES2 SP1, ES2 SP2, and ES2.5, refer to this knowledgebase article. The Quick Fix list is categorized by version and LiveCycle components.

Once you’ve identified a Quick Fix that you want to apply, please get in touch with Adobe Enterprise Support for further details.