What’s new in Cloud Manager 1.1

Adobe has just released Cloud Manager 1.1, an enhanced version of the SaaS offering that enables reduced time and costs for provisioning, managing, and metering Web Experience Management (WEM) solutions for digital marketing initiatives. This new version rolls out the following major enhancements:

  • Rackspace support: In addition to Amazon EC2, Cloud Manager 1.1 now supports Rackspace Cloud Hosting.
  • Enhanced cloud deletion: You can now delete CQ clouds even if they have online backups. You can also remove failed or inconsistent clouds from the Clouds dashboard.
  • Numerous other bug fixes and improvements…

For more information about using Cloud Manager, refer to the documentation. If you have a question, post it on Adobe forums.

CQ Cloud Manager is here!

Adobe has announced the general availability of CQ Cloud Manager, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) that enables reduced time and costs for provisioning, managing, and metering Web Experience Management (WEM) solutions supporting digital marketing initiatives. Cloud Manager takes advantage of cloud computing technology, such the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud, to start up CQ clusters quickly and consistently.

Using CQ Cloud Manager, Digital Marketing organizations can provision and deploy instances of their Web environment without having to procure hardware or pay large upfront costs. This ease of provisioning allows enterprises to rapidly engage customers, drive market shares, and focus on innovation.

The infographic below captures the overall CQ Cloud Manager framework:

 

To know more about Cloud Manager or to learn how to use it, refer to the documentation.

Correspondence Management: Adding custom asset action buttons

The Correspondence Management solution lets you add new actions to the Manage Assets UI for a particular asset type. The following broad steps are involved in this process:

  1. Modify the asset FML
  2. Extend the asset handler
  3. Register the modified asset handler
  4. Rebuild and redeploy the solution template

Details, including code snippets, are available here.

Correspondence Management: Move active assets betwixt systems

Correspondence Management 9.5 now lets you conveniently move active assets from one system to another. You can export the selected assets from the source system as a ZIP package and import the ZIP package into the target system.

This functionality is useful in several scenarios; for example, when you’re moving assets from a development environment to a production environment.

Some important considerations to keep in mind:

  • Only active assets can be exported. Further, all the assets to be exported must be on the same Correspondence Management system.
  • For optimal performance, select a maximum of 100 letters for export and ensure that the exported ZIP package size does not exceed 50 MB.
  • The export operation fails if one or more dependent assets for a selected asset are in the archived state. To resolve this issue, refer to the log and modify the selected asset such that it is dependent on the active version of the offending asset instead of the archived version.

You can access the documentation for this new feature here.

Enter special characters in Correspondence Management asset names

Sometimes, you may want to create Correspondence Management solution assets that contain special characters in their names. To do so, you must first define the list of special characters that you want to use in the tbxeditor-config XML file.

Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the CRX console at http://<servername>:<port>/crx/de/index.jsp as an admin. The default admin credentials are admin/admin.
  2. Edit the content/cm/tbxeditor-config.xml file.
  3. Enter the special characters within the customAssetNameCharset tag. For example, to enable the French character set, enter the special characters À, Î , Ù, etc within the tag.
  4. Save the XML file.
  5. Now, to use any character in the Editor Properties dialog, enter Alt + <ASCII value of the special character>.

Author-instance clustering for Correspondence Management

We’ve added a brand new section to the Installing the Correspondence Management Developer’s Guide explaining how you can set up author-instance clustering for Correspondence Management.

When the Correspondence Management solution is deployed, the author instance runs on the same server as LiveCycle ES3. However, setting up the LiveCycle cluster doesn’t automatically configure the Correspondence Management author-instance cluster. You must set up this cluster manually.

Author-instance clustering has no dependency on LiveCycle clustering. The LiveCycle cluster acts as a backend system for author instance clustering when LiveCycle is integrated with the Correspondence Management solution. The shared nothing mode of clustering is supported for Correspondence Management.

You can read the full technical article here.

CQ Cloud Manager beta…

Over at the Experience Delivers blog, Pierre Tager – Adobe Group Product Manager for Enterprise Cloud – talks about Cloud Manager, an innovative cloud service enabling reduced time and costs for provisioning, managing, and metering Web Experience Management (WEM) solutions supporting digital marketing initiatives.

In an era where enterprises are facing ever-growing competition, digital marketers are demanding to accelerate their go-to-market strategy to build their brand, while creating demand and increasing reach for their products. As marketers, you’ve all been there: Great marketing campaign idea. Check. Social Community. Check. Implementation time…hmm. That’s where it falls flat. How many times have marketing initiatives been held up due to the time it takes to negotiate and buy software? Provision IT resources? Download, install and configure? Fellow marketers, wait no more! Adobe is bringing it all together with a new technology, that combines the best Web platform and modern cloud computing. Introducing Adobe CQ Cloud Manager, designed to help marketers accelerate time to market and provide competitive differentiation in today’s ever-changing digital landscape.

Read the complete blog post here. 

Join the beta program here.

 

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.