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LiveCycle Home

There are numerous end user or administrator user web UIs for LiveCycle Enterprise suite  :

  • Correspondence Management Solution
  • Forms Manager
  • Workspace (Flex & HTML)
  • Reader Extensions
  • PDFG
  • Rights Management
  • Process Reporting

An administrator works with many of these web UIs and it is little difficult for administrator to remember the URLs for all these applications and prior to ES4 SP1 there was no single place for a specific user to see what all LC applications that particular user has access to.

In LiveCycle ES4 SP1 we have introduced LiveCycle Home or LiveCycle landing page – which is a single page that displays all the applications that any specific logged in user has access to and can launch those applications from that landing page, SSO is integrated so that the user is not challenged to provide username/password after the first login.

LiveCycle Home sample image :

LiveCycle Home

LiveCycle Home

One can log on to LiveCycle Home by hitting any of the following URLs :

  • http://servernameoripaddress:serverport/lc
  • http://servernameoripaddress:serverport/lc/home
  •  http://servernameoripaddress:serverport/lc/welcome

 

This page can also be customized to add URLs to any other applications that are integrated with LiveCycle

 

There are some self service options for learning (links to help resources) , LiveCycle Communities (Forums & blogs) , TroubleShooting (System Info Service) and link to support (to raise any product issues or contact support for help)

Note : This functionality will be available to only those users of LiveCycle who use CRX based components like Forms Manager or Correspondence Manager.

 

For more information about LiveCycle Home go through documentation on Adobe’s help

 

LiveCycle ES4 SP1 (a.k.a Service Pack 1) is now available for download

LiveCycle ES4 SP1 i.e service pack 1 is released and now available for download from Adobe’s Download page It is the first service pack that has been released on top of LiveCycle ES4 which was released in March 2013. This service pack includes numerous features across the product areas, some of those to mention are :

  • LiveCycle Connector for SharePoint 2013   –    LiveCycle connectors now supports integration with SharePoint 2007 , SharePoint 2010 & SharePoint 2013. Till ES4 release only 2007 & 2010 versions of MS SP were supported but many customers have requested us to support SharePoint 2013 as well so we have included that support with SP1 release.
  • MWS Startpoints  – Enterprises can now deploy processes and optionally choose to enable The Mobile Workspace Application now has enhanced UI and now allows users to start processes directly from MWS application.
  • Correspondence Management Solution –  cache functionality is implemented to enhance the performance of correspondence preview and submit. ES4 SP1 has significant performance improvements when compared to ES4. Another major functionality to mention is field and variable validations that have been introduced in create correspondence UI. Organizations can customize CM to include their custom validations as well.
  • LiveCycle Home  –  LiveCycle ES4 SP1 introduces a home page or a landing page for all LiveCycle users which is sort of landing page that displays all the applications that a specific user has access to with their shortcuts for easy accessibility so that one need not remember multiple URLs of various LC applications. User once logged on to LC home can hop to any LC application that he/she has access to without re-entering password via single sign-on
  • Process Reporting  – We have been receiving requests from various customer to provide a UI where they can have an overview of all the processes and tasks that are currently running or which have been completed. This is an all new functionality that has been introduced which gives LC administrators to have valuable business insights in to all the long-lived orchestrations that have been deployed on LiveCycle.

 

The above list is not complete there are numerous other additions like enhanced platform support (Java 7 specifically) , Form Portal integration Package , System Information Service and accessibility reporting.

 

Go to What’s new in ES4 SP1 for a complete list of all the features and enhancements that have been added in ES4 SP1

 

Video highlighting the new features and enhancements in ES4 SP1 (refresh the browser in case you are unable to view the video preview below)

 

Adobe LiveCycle ES4 is now GA

 

We have proudly announced the release of LiveCycle ES4 last month and now it is now GA (available to general market via web and physical media)

Adobe LiveCycle ES4 extends the business processes to clients using smart phones or tablets.

 

Watch this five-minute video to check out the major new features available in LiveCycle ES4

(refresh the browser in case you are unable to view the video preview below)

 

LiveCycle ES4 has two new modules – LiveCycle Forms Pro and LiveCycle Forms portal. An all-new PhoneGap based Mobile Workspace app is delivered with ES4.

There are loads of features that are included across the LiveCycle modules. These are new features and also some features which were delivered as CCRs on previous releases.

There are numerous additions to platform matrix. LiveCycle is now supported on AIX 7.1 and RHEL 6 in addition to the list of OSes that we already certified and supported till ES3. ES4 is certified on a new version of Oracle Weblogic application server (12.1.1 ) in addition to all the application servers and specific versions that were certified till ES3. Official support is added for lot of new LDAP servers. Chrome is now in the list of officially certified and supported browsers. Check the platform matrix for the full list.

 

The current version of LiveCycle provides a better ROI (than earlier versions of LiveCycle) to the existing and new customers.The customers who are on earlier LiveCycle releases can quickly contact support and plan for the upgrade. 

 

Links to some important resources:

  1. What’s new in ES4
  2. Full Product Documentation
  3. Install Docs
  4. Platform Matrix
  5. Trial Download site
  6. LiveCycle Forums

 

Correspondence Management Letter Preview Issues in Chrome and Firefox

 

If you are unable to preview the letter in Correspondence Management Create Correspondence UI and wondering what might have happened – this blog tries to explain the reason behind it

If you are using Chrome , you may be seeing the issue as shown in the below screen shot

Letter preview in Chrome

Chrome Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are using Firefox , you may be seeing the issue as shown in the below screen shot

 

Letter preview in Firefox

Letter preview in Firefox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When a letter is opened for preview the Create Correspondence UI opens and this UI is split in to two halves

On the left hand side the contents that are used in the letter are shown in the Flex UI and on the right hand side the preview of final correspondence is shown as PDF

In order to display the PDF on RHS one would need PDF plug-in in the browser that is being used.

The latest versions of modern browsers like Chrome and Firefox have their own in-built PDF Viewers

Chrome’s inbuilt PDF viewer is Chrome PDF Viewer , Latest versions of Firefox has a PDF.js plug-in which shows the PDF in html form

 

The PDF that is shown on the right hand side of create correspondence UI is an XFA form based PDF and the built-in PDF viewers of Chrome and Firefox do not support the preview of these PDFs

The solution to resolve this issue is to set Adobe’s Acrobat/Reader plug-in as the default plug-in to open PDF files inside the browser

 

Follow the below steps to set Acrobat/Reader plug-in as default plug-in to open PDFs in Chrome

1. Open Chrome browser

2. type chrome://plugins in omnibar and press Enter

3. If Chrome PDF Viewer is enabled , you should see something as below in your browser (Notice the Disable on Chrome PDF Viewer – which means it is currently enabled , user can click the link to disable it)

Chrome Plugins

Chrome Plugins

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Disable Chrome PDF Viewer and Enable Adobe Reader PDF plug-in , after Reader plug-in is enabled you should see something as below in your browser (In this example Adobe Reader is shown but if you have Acrobat installed on your system , the Acrobat plug-in should be enabled)

Chrome Plugins

Chrome Plugins

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Try to preview the letter again after Reader plug-in is enabled , The letter should render fine now

 

Letter preview

Letter preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the below steps to set Acrobat/Reader plug-in as default plug-in to open PDFs in Firefox

 

1. Open Firefox browser

2. type about:config  in address bar

3. type pdfjs in the browser search box

4. In the preferences, select pdfjs.disabled – the option would be enabled by default , set it to false

aboutconfig

aboutconfig

 

 

 

 

 

5. Also in the preferences , ensure that the Acrobat/Reader is selected as the application to open PDF files

6. Restart the browser

 

If the above steps are followed to set Acrobat or Reader PDF plug-in as the default of Chrome or Firefox then the XFA form based PDF would appear properly on the RHS of the Correspondence Management Create Correspondence UI

Letter preview

Letter preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note : In case if the PDF viewer is properly configured to Acrobat or Reader plug-in but if you still see issues in viewing letters there could be some other issue.

 

I will post a seperate blog to investigate how the letter preview issues can be debugged … stay tuned….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcing LiveCycle ES4

We are proud to announce our next and major release of LiveCycle a.k.a Adobe LiveCycle ES4 with loads and loads of new features.

 

Significant features include :

  1. Mobile forms support
  2. Mobile Workspace application
  3. Forms management capabilities
  4. Integration with Adobe Experience Manager
  5. Extended rights management
  6. Addition of new features in Correspondence Management
  7. Inclusion of new features that are added as CCR on previous releases which will be available for upgrade customers

 

For more information go to official press release of Adobe

Also watch a cool 5 minute video that showcases and explains most of the new features of LiveCycle ES4

 

 

LiveCycle ES3 supported platform combinations

Adobe LiveCycle ES3 is supported on around 32 platform combinations (Operating System , Application server , Database , JDBC driver , OS architecture and JDK combinations)

Turnkey install , config and deploy is supported on two Operating Systems viz Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Vista (for evaluation and development purposes)

Full list of supported platforms combinations is available on Adobe LiveCycle help documentation