Archive for September, 2008

Adding dot leaders to a form

You can now add dot leaders to text on a form using LiveCycle Designer ES Update 1 (8.2). Dot leaders are useful when you want to create a table of contents in a form or want to uniformly align text in columns.

The following link takes you to a video clip that shows you how to add dot leaders to a form. Thanks to Stephanie Legault, a developer on the LiveCycle Designer team, for creating it!

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To learn more about dot leaders, go to the LiveCycle Designer ES Help and search for leaders.

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LiveDocs: Demystified

What are LiveDocs?
LiveDocs are a technology developed at Adobe that allows you to provide feedback on our product help documentation. That feedback comes directly to the team responsible for creating the documentation that you commented on.

Providing comments using LiveDocs is one of the best ways to get our attention and make a positive contribution to the larger Adobe community. Other readers will be able to see your comments, as well as any responses we make to you, which helps others who may share the same thoughts or issues. If your comment highlights something we need to change, we make sure that we address the issue for the next time we post the documentation. We also put the offending writer(s) on half rations of food for a month to teach them a lesson 😉

Can I provide comments on any piece of LiveCycle ES documentation?
Not yet. We still distribute a portion of our documentation as PDFs. However, a significant percentage of our LiveCycle documentation is available in LiveDocs, including (but not limited to):

And many more. For a complete list of what is available, visit the documentation web site and look for items that include a LiveDocs link.

How do I use LiveDocs?
Using LiveDocs is fairly easy. Before you begin though, you will need to get an Adobe account. There really are benefits to being a member in this case.

Once you have an Adobe account, browse through one of the pieces of documentation available in LiveDocs. Once you open a help system, you will notice an Add Comment button at the bottom of each page in the help. To add a comment, click the Add Comment button. You’ll be asked to sign into your Adobe account, if you aren’t already, and then you’ll be taken to a simple web page with a single Comment field. Type in your feedback, and then click Submit.

Your comment is routed directly to the LiveCycle documentation team to be verified. This step is a must to prevent things like spam and Hello World! style comments. Someone from our team approves the comment and then the writer(s) responsible for the section that you commented on are asked to provide a response within 48 hours. We take that deadline very seriously. You have taken the time to enter a comment, the very least we can do is return the favor.

What kinds of things can I comment on?
If you’re the kind of person who sits in an aromatherapy bath reading through the documentation as if it were one of the great pieces of literature, we want to know why you think so. Similarly, if you read something and think ‘I wouldn’t even line my bird cage with this tripe’, then we want to know why.

In addition, if you have experiences or sample code you want to post for the benefit of other users, then that’s terrific. We are all about bringing people together.

That’s it. We look forward to hearing from you!

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LiveCycle 8.0.1 Service Pack 3 now available

We’re pleased to announce the release of LiveCycle ES 8.0.1 Service Pack 3. This release not only addresses a number of customer related issues, but also includes updates to the documentation set.

New for this revision is the “Using Watched Folders” chapter in the Administering LiveCycle ES guide that provides details on topics such as:

– How Watched Folder works
– How to configure the Watched Folder service
– Planning for performance and scalability
– Failure points and recovery
– Security, tips and tricks, and service-specific recommendations

Also updated for this release are the Configuring LiveCycle ES Application Server Clusters guides for both JBoss and WebSphere application servers.

Check out the resource site at for the latest guides. And don’t forget to read the Release Notes for those last minute updates.

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Using fragments in a form

Fragments is a feature in LiveCycle Designer ES that makes it easier to re-use pieces of a form. This video clip introduces you to fragments, their benefits, and demonstrates how to create them. Thanks to Lauren McGuire-Wood, our summer intern, for creating it!

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To learn more about fragments, go to the LiveCycle Designer ES Help and search for fragments.

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Correction for Workbench ES Help: Multiple instances synchronization

A user contacted me recently with a question about the “Multiple instances synchronization” process modeling example in the Workbench ES Help. I realized that a mistake in the process diagrams had caused the confusion (Sorry Lachlan, and thanks again for pointing it out).

The example shows how to converge a number of process branches or subprocesses that are executing independently. This scenario is useful if you want your main process to execute the same subprocess or branch multiple times, and then continue only after all of the instances of the subprocess are complete.

To converge the instances, each one throws an event that the main process receives. A loop is used to count the number of events that are received. The loop executes until the number of received events equals the number of instances that were executed.

The problem with the diagrams for the Multiple instances synchronization example is that they did not include the loop (my bad). Below are the diagrams with the loop included.

Gateway implementation (click to see larger image)
Events implementation (click to see larger image)

For more modeling examples, such as Multiple independent instances, see Process diagram modeling examples.

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