Archive for November, 2008

Using DDX and the Assembler service to invoke other LiveCycle ES services

LiveCycle ES Update 1 introduced the ability to use DDX files and the Assembler service to invoke the following LiveCycle ES services:

  • Reader Extensions
  • Forms
  • Output
  • DocConverter
  • Generate PDF

Typically, these services would be invoked using a process (via LiveCycle Workbench ES) or custom client application (via the LiveCycle ES Java API or web services). Consider using the DDX file and Assembler instead to simplify your process diagram. Or maybe you’re a power DDX user but not so good with Java or another programming language needed to create web service clients.

Note: Information about all of the DDX elements that are discussed in this posting can be found in DDX Reference.

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Tips for maximizing Output service performance

Here are a few easy ways to improve performance when using the Output service with forms.

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How to exclude objects on a master page from the tabbing order sequence

When customizing the tabbing order sequence between objects on a form, you may sometimes want to exclude certain objects on the master page from the sequence, but without using the Protected option on the Value tab to do so.

You can do this by applying a setFocus method on the objects you want to exclude. The script excludes an object by changing the focus to the next object in the sequence. That is, when you tab to an object on which the setFocus script is applied, the script automatically executes and moves the focus to the next object.

For example if you have a Button object on the master page that is not protected, you can apply the following JavaScript on the onEnter method.

xfa.host.setFocus(this.parent.nextButtonInTabSq);

Keep in mind that the setFocus method configures the object to always jump to the scripted target; the object will no longer be included in the tabbing order displayed on the Tab Order palette.

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

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How to exclude objects on a master page from the tabbing order sequence

When customizing the tabbing order sequence between objects on a form, you may sometimes want to exclude certain objects on the master page from the sequence, but without using the Protected option on the Value tab to do so.

You can do this by applying a setFocus method on the objects you want to exclude. The script excludes an object by changing the focus to the next object in the sequence. That is, when you tab to an object on which the setFocus script is applied, the script automatically executes and moves the focus to the next object.

For example if you have a Button object on the master page that is not protected, you can apply the following JavaScript on the onEnter method.

xfa.host.setFocus(this.parent.nextButtonInTabSq);

Keep in mind that the setFocus method configures the object to always jump to the scripted target; the object will no longer be included in the tabbing order displayed on the Tab Order palette.

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

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Tech Notes: October 6, 2008 – November 7, 2008

Here is a list of Knowledge Base tech notes that the LiveCycle ES documentation team has published within the last month or so:

- Correction to Process Management Administration Help regarding customizing the content of notifications (kb407226)
- Running LiveCycle PDF Generator ES with an evaluation version of Acrobat Professional (kb407228)
- LiveCycle Rights Management ES 8.2 exception when older clients request policy updates (kb406577)
- LiveCycle Policy Server policy and license migration fails after upgrade to Rights Management ES (kb406469)
- Data loss if PDF size = the size of the LiveCycle ES setting: Default document max inline (kb405476)
- Date information not displayed correctly in form guides if Date/Time fields are displayed using a Text Input Mask (kb406125)

Other LiveCycle ES teams (like Adobe Support) also publish tech notes. You can search the Knowledge Base for a complete list of tech notes that were published within the last 30 days.

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