Archive for December, 2009

Quick Starts available for LiveCycle ES2!

Developing LiveCycle ES2 applications for LiveCycle ES2 or client-side applications are easier with Quick Starts. What are Quick Starts you ask? It depends…

  • If you are a developer using Workbench ES2 , Quick Starts are short narratives that demonstrate how to configure operations together to solve a use case Workbench ES2.
  • If you are a programmer, Quick Starts are code snippets that describe how to invoke a service operation programmatically using Java API, web services and LiveCycle ES2 remoting.

For instance, have you ever wondered how to create a process in Workbench ES2 to send the output from merging a form design with data to a network printer, or how to write Java code to encrypt a PDF file? If so, you’ll be happy to find out how by clicking here. In the future, we’ll be posting more Quick Starts for LiveCycle ES2 to this web page. Stay tuned!

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LiveCycle Designer ES2: Selecting multiple XDP files in Open dialog box may cause LiveCycle Designer ES2 to crash

If you select more than one XDP file in the Open dialog box, LiveCycle Designer ES2 may crash. Certain third party applications add capabilities to Windows Explorer, which carry through to the Open dialog box (and other file browsing dialog boxes) in LiveCycle Designer ES2. With some file extensions like XDP for example, the Open dialog may incorrectly handle multiple file selection and cause LiveCycle Designer ES2 to crash.

To correct this issue, it is recommended that you obtain and apply updates for the third party applications to enable multiple file selection, or to select and open only one XDP file at a time.

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Japanese versions of LiveCycle ES2 documentation released!

Just in time for some good weekend reading! The following help systems are now available in Japanese:

Happy reading!

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LiveCycle Designer ES2: Using Form Validation feature with static forms

When you use the Form Validation feature with a static PDF form to color mandatory fields that are not filled or fields that fail validation, Designer ES2 may change the appearance of the borders of validated fields. When you use the Form Validation feature with a static form that contains objects with borders, it is recommended that you select the Square Corners option on the Borders tab for each object with a border.

For more information on form validation, see Displaying validation errors in Adobe Acrobat.

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New LiveCycle ES2 Application Development Workflow

We recently published a useful tool that illustrates the LiveCycle ES2 application development process. The Application Development Workflow guides you through these phases of producing a LiveCycle ES2 solution:

  1. Plan
  2. Install
  3. Develop
  4. Deploy
  5. Maintain

Each phase includes a flowchart that provides links to information about how to accomplish the related tasks. This tool will shorten the time it takes you to learn the product, and to develop your solution.

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LiveCycle Mosaic ES2 Ships!

Alright, so we were so busy putting the finishing touches on the product that we forgot to post an announcement to this blog that LiveCycle Mosaic ES2 was available. Well it is, and just in time for the start of a new year, and a new decade.

Continue reading…

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Create LiveCycle ES2 services that return real-time web service data

Did you know that as a Java programmer, you can create LiveCycle ES2 services that return real-time web service data? That is right, you can create a business process that retrieves real-time web service data over the Internet by using a LiveCycle ES2 service that invokes external web services. For example, assume you want to create a business process for the National Weather Service, a branch of the United States government. You can create a LiveCycle ES2 service that can invoke an external web service and retrieve weather data.

Although you can communicate with a third party web service using the LiveCycle web service component available with Workbench ES2, you can create a custom component instead. Creating a custom component offers you additional flexibility. For example, you can develop the component to analyze real-time data and then create an XML schema to better reflect your business priorities.

Also when using the web service component in Workbench ES2, you have to create an XML SOAP request and handle a SOAP response. Some Workbench ES2 users may be unfamiliar with SOAP requests and responses. Instead, create a Java proxy library using JAW-WS or AXIS. Then all you have to do is call methods that retrieve the data from the third party web service. There is no need to create XML SOAP requests and handle SOAP responses. The Java proxy library can be used within a LiveCycle ES2 component.

After the component is deployed, Workbench ES2 users can then use operations by dragging operations onto a process map. They do not have to specify a WSDL endpoint, create XML SOAP requests or handle SOAP responses. It is the component that handles the SOAP requests and responses, not Workbench ES2 users. For details, check out the following article: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/livecycle/articles/extend_webservices.html.

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Tech Notes and More Tech Notes

The LiveCycle team has been busy writing! Here are the Knowledge Base tech notes that have been published in the past two months:

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