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April 4, 2012

What’s new in Adobe LiveCycle ES3 for Government

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Adobe LiveCycle ES3 was recently released and contains several new features that will appeal to customers in both federal and state & local government.  Full resource documentation for ES3 is available here. This post will focus on the new features that will be most interesting to government customers.

CRX – Content Repository Extreme

Adobe LiveCycle ES3 foundation now comes with a full implementation of the CRX.  A Java Content Repository (JCR) based on Apache’s Jackrabbit. (http://jackrabbit.apache.org/)  It implements the JSR 170 and JSR 283 specifications.  This is a great solution for storage for customers who don’t want to purchase or don’t already have an enterprise content management (ECM) solution in place.

There are also operations in the LiveCycle Workbench for reading from, writing to, and managing the documents in the CRX.

Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES3

There were several updates to the Adobe LiveCycle Designer that will make the lives of form designers much easier.  The first is the ability to create and apply styles to objects in forms in much the same manner that CSS is able to style HTML elements.

The next new feature is added support for bulleted, numbered, and nested lists in text objects.  This is an update that was requested time and time again, and has now made it into the product.  The final added feature is support for the right to left languages, Arabic and Hebrew, which is very helpful to specific government agencies.

Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management ES3

Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management has been a great tool for governments to protect personally identifiable information (PII) of the citizenry as well as classified documents.

There are numerous new features in Rights Management with the release of ES3. The Microsoft Office plugins now support Windows 64 bit systems and also include added support for Office 2010.  The login dialog to authenticate to documents is now customizable, including the ability to implement wizards for multi-step authentication.  Authentication was updated to allow for additional authentication instruments including single sign on through SAML and header-based SSO.

Another frequently requested feature was the ability to use DRM in custom applications.  With ES3, a portable protection library has been introduced which allows developers to work with the management of rights, as well as rights managed documents, into their application. Also, the event tracking capabilities have been expanded upon.

Correspondence Management

Any government agency sending out a lot of correspondence to constituents should really take a look at Correspondence Management.  There were some significant changes that occurred to Correspondence Management in ES3.  The entire UI of the system was updated to make them more user friendly and efficient.  Features like spell checking and keyboard entry allowing for better navigation were added. Support for bulleted, nested, and numbered lists were also added, as well as the ability to use tables.

The system was built around the CRX which greatly improved performance and made the auditing of assets easier as well.  The ability to make more intuitive templates was made possible by support for complex and inline conditionals in text modules.  Template assets were also updated to allow for more control through specific public or retire dates and the ability to retrieve templates that were active in the system on a specific date.

Overall the Correspondence Management solution had big improvements made that makes it even more attractive for agencies seeking to streamline and save money on their correspondence. For more information on Correspondence Management, head to http://www.adobe.com/products/livecycle/correspondence_management/.

Odd and Ends

While the above features fit into nice little categories, there were some features that don't, but that certainly bear mentioning and will be of interest to government customers.  First, the ECM Connectors were updated to support IBM FileNet 5 and support for Microsoft Sharepoint deployed in farms.  For archival purposes, document conversion now supports the PDF/A-2b standard. Finally, the PDF Generation Windows based OCR service now supports multiple threads and conversion of Office 2010 documents is now supported through the addition of Acrobat 10 support.

Overall, the Adobe LiveCycle ES3 release added lots of new features that should interest government customers to help them streamline their processes dealing with documents and their interaction with the citizenry.