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What’s New for LiveCycle ES
This version of Adobe® LiveCycle® ES (Enterprise Suite) Update 1 (8.2) introduces many new features that
improve the way you create and deploy customer engagement applications.
LiveCycle ES is comprised of a single installer, a foundation layer, and a series of solution components. The
single installer allows you to installation of multiple solution components based on your product license
key. All of the solution components are deployed on a common architecture layer that is commonly
known as Adobe LiveCycle Foundation.
This document outlines the new features that are introduced in this release of LiveCycle ES in general and
in each of its solution components:
Key new features in LiveCycle ES
Enhanced development tools
Additional solution components
Enhanced platform certification
What’s new in LiveCycle Workbench ES
What’s new in LiveCycle Foundation
What’s new in LiveCycle Process Management ES
What’s new in LiveCycle Forms ES
What’s new in LiveCycle Output ES
What’s new in LiveCycle Data Services ES
What’s new in LiveCycle PDF Generator ES
What’s new in LiveCycle ES Connectors for ECM
LiveCycle Content Services ES
What’s new in LiveCycle Rights Management ES
What’s new in LiveCycle Digital Signatures ES
What’s new in LiveCycle Reader Extensions ES
LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES solution component
What’s new in shared LiveCycle ES services
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Key new features in LiveCycle ES
LiveCycle ES 8.2 builds upon the initial LiveCycle ES 8.0.x product and provides additional capabilities that
makes customer engagement applications simpler to develop and deploy. This version of LiveCycle ES
focuses on three main areas:
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Enhanced development tools
Updates to Adobe LiveCycle Workbench ES to enhance the productivity of a developers. Improved
functionality includes new capabilities such as record and playback, process validation, and
enhancements to process perspectives and property sheets for key services.
Additional solution components
LiveCycle ES now provides the following additional solution components that extend the support for
content-centric use cases:
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Adobe LiveCycle ES Connector for IBM® Content Manager
LiveCycle Content Services ES
LiveCycle Content Services ES is a fully integrated set of content services that range from a scalable
enterprise content repository to social collaboration tools such as wikis and blogs. This new solution
component offers content management capabilities that extend the LiveCycle ES platform by enabling
customers to rapidly build content-driven and content-intensive customer engagement applications with
a low total cost of ownership (TCO).
LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES
LiveCycle ES expands its coverage for content generation through LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES, which
allows template-based batch conversion of CAD files to PDF files.
LiveCycle ES Connector for IBM Content Manager
LiveCycle ES now provides extended coverage of connectors to include IBM Content Manager so that
customers can leverage their existing content management investments and store content that is created
using LiveCycle ES.
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Enhanced platform certification
LiveCycle ES now includes the following enhanced functionality:
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Additional support for new versions of Adobe clients, including Adobe Reader® 9, Adobe Acrobat® 9,
Adobe Flex® 3, and Adobe AIR™. LiveCycle ES includes enhanced support for documents that are
created using LiveCycle ES and that are processed using Adobe Reader 7.0 and later.
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Expanded options for the turnkey installation. In addition to the turnkey installation for Red Hat®
JBoss® Application Server that is provided with LiveCycle ES, this version includes a turnkey installation
for BEA WebLogic Server®.
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Single sign-on (SSO) for Microsoft® Windows® lets users navigate to LiveCycle Workspace ES without
having to authenticate, and 508 compliance lets users with disabilities use Workspace ES through
screen readers such as JAWS.
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Safari browser and Sharepoint support for Workspace ES. Workspace ES viewable through the Safari
browser or integrated as a portlet within a SharePoint portal.
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Expanded platform support.
Additional support for Adobe clients
LiveCycle ES now adds direct support for the new versions of Adobe technologies. Your applications can
seamlessly interact with Adobe Reader 7, 8.x, and 9 without requiring modifications and, if you want to
take advantage of the latest features of a specific Adobe Reader version, you can tune your application to
do so. In addition to supporting the latest versions of Adobe Reader, LiveCycle ES also supports Flex 3 and
Adobe AIR.
Expanded installation and upgrade options
In addition to the turnkey installation for JBoss Application Server that was provided with
LiveCycle ES 8.0.x, LiveCycle ES 8.2 provides a turnkey installation for WebLogic Server. This WebLogic
installation automatically installs and configures WebLogic Server.
Adobe LiveCycle Configuration Manager also contains many updates, including the ability to configure an
IBM WebSphere® Application Server and WebLogic Server cluster for a LiveCycle ES deployment.
A new command line mode for LiveCycle Configuration Manager allows you to run LiveCycle
Configuration Manager in an automated console-based mode. To build the configurations for this, you can
use either LiveCycle Configuration Manager in GUI mode once or edit the samples provided with
LiveCycle ES.
For existing LiveCycle ES 8.0.x customers, LiveCycle ES 8.2 also provides enhancements to improve the
upgrade experience. Complete upgrade instructions are provided for upgrading from LiveCycle 7.x and
LiveCycle ES 8.0.x to LiveCycle ES 8.2.
Expanded platform support
LiveCycle ES now supports additional versions of operating systems, application servers, and databases
including these:
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64-bit JVM/OS
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Red Hat JBoss 4.2
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IBM DB2® 9.1
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MySQL 5
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JBoss, Sun™ Solaris™, Oracle® combination
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What’s new in LiveCycle Workbench ES
LiveCycle Workbench ES is a unified, Eclipse-based development tool used for building application assets
such as PDF forms, form guides, processes, output templates, components, and Flex applications. New
features to enhance the productivity in the development of process and form design include the
enhancements listed in the sections that follow.
Process Design enhancements
These new features are included in Workbench ES 8.2:
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Process record and playback
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Process validation
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Modeling elements
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Viewing relationships between assets
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Visual scale and update
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Improved archived file creation
Process record and playback
Using the new process record and playback feature in Workbench ES, you can examine and troubleshoot
exactly what is happening after a process executes.
With process record and playback, you can turn recording on for a particular process and then, as you run
the process, the steps in that process are recorded. From the playback perspective, you can view the
results. When you open the playback perspective, you immediately have a visual representation of the
process with the routing followed highlighted in green. You can then step forward and back through the
process steps. As you move through each step of the process, the Variables view shows you which process
data has changed. When the value of a variable changes, it is highlighted in green. You can also see the
value of each variable at that point in the process.
For documents and forms, you can open the document to view its state at that point in the process. You
can also see the value of XML and other complex variables. When an error is returned, the step is
highlighted in red.
You can go back and view past recordings as the recorded data is stored on the server. The record and
playback feature can also be disabled at the server level, allowing more security and performance
enhancements in a production environment.
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Process validation
Using the new process validation feature, you can troubleshoot problems with your process earlier in the
development cycle. You can now right-click a process and validate it as you develop your process to see
error messages.
This Validation Report view displays problems with the process design. For example, if the process is
missing a start step, this is highlighted in the validation report view. A simple double-click on the entry in
the report view takes you directly to the problem area to address the issue. Additional documentation is
available from within the report for each of the messages.
Modeling elements
Workbench ES now provides an easy way to add modeling elements by allowing you to select basic types
of elements to add to your process. The new toolbar contains abstract elements that allow you to quickly
draw basic process steps and a flow in the early stages of the process development. Later, you can specify
the actual service operations or event types for each element. For example, when you drag the Activity
element to your process, you are prompted for more details.
You can add the details when prompted or define and activity element for the step later, in which case, a
generic activity will be created. By defining the service later, you can sketch the high-level flow first and
return to add more detailed definitions later.
The services are also categorized and descriptions are provided in the dialog box.
Viewing relationships between assets
The relationship viewer allows you to manage assets, such as fragments, schemas, forms, and images.
Relationships displays a list of all of the files that reference that form, fragment, or image. This view
provides details such as when the resource was last changed, who originally created it, and who changed
it last.
Before you modify or delete a resource (for example, an image), you can quickly check if it is referenced by
other resources, such as different forms or fragments.
Visual scale and update
Workbench ES now includes improvements to the visual layout of a process diagram. Enhancements
provide visual improvements as well as the ability to fit more content on process design space. This
reduces the need for scrolling and searching.
Improved archived file creation
The import and export features make it easier to move LiveCycle ES resources from one system to another.
You can export multiple processes and assets and include endpoint and service configurations in the
archived file. An archived file can also only contain assets. The new wizard guides you through the process
of creating an archive.
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Form Design enhancements
These new features and enhancements are included in Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES 8.2, which is
delivered as part of Workbench ES:
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Typographical controls
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Hyphenation
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Hyperlinks
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Tab order authoring
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Line-breaking control in dynamic documents
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Web service authentication
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Import filters
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Guide Builder enhancements
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Accessibility for form guides at run time
Typographical controls
Designer ES now supports more advanced typographical controls on form text and data. These controls
allow forms and documents to more closely mirror documents that are created by using a variety of
desktop publishing tools and provides a more aesthetically pleasing look.
Pair kerning: Automatically reduces the space between certain character pairs in proportional fonts.
Horizontal and vertical scaling: Allows text to be stretched or compressed in either direction without
changing the font size.
Letter spacing: Allows for the uniform adjustment of space between characters in text. Leadering
provides visual cues to associate text objects with other objects, such as is common in a table of
contents.
Hyphenation
Designer ES can now automatically hyphenate form text. You can specify hyphenation rules for the
formatting of data when merged with templates on the server or in form fields in Adobe Reader 9.
Hyperlinks
In this version of Designer ES, you can now create and apply a hyperlink to text within a form or document
that points to an HTTP address or mailto. Adobe Reader 9 supports the creation of hyperlinks within data.
Tab order authoring
The tab order user interface is completely new and allows for easier authoring and maintenance of form
tab orders.
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Line breaking control in dynamic documents
Designer ES now provides additional control over page breaking behaviors on dynamic documents and
forms. You can design text objects to break across pages and adjust page breaking to prevent widowed
and orphaned lines of text, and keep adjacent objects such as titles and paragraph together. You can also
control these behaviors through XHTML mark-ups in form data.
Web service authentication
When Designer ES, Adobe Reader 9, or the Forms and Output services connect to a web service, that
connection can be authenticated through user names and passwords, digests, or certificates at the
transport level or through user names and passwords at the SOAP message level.
Import filters
The import filters are improved to support the Word 2008.DOCX format and to convert prebuilt scripts in
Acrobat forms.
Guide Builder enhancements
Designer ES provides new features that improve productivity when creating and maintaining form guide
applications.
Preview
Guide Builder now provides a number of features to improve the productivity when creating form guide
applications. As you create your form guide, the panel preview shows you, in real time, what the panel you
are developing will look like. A faster, full form guide preview and display of the PDF view of the form,
using Flex component technology, lets you quickly see and adjust your form guide designs.
Authoring
Guide Builder now provides updated layouts and panels with improved control, navigation, help, and
richness, such as charting.
Accessibility for form guides at run time
Maintaining your form guides is now improved with easier updating of bound objects, overall accessibility,
and keyboard access.
What’s new in LiveCycle Foundation
LiveCycle Foundation now provides a common architectural foundation that enables a solution
component to participate in processes. LiveCycle Foundation provides a common invocation mechanism
that ensures consistent access to components, services, and processes through a Java™ API, web services,
watched folders, Remoting Service, and email. It also provides a consistent set of public APIs and SPIs.
Strongly-typed Java libraries are also consistent regardless of the transport protocol used (RMI or SOAP).
LiveCycle ES includes these enhancements:
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Scripted deployment
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Process archive and deletion
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User Management enhancements
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Scripted deployment
Scripted deployment lets you automate the deployment of applications from a development environment
to a staging or production environment.
The contents of a LiveCycle ES archive file are extended to include service configurations, endpoint
information, and security profiles. A set of sample scripts are available for you to use as a starting point
when modifying environmental parameters such as port numbers and host names that differ from one
environment to another.
Process archive and deletion
LiveCycle ES now provides a set of APIs and sample scripts so that administrators can delete completed
processes, including the ability to define queries (for example, to delete all purchase order processes with
a value under $10,000 that were completed more than six months ago). This allows you to better manage
the process data and audit information within the database.
Hot backup capability
LiveCycle ES is designed to be deployed in a mission-critical environment where appropriate disaster
recovery procedures are in place. To help ensure recovery from failure, LiveCycle ES now provides the
ability to back up the LiveCycle ES system while it is running. This allows maintenance of longer uptimes,
while at the same time minimizing data loss in the event of a catastrophe.
User Management enhancements
LiveCycle ES now contains a number of major enhancements to User Manager. The key feature is single
sign-on (SSO), which enable customers to log in using the Microsoft Windows authentication mechanism
without needing to authenticate with any out-of-box LiveCycle ES user interfaces such as Workspace ES or
LiveCycle Administration Console. SSO extends to PDF forms rendered within Adobe Reader that leverage
web services for prepopulation, look-ups, and data submission. In these cases, the authentication token is
leveraged to authenticate the web service call. The same pattern is also applied to applications that are
built using Flex and remoting to call LiveCycle ES services. In addition to SSO, better support is available for
common LDAP servers and the ability to push users for synchronization.
JMX support
To enable system administrators to fine-tune their environment and view availability through tools such as
HP OpenView or IBM Tivoli, LiveCycle ES also adds the ability to view system level metrics, such as the
number of invocations per second through the JMX standard.
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IPv6 support
LiveCycle ES now provides support for Internet Protocol version v6 (IPv6), the successor to the current
Internet protocol version that is in general use on the Internet.
What’s new in LiveCycle Process Management ES
Adobe LiveCycle Process Management ES 8.2 includes the following improved functionality:
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Ability to define business calendars and have processes escalate based on definitions
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Improved email handling, including the ability to define email templates on a per-task basis
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New Out-of-Office support feature, which supports task delegation when a user is out of the office
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Ability to initiate a new process from a previously archived form
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New platform certifications
Business calendars
Tasks within business processes are usually created with a predefined time for completion, reminders, and
escalation rules. For example, a task has to be completed within five business days and, if escalated to a
manager, the manager needs to complete the task within two business days. Administrators can now
create business calendars, configure non-working days, and map these calendars to specific people based
on their location, business unit, and so on. When tasks are scheduled, these non-working dates are taken
into account. You can configure multiple business calendars to meet your organizational needs (for
example, you can configure calendars based on a geographic area or for an organizational structure such
as Customer Support.
Email notifications
Email notifications are a common mechanism for notifying users that a task is assigned, escalated, or needs
to be completed. In LiveCycle ES, the email notifications can be modified on a per-task basis, enabling
more contextual content and flexibility.
Out of office
A common problem occurs when tasks are assigned to users who are out of the office due to business
travel or vacation. In LiveCycle ES, users can leverage Workspace ES to define when they are out of the
office and assign tasks to be either delegated to another person or remain in their task list.
Initiate from archive
Users sometimes use the same information to initiate processes.Workspace ES makes this easier by adding
an option to allow users to invoke new processes from a previously archived forms.
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What’s new in LiveCycle Forms ES
Adobe LiveCycle Forms ES includes the following new features:
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Ability to swap a cascading style sheet (CSS) for generated HTML forms for improved portal integration
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Event-based cache invalidation
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Form guide enhancements
Swap a CSS for generated HTML forms
LiveCycle ES now provides the ability to swap the CSS for the generated HTML form so that it can be
controlled by the portal server. This feature also facilitates the accessibility for HTML forms when you want
to emphasize particular styles that are more compliant to accessibility guidelines. Developers now have
control of the form and field styles.
Event-based caching invalidation
With event-based caching invalidation, you can better control how the caching is managed for forms. For
example, when only particular fragments are updated, you can have the server wipe only the affected
forms that use that fragment rather than wipe the entire cache as LiveCycle ES.
What’s new in LiveCycle Output ES
Adobe LiveCycle Output ES includes these enhancements:
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New network printing options
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Device profile (XDC) editor now fully integrated into Workbench ES
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New Adobe Postscript® 3 and ZPL 600-dpi basic XDC support
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New cache method based on a checkpoint date
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Updated Output IVS to support more complex test cases
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New PDF to PDF/A conversion service called DocConverter (see “DocConverter service” on page 24)
Network printing options
LiveCycle Output ES has three new methods for submitting formatted documents to network printers:
Direct IP-based printing: Allows print jobs to be submitted directly to a network printer based on its
IP address.
Common Unix Printing System (CUPS): The default print-queuing system for Linux® systems; also
available on Sun Solaris.
Common Internet File Systems (CIFS): Allows access to shared printers across Windows and
UNIX/Linux networks.
Device profile (XDC) editor integrated into LiveCycle Workbench ES
The device profile editor is now installed in Workbench ES, and you can edit and create XDC files in the
repository and on a file system.
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Adobe Postscript 3 and ZPL 600-dpi basic XDC support
Output ES now provides extended support to the basic device profile support for Zebra label printers to
include the 600-dpi format. Also included is support for specific device profiles for PostScript 2 and
Postscript 3 to better target PostScript print devices.
Cache method based on a checkpoint date
Output ES introduces a new manual caching scheme. The new manual cache mode is based on a
checkpoint date/time and provides improved performance over the previous manual mode when
introducing updated assets. Only updated assets will be reloaded into the cache.
Updated Output IVS to support more complex test cases
With the enhancements to the Output IVS, you can better test your templates and data sets. With this
version of Output ES, more output options are available, including the new network printing options. You
can now convert PDF files to PDF documents and measure the transaction performance.
What’s new in LiveCycle Data Services ES
In LiveCycle ES, LiveCycle Data Services ES provides a number of key enhancements to improve the
performance and scalability of Flex and Adobe AIR applications:
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Performance metrics
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LiveCycle Administration Console improvements for monitoring run-time behavior
Data management
The area of data management has three key features; paging improvements, offline improvements, and
improved subtype support.
Paging improvements
With this version of Data Services ES, you can very efficiently do on-demand paging directly to the
database while keeping the clients up to date with the latest changes. Additionally, changes are only
pushed for pages that they are currently viewing. If you have a large and rapidly changing data set, your
clients can receive the most up-to-date view of their data with the lowest operational overhead on both
client and server. Using the new APIs on the client, you can release data as the user scrolls through the data
set and the message is communicated to the server so that you continue to receive changes only for the
data that is currently displayed to the user.
You also can enable this advanced paging feature on association properties. This feature dramatically
helps you manage complex object models that have deep and large collections of other objects. You can
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display an overview of data and keep large collection properties on the server until the client requests
them.
The client fetches them one at a time. Updates to these properties are also sent incrementally. Adding a
record to a collection involves sending only the new record, new location, and ID of the record to the
server. The Assembler service is notified of the incremental change so that it can easily incrementally apply
this change to the database.
Offline Improvements
Using the SQL database contained in the Adobe AIR run-time, we use the offline support that was
introduced in the previous version of Data Services ES to persist data directly to a SQL database. With very
little additional code, you can use an application written to use data management offline with complete
access to any data and queries that you executed online by simply specifying a cache ID and either using
the auto-save option or explicitly saving queries or items that you want to persist offline for retrieval later.
Improved subtype support
With this version of Data Services ES, data management supports object models where associations are
added in a subtype. You can define a destination for each class that parallels the object hierarchy by using
a new extends attribute. A subclass can add additional associations.
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) services
RPC services offers several new features and enhancements.
Customizable client/server object serialization: This feature lets you define a proxy class for a given
class or instance of an object that you are serializing to or from a Flex client that controls how that class or
instance is serialized or deserialized into Java. You can substitute a different instance, transmit properties
from non-public fields or read-only properties, exclude properties from serialization, or dynamically
control the ActionScript class instantiated for a given instance of a Java class.
Streaming HTTP channel: A new channel implementation that uses a single persistent HTTP connection
to stream data from a server to client with less latency. This approach uses the streaming post method to
complement the long polling approach added for real-time HTTP messaging in the previous version of
Data Services ES.
Both of these channel implementations use the application server's standard request handling logic,
making it easy to deploy them behind firewalls. However, these implementations are not as scalable as the
RTMP and HTTP NIO channels in Data Services ES as they dedicate a thread for each real-time connection.
Improved RTMP Performance and Scalability: Supports more concurrent users on the same server
infrastructure.
Java 1.5 enumeration support: Enumerated types are serialized to string values in ActionScript by
default.
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Messaging enhancements
Messaging includes these enhancements:
Smaller message envelope: You now can use an option to enable on all Action Message Format (AMF)
channels. This reduces the bandwidth that is required for the message wrapper used in all
Data Services ES messages.
Improved JMS Support: JMS adapter has a number of improvements. You can define consumers by using
Java code. Your Java code is called when a message arrives and you can use the ActionScript message
adapter to deliver that message to Flex clients. This allows the use of subtopics and a more efficient way to
publish one JMS message to large numbers of Flex clients.
Improved integration with LiveCycle Foundation
You can now define data management data sources with components (the mechanism you use to write
new components within LiveCycle ES). This capability allows you to take advantage of the auto sync
feature of data management or push changes to clients in real time.
Components are also available that enable you to manipulate managed data sources as part of a process.
LiveCycle ES also supports SSO for LiveCycle ES Remoting applications and can support LiveCycle ES
services that use the enumerated data type.
Performance metrics
With this version of Data Services ES, you can easily monitor message counts, latency, and the bandwidth
usage of your application.
Improved LiveCycle Administration Console
You now can use a separate web application that you install into the Data Services ES server to monitor the
run-time behavior of the server in real time. You can monitor the number of clients that are connected, the
traffic over each channel, which destinations are enabled, and configure and control logging without
restarting the server.
What’s new in LiveCycle PDF Generator ES
Adobe LiveCycle PDF Generator ES includes these enhancements:
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Acrobat conversion of HTML to PDF and Image to PDF
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Client print driver installation
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New PDF to PDF/A conversion service called DocConverter (see “DocConverter service” on page 24)
Option to use Acrobat to convert HTML to PDF and Image to PDF
A toggle is now provided on the configuration page for the Generate PDF service that enables Acrobat to
convert the HTML and Image file types to PDF. In the Administration Console, you can click Services >
Applications and Services > Service Management, and then click GeneratePDFService.
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Client print driver installation
This version of LiveCycle ES provides a print driver that prints to the Generate PDF service. This print driver
is installed like any other print driver on the desktop; it is installed through Windows Start menu > Control
Panel > Printers and Faxes. Simply point to the URL address that PDF Generator ES is hosted on and install
the driver. Then, from any application on the desktop, users can take advantage of the centralized PDF
generation that PDF Generator ES provides.
What’s new in LiveCycle ES Connectors for ECM
Adobe LiveCycle ES Connectors for ECM includes these features:
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A new ECM connector known as LiveCycle ES Connector for IBM Content Manager
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Support expanded for ECM platforms
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New operations in the Process Engine Connector service for IBM FileNet
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New service operations for dynamic folder creation in ECM
Connector for IBM Content Manager
In this release, LiveCycle ES Connectors for ECM expand coverage to include IBM Content Manager. The
new Connector for IBM Content Manager provides service operations for creating and updating content
items, locating items by their attributes, retrieving documents and their attributes, and establishing and
navigating item relationship.
Support expanded for ECM platforms
In addition to the ECM platforms that are supported in LiveCycle ES 8.0.x, LiveCycle ES 8.2 supports these
platforms:
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EMC Documentum 5.3 and D6
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IBM FileNet P8 3.5.x and 4.x
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IBM Content Manager 8.3
New operations in the Process Engine Connector service for IBM FileNet
A set of service operations are available as part of the new Process Engine Connector service for IBM
FileNet. These operations allow customers to visually link LiveCycle process variables with the FileNet
workflow parameters.
New service operations for dynamic folder creation in ECM
Connectors for ECM now allow developers to create an ECM folder tree dynamically, based on the content
and data that is driven by LiveCycle ES applications.
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LiveCycle Content Services ES
LiveCycle Content Services ES is a new solution component for this version of LiveCycle ES. The solution
component brings content management capabilities to LiveCycle ES. These features are included:
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Process automation
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Information protection
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Document output
Content Services ES also includes an Office plug-in for easy access to content from within Microsoft Office.
The office plug-in lets you open, save, and edit documents stored in Contentspace ES from MS Word, Excel,
and Power Point. You can also use the plug-in to browse content spaces and documents, view document
details, launch workflows, view tasks, and search for and check out documents. The plug-in is available for
downloading from Contentspace ES at Company Home > LiveCycle ES Client Plugins > Content Services
Plugins.
Process automation
Content Services ES can leverage LiveCycle ES for business events by invoking processes based on content
events, such as adding new documents to the repository. Or, a process can wait for content events to
occur, such as a completed document review.
Users can perform the following tasks using Content Services ES:
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Attach files, such as reports to a form, and submit the form. After the form is submitted, both the data
and the attachments are saved, and can be opened and viewed in the same form layout.
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Access different form applications or content types in the same portal.
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Search and browse by association between processes and documents, and by process and document
attributes.
Process initiation
Developers can invoke processes from Contentspace ES and leverage Workspace ES to review and
approve content.
Form rendering
Developers can set up the following rendering tasks:
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Prepopulate forms by using content or metadata
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Render forms with attachments from Content Services ES
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Update forms with a new version of assets referenced during run time
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Keep form template versions consistent during the life cycle of the process
Data storage
Content Services ES stores metadata in a database and content in a file system. Using a database
immediately brings in the benefits of databases such as transaction support, scaling, and administration
capabilities. Content is stored in the file system to allow for large content, random access, streaming, and
options for different storage devices.
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Archiving
Administrators can archive content from completed processes in Content Services ES. For example, an
administrator can create a final package of documents that leverage the Assembler service or store
multiple documents in the repository. In another scenario, a mortgage application is approved, and the
final record is archived in PDF/A format and placed in a records management system with a proper archive
policy.
Information protection
Content Services ES can leverage Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management ES to automatically apply policies
to content that is stored in the repository. Using Rights Management ES, organizations can protect PDF
documents. The policies are applied transparently to content when users retrieve content from the
repository and save it on the local file system, send content by email to someone who is external to the
organization, or place content on devices such as USB keys.
Document output
Content Services ES has prebuilt actions that let developers automatically convert documents to other
formats (for example, from Word to PDF).
Additionally, developers can configure actions to start short-lived processes for assembling a set of
documents within a shared space into a package, generating PDF files from three-dimensional content, or
converting content to PDF/A format for archiving.
What’s new in LiveCycle Rights Management ES
LiveCycle Rights Management ES includes these features:
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Expanded native file support for Microsoft Office documents, video protection, and extended
manufacturing/CAD integration
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Improved authentication, directory services integration
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Additional usability enhancements
Expanded native file support
Additional support of Microsoft Office documents
In LiveCycle ES, AdobeLiveCycle Rights Management ES Extension for Microsoft Office extends upon the
existing English-only Word and Excel 2003 integrations. Now available is the functionality to protect native
PowerPoint presentations so that people can distribute confidential presentations and ensure that
information in presentations is not leaked to unauthorized users. Usage is carefully audited, and persistent
version control is now possible with presentations. Support is also extended to the newer Office 2008
release. This release of the LiveCycle ES also provides English, French, German, and Japanese localizations
of the product so that non-English speaking customers can increase the level of security in their native file
format collaboration.
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New video protection
With this release, you can now use Adobe Media Player to view FLV files that are created using Adobe
Flash® technology and that are protected by the new Adobe Flash Media Rights Management Server
product that is based on the Rights Management ES 8.2. Now, you can restrict corporate training videos to
only their intended recipients and provide new video workflows and monetization possibilities based on
the same set of SDKs and APIs that are available through Rights Management ES.
Support for PTC Pro/Engineer Wildfire 4
The PTC Pro/Engineer WildFire 4 product, includes direct protection of their native CAD documents. By
using Pro/E along with this version of Rights Management ES, customers can distribute product
manufacturing instructions and CAD materials with the same level of protection and value proposition in
securing PDF files with Acrobat 9 and Rights Management ES. This partnership release enables secure
collaboration and versioning during the product design phase and simplifies collaboration with external
parties during a bidding, Request for Quotation (RFQ), or manufacturing phase.
Improved authentication, directory services integration
LiveCycle ES includes a number of improvements to the core rights management solution architecture.
Using clients such as Acrobat and Adobe Reader 9, customers can cache credentials, minimizing the need
to enter a user name and password upon opening numerous protected documents.
This release also includes improved LDAP integration with various vendors, which provide support for Sun
One Virtual List View (VLV), Tivoli dynamic groups, and Active Directory referrals.
With the new concept called Hybrid Domains, you can develop custom integrations with large user
repositories by pushing in updates on demand for user account information while continuing to
authenticate and verify credentials with a repository outside of LiveCycle ES.
Together with Acrobat 9, customers can increase the encryption level from the FIPS-certified
industry-standard AES-128 to the AES-256 level preferred by several governmental agencies.
Additional usability enhancements
This release of LiveCycle ES has significant incremental improvements to how administrators and end
users interact with the system.
Single sign-on: Administrators who switch between the administrator and end-user web pages in
LiveCycle Administration Console to create and manage personal polices no longer need to log in
multiple times.
Web UI authentication: Web UI authentication can use Kerberos or Netegrity SiteMinder control for
managing access to the administrator and end-user web pages. Customers who deployed Microsoft
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Active Directory internally or are using SiteMinder do not need to enter their user name or password
when they open these web pages to create policies, manage documents, or view audit information.
Administrators can create personal MyPolicy policies: This version of the product loosens the
restriction that prevented administrators from gaining access to creating their own personal policies in
the Admin UI.
Customize “Denied Access Message”: You can now create customized messages on a per-policy
basis to better inform users about the document and next steps.
Better authentication information for administrators: Administrators who try to help end users
determine why they are receiving authentication failure messages can look at additional secure
information to find out why a failure occurred.
What’s new in LiveCycle Digital Signatures ES
Four major improvements have been made to LiveCycle Digital Signatures ES:
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Server side signing with user held keys
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Dynamically controlled signature field attributes
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Fine grained control over signature process definition using Workbench ES
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Acrobat 9 Compatibility
Servers-side signing with user-held keys
With this version, you can develop a web front end (RIA) to the signing experience. You can select one or
more statements to approve (or sign) a document and involve the server to prepare the document hash,
which is sent to the client (user computer). Users place their signature by using their private key (digital ID
that they continue to possess).
Added benefits include these:
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Server-side auditability is possible
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Strong proven crypto capabilities from a reliable vendor
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Integration with process management and document workflows bringing a human element of
approval into the server-based workflows
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Appeals to the risk-management professionals who write off server-side signing as only for processes
Dynamic control
LiveCycle ES allows you to design forms such that you can control the signature properties dynamically on
the client for fields that have already been rendered. In addition, you can add new fields and additional
control.
Fine-grained control over signature process definitions
This design-time control is available to process designers. This version of Digital Signatures ES enhances
the property sheet to fine-tune several details of the sign or verify process. These include detailed PKI
aspects of revocation configuration, timestamps, and embedding revocation information.
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Acrobat 9 compatibility
New in this version is the ability to process JavaScript scripts that affect locked fields as a post-signing
activity. The signature validation status is appropriately changed if the JavaScript affects these fields.
What’s new in LiveCycle Reader Extensions ES
These enhancements are included in LiveCycle Reader Extensions ES 8.2:
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Support for unlimited credentials
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Evaluation default messages
Support for unlimited credentials
Large scale enterprise purchases of Reader Extensions ES can now get a credential that does not count the
number of documents that are rights-extended.
Evaluation default messages
Reader Extensions ES now makes the evaluation process clearer. This is achieved on the server by placing
the intended use string in the credential in the opening default message in the Reader Extensions ES user
interface. Now, all evaluation users will receive the appropriate message, but the message still can be
overridden by the user. Also, Adobe Reader 9 provides better error messages when a credential expires.
LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES solution component
LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES is a new solution component for this version of LiveCycle ES. This solution
component provides the capability to convert 3D documents. These features are included:
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Superset of LiveCycle PDF Generator ES
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Includes Adobe Acrobat Professional Extended
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New 3D specific administrative screens, Job Option files, file settings, and so on
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Support for CATIA and U3G
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Support for mechanical assemblies
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Master file with assemblies of parts
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Submission of a folder with an XML description and all of the parts
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Supported on Windows only
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New PDF to PDF/A conversion service called DocConverter (see “DocConverter service” on page 24)
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What’s new in shared LiveCycle ES services
Assembler service
These enhancements and changes apply to Forms ES, Output ES, and PDF Generator ES:
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Bates numbering
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508 accessibility for headers, footers, and watermarks
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Ability to use process variables within DDX
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Ability to call an external URI from within a DDX script
Bates numbering
Bates numbering is a feature primarily used in legal discovery proceedings. When documents are entered
into evidence, each page is stamped sequentially with a unique identifier for the case. Pages can then be
referred to precisely during the proceedings.
508 accessibility for headers, footers and watermarks
Headers, footers, and watermarks are now tagged using Document Description XML (DDX) for
accessibility, allowing all pertinent information in the document to be available as required.
Use of process variables within DDX
DDX is a powerful scripting language that is used to generate assemblage of documents. When used in a
process through Workbench ES, DDX can, at times, now access the process variables that the process uses.
These variables can be called by name instead of referenced through a process map or variable list and will
be a large time-saver for business analysts.
Call an external URI from within a DDX script
This feature provides the ability to call a Universal Resource Identifier (URI) from within the DDX. The
Assembler service can now call out for data or call another service to process a document. This allows for
simplified process diagrams in Workbench ES. For example, in LiveCycle ES 8.0, a process may have had to
branch one way if a document had one signature and another way if it had two signatures. With
LiveCycle ES 8.0, this branch can be managed through a single call to the Assembler service to determine
the number of signatures and the call to the appropriate service to support those signatures.
Convert PDF service
These enhancements and changes apply to PDF Generator ES and Output ES:
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Convert PDF documents to image formats including TIFF, PNG, PSD, GIF and more
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Convert PDF documents to PostScript
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Convert to Image
This release provides:
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A new API for resolution and size of image
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Default used to be the size and resolution of the PDF page getting converted. With the new API, the
library itself will scale to the correct size and resolution as specified by the call.
Convert to PostScript
The To PostScript service needed to be able to take advantage of the more sophisticated printers that are
available today. The enhanced API allows all of the controls that a driver can manage without the use of a
Postscript Printer Definition (PPD) file. New controls are available for the page size (both custom and
standard), number of copies, and pages ranges. The orientation of the pages is implied from the size
instead of an explicit landscape versus portrait parameter. Support for using a set of known printer marks,
color bars, and registration marks is also included. For details about how to use these APIs in order to have
greater control over the printing process, see Programming with LiveCycle ES.
Encryption service
The Encryption service can now decrypt documents that are encrypted with AES 256 or AES256 crypto.
This applies on to Acrobat 9 compatible docs.
DocConverter service
The new DocConverter service converts documents to PDF/A:
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Transforms PDF forms, XML forms (created in Designer ES), and PDF forms created in Acrobat to
PDF/A-1B
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Converts signed or unsigned PDF documents (Digital Signatures ES required)
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Validates the compliance of a PDF/A file and converts it if necessary
The DocConverter service is supported on all standard LiveCycle ES platforms and does not require calls to
Acrobat to convert or report on compliance.
You must have Output ES to use the DocConverter service with XML forms created in Designer ES.
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