Some of the changes in LiveCycle are quite significant in this release. Notable features include:
Installation and Configuration
- consistent installation and configuration experience from a single installer.
- better support at detecting environment settings and automatic deployment of LiveCycle ES onto the app servers.
- Support of the latest app servers and databases.
- [New feature] Form Guide, a flash based wizard constructed with the same PDF template (xdp and pdf).
- [New Feature] Form Fragments, xdp concept that allows fragments to be reuse across different templates.
- Let me overwrite and update the generated MXML code. This will allow finer grained control over the user experience and look and feel of the UI.
- Guide preview currently generates the swf in a default location. Let me specify where to put this. Or better, place in a sub-folder from where the xdp/pdf template is.
- The preview in the guide builder doesn't open the PDF? It's pointing to a default PDF.
- I am quite excited about Form Fragments. In many of our large form projects, we could have used something exactly like this. Form fragments allows you to create, say a company header, or a mortgage calculator object and reuse across all forms. How is this different from a custom XFO? Well, when you insert an XFO, a static copy is inserted into your form. Any updates to the XFO will need to be updated in all form instances. This is not true for form fragments. Since XDP with form fragments contains a reference to the fragment, any updates to the fragment will be dynamically picked up by ALL form instances. This is a big win in terms of form maintainability.
LiveCycle ES Document Services
- LiveCycle Forms ES can generate a form guide from the XDP template
- Better and consistent Java API support across the board. Remote java calls now supported for Reader Extensions. We used to have to write a webservices wrapper for Reader Extensions.
- Better and consistent SOAP API support across the board.
- Eclipse based development environment for building your form, and processes.
- Drag and drop support to add files into the repository for consumption by the processes.
Process Management and Workflow
- additional invocation methods to all services supported by default, including watch folder, email, java, soap, and remoting (flash remoting).
- [New Feature] Workspace to replace LiveCycle Form Manager. Workspace is a Flex application that allows user to initiate and participate in processes.
There are alot of new and exciting features in LiveCycle ES that makes a lot of sense for developers who are currently on the 7.x platform, as well as new organizations that want to adopt LiveCycle into their business processes.