Adobe
     LiveCycle

     Charles Bihis
     September 7th, 2006




                                                    ...
About Me

      Charles Bihis
     “Software Developer Intern” with Enterprise and Developer Relations Group @ Adobe
  Sys...
Agenda

      Overview of the technology
              Broad overview the LiveCycle suite


      Individual LiveCycle com...
LiveCycle 101

      Enterprise software designed for document services and workflows
      Combines the familiar Adobe Re...
How Can I Run LiveCycle

      Supported Web Application Servers
              WebSphere, JBoss & WebLogic

      Supporte...
LiveCycle Products

      LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products
              LiveCycle Designer
         ...
LiveCycle Products

      LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products
              LiveCycle Designer
         ...
LiveCycle Designer

      Graphical interface for the design, creation, and maintenance of forms
      Forms created are X...
Practical Example

      Imagine that you are a mortgage broker
      People must fill out forms to launch some internal p...
LiveCycle Products

      LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products
              LiveCycle Designer
         ...
LiveCycle Forms

      Use Forms APIs to...
              Pre-populate fields
              Extract data from XFA-based fo...
Practical Example

      Create forms using LiveCycle Designer
      Use LiveCycle Forms to render the forms as HTML or PD...
LiveCycle Products

      LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products
              LiveCycle Designer
         ...
LiveCycle Form Manager

      Consolidate all of a single user’s forms for access via a web-based
      portal
      Centr...
LiveCycle Form Manager example




                                                        15
2006 Adobe Systems Incorpora...
Practical Example

      Create forms using LiveCycle Designer
      Use LiveCycle Forms to render the forms as HTML or PD...
LiveCycle Products

      LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products
              LiveCycle Designer
         ...
LiveCycle Barcoded Forms

      Have PDF and HTML forms for “online” submissions
      Use 2D barcoded technology to autom...
Practical Example

      Create forms using LiveCycle Designer
      Use LiveCycle Forms to render the forms as HTML or PD...
LiveCycle Products

      LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products
              LiveCycle Designer
         ...
LiveCycle Document Security

      Provides digital signatures and encryption capabilities
              Digitally sign PD...
LiveCycle Document Security example




                                                        22
2006 Adobe Systems Inco...
Practical Example

      Create forms using LiveCycle Designer
      Use LiveCycle Forms to render the forms as HTML or PD...
LiveCycle Products

      LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products
              LiveCycle Designer
         ...
LiveCycle Reader Extensions

      Extends a PDF file to allow functionality in Reader that is normally
      available on...
Practical Example

      Create forms using LiveCycle Designer
      Use LiveCycle Forms to render the forms as HTML or PD...
LiveCycle Products

      LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products
              LiveCycle Designer
         ...
LiveCycle Workflow

      Can put together end-to-end workflows incorporating people, systems,
      documents and even we...
LiveCycle Workflow example




                                                        29
2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated....
Practical Example

      Create forms using LiveCycle Designer
      Use LiveCycle Forms to render the forms as HTML or PD...
Q&
                                                        A


                                                         31...
Better by Adobe™



                                                        32
2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights...
LiveCycle Policy Server

      DRM for your documents


      Enforce security policies on documents at any time, even AFT...
LiveCycle PDF Generator

      Speed up deployment of PDF file generation
      Optimize enterprise PDF file generation by...
LiveCycle Assembler

      Assemble, disassemble, and manipulate PDF documents
      Adapt current PDF documents by applyi...
LiveCycle Print

      Used in conjunction with LiveCycle Forms
      Dynamically print customized forms
      Automate co...
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Adobe Livecycle - A Brief But Thorough Introduction

  1. 1. Adobe LiveCycle Charles Bihis September 7th, 2006 1 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. About Me Charles Bihis “Software Developer Intern” with Enterprise and Developer Relations Group @ Adobe Systems Inc. 4th year student at UBC Studying Software Engineering Blog @ adobe.charlesbihis.com 2 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  3. 3. Agenda Overview of the technology Broad overview the LiveCycle suite Individual LiveCycle components Talk about 7 of the 11 components in the LiveCycle suite Interspersed with demos and example uses Q&A 3 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  4. 4. LiveCycle 101 Enterprise software designed for document services and workflows Combines the familiar Adobe Reader® software, PDF, and XML standards with powerful workflow capabilities Uses J2EE on the server side Compatible on industry-standard servers Windows, Solaris, Linux & AIX Can easily integrate into existing .NET or ColdFusion environments 4 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  5. 5. How Can I Run LiveCycle Supported Web Application Servers WebSphere, JBoss & WebLogic Supported Operating Systems Windows, Solaris, Linux & AIX Supported Databases DB2, Oracle 9i, SQL Server 2000 & MySQL 4.1 More info at www.adobe.com/products/livecycle 5 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  6. 6. LiveCycle Products LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products LiveCycle Designer LiveCycle Forms LiveCycle Form Manager LiveCycle Barcoded Forms LiveCycle Document Security LiveCycle Reader Extensions LiveCycle Workflow Other LiveCycle products LiveCycle Policy Server LiveCycle PDF Generator LiveCycle Assembler LiveCycle Print 6 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  7. 7. LiveCycle Products LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products LiveCycle Designer LiveCycle Forms LiveCycle Form Manager LiveCycle Barcoded Forms LiveCycle Document Security LiveCycle Reader Extensions LiveCycle Workflow Other LiveCycle products LiveCycle Policy Server LiveCycle PDF Generator LiveCycle Assembler LiveCycle Print 7 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  8. 8. LiveCycle Designer Graphical interface for the design, creation, and maintenance of forms Forms created are XML-based Layout is completely XML Scripting language is FormCalc (Adobe language) or JavaScript Commonly referred to as “XFA (XML Form Architecture) based forms” Can import from PDF, Word, and even InfoPath templates XML forms are “wrapped” inside a PDF file so that they can be opened in Adobe Acrobat or Free Adobe Reader Cross-platform delivery (Windows, Mac, Linux, Pocket PC) Facilitates conversion of paper forms to electronic documents the “Paperless Office” 8 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  9. 9. Practical Example Imagine that you are a mortgage broker People must fill out forms to launch some internal process Use LiveCycle Designer to create these forms 9 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  10. 10. LiveCycle Products LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products LiveCycle Designer LiveCycle Forms LiveCycle Form Manager LiveCycle Barcoded Forms LiveCycle Document Security LiveCycle Reader Extensions LiveCycle Workflow Other LiveCycle products LiveCycle Policy Server LiveCycle PDF Generator LiveCycle Assembler LiveCycle Print 10 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  11. 11. LiveCycle Forms Use Forms APIs to... Pre-populate fields Extract data from XFA-based forms Allows creation of dynamic forms Since forms are XML base, you can deploy them as… Dynamic PDF files XML Data Packages (XDPs) for use online Benefits of deploying as PDF Abliity to save form locally and fill in offline – perfect for longer forms High-fidelity rendering – PDF forms can look EXACTLY as they do online Client and server-side validations 11 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  12. 12. Practical Example Create forms using LiveCycle Designer Use LiveCycle Forms to render the forms as HTML or PDF for deploying to clients or other employees 12 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  13. 13. LiveCycle Products LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products LiveCycle Designer LiveCycle Forms LiveCycle Form Manager LiveCycle Barcoded Forms LiveCycle Document Security LiveCycle Reader Extensions LiveCycle Workflow Other LiveCycle products LiveCycle Policy Server LiveCycle PDF Generator LiveCycle Assembler LiveCycle Print 13 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  14. 14. LiveCycle Form Manager Consolidate all of a single user’s forms for access via a web-based portal Centralizes all of the management of the forms Provides access and enables forms search through a web interface Also acts as a repository for all previous forms where you were a participant 14 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  15. 15. LiveCycle Form Manager example 15 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  16. 16. Practical Example Create forms using LiveCycle Designer Use LiveCycle Forms to render the forms as HTML or PDF for deploying to clients or other employees Bank uses LiveCycle Form Manager to manage forms internally 16 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  17. 17. LiveCycle Products LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products LiveCycle Designer LiveCycle Forms LiveCycle Form Manager LiveCycle Barcoded Forms LiveCycle Document Security LiveCycle Reader Extensions LiveCycle Workflow Other LiveCycle products LiveCycle Policy Server LiveCycle PDF Generator LiveCycle Assembler LiveCycle Print 17 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  18. 18. LiveCycle Barcoded Forms Have PDF and HTML forms for “online” submissions Use 2D barcoded technology to automate capture of data from printed or faxed forms Just like barcodes form grocery items, LiveCycle barcodes contain information from the particular form being submitted Barcode IS an industry standard and not Adobe proprietary Industry standard barcode Portable Data File (PDF) 417 Not related to Adobe Portable Document (PDF) Reduce costly and error-prone manual data entry from printed or faxed submissions Error-checking incorporated into barcode More advanced than simple bit-check digit in 1D barcodes 18 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  19. 19. Practical Example Create forms using LiveCycle Designer Use LiveCycle Forms to render the forms as HTML or PDF for deploying to clients or other employees Bank uses LiveCycle Form Manager to manage forms internally External users can fill out forms in Adobe Reader, print off forms with barcode, and mail them to the bank to be scanned; data retrieved without manual input yet still ensuring client side validation and 19 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  20. 20. LiveCycle Products LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products LiveCycle Designer LiveCycle Forms LiveCycle Form Manager LiveCycle Barcoded Forms LiveCycle Document Security LiveCycle Reader Extensions LiveCycle Workflow Other LiveCycle products LiveCycle Policy Server LiveCycle PDF Generator LiveCycle Assembler LiveCycle Print 20 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  21. 21. LiveCycle Document Security Provides digital signatures and encryption capabilities Digitally sign PDF files Validate digital signatures Encrypt and decrypt documents Uses 128-bit RC4 with Adobe Acrobat 5.0 and later Upon encryption, PDF is turned into cipher text and is unreadable without the strong key 21 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  22. 22. LiveCycle Document Security example 22 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  23. 23. Practical Example Create forms using LiveCycle Designer Use LiveCycle Forms to render the forms as HTML or PDF for deploying to clients or other employees Bank uses LiveCycle Form Manager to manage forms internally External users can fill out forms in Adobe Reader, print off forms with barcode, and mail them to the bank to be scanned; data retrieved without manual input yet still ensuring client side validation Bank can also accept digital signatures for applications 23 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  24. 24. LiveCycle Products LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products LiveCycle Designer LiveCycle Forms LiveCycle Form Manager LiveCycle Barcoded Forms LiveCycle Document Security LiveCycle Reader Extensions LiveCycle Workflow Other LiveCycle products LiveCycle Policy Server LiveCycle PDF Generator LiveCycle Assembler LiveCycle Print 24 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  25. 25. LiveCycle Reader Extensions Extends a PDF file to allow functionality in Reader that is normally available only in Adobe Acrobat Active hidden functionality within Free Adobe Reader Enable end-users to save, complete, sign, and submit PDF documents Allow mark-ups and commenting Provide enhanced security with digital signatures 25 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  26. 26. Practical Example Create forms using LiveCycle Designer Use LiveCycle Forms to render the forms as HTML or PDF for deploying to clients or other employees Bank uses LiveCycle Form Manager to manage forms internally External users can fill out forms in Adobe Reader, print off forms with barcode, and mail them to the bank to be scanned; data retrieved without manual input yet still ensuring client side validation Bank can also accept digital signatures for applications Bank applies Reader Extensions to original application form, allowing user to save data from the form locally 26 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  27. 27. LiveCycle Products LiveCycle is an umbrella term for a suite of products LiveCycle Designer LiveCycle Forms LiveCycle Form Manager LiveCycle Barcoded Forms LiveCycle Document Security LiveCycle Reader Extensions LiveCycle Workflow Other LiveCycle products LiveCycle Policy Server LiveCycle PDF Generator LiveCycle Assembler LiveCycle Print 27 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  28. 28. LiveCycle Workflow Can put together end-to-end workflows incorporating people, systems, documents and even web services Has intuitive visual tools; no need to code out the workflow Uses industry standard technologies, such as PDF, J2EE, XML, and Web services Makes LiveCycle Workflow highly scalable and easily integrated into any infrastucture Optimizes the business process so that the correct people handle the correct documents 28 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  29. 29. LiveCycle Workflow example 29 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  30. 30. Practical Example Create forms using LiveCycle Designer Use LiveCycle Forms to render the forms as HTML or PDF for deploying to clients or other employees Bank uses LiveCycle Form Manager to manage forms internally External users can fill out forms in Adobe Reader, print off forms with barcode, and mail them to the bank to be scanned; data retrieved without manual input yet still ensuring client side validation Bank can also accept digital signatures for applications Bank applies Reader Extensions to original application form, allowing user to save data from the form locally Adobe LiveCycle Workflow routes banking application to the right people at the bank 30 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  31. 31. Q& A 31 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  32. 32. Better by Adobe™ 32 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  33. 33. LiveCycle Policy Server DRM for your documents Enforce security policies on documents at any time, even AFTER distribution Reduce risks in distributing confidential information Control document access and usage rights online or offline Know when a document has been viewed, printed, or altered 33 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  34. 34. LiveCycle PDF Generator Speed up deployment of PDF file generation Optimize enterprise PDF file generation by keeping a centralized administrative console to manage conversion jobs and statistics 34 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  35. 35. LiveCycle Assembler Assemble, disassemble, and manipulate PDF documents Adapt current PDF documents by applying customizations, such as watermarks, headers, images, or more content Automate creation of similar types of documents e.g. customer invoices e.g. marketing materials 35 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
  36. 36. LiveCycle Print Used in conjunction with LiveCycle Forms Dynamically print customized forms Automate combination of XML data and XFA template before sending to the printer 36 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
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