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LiveCycle Enterprise Suite 2 from Adobe

This article appears in the issue January 2010, [Volume 19, Issue 1]


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Adobe has released LiveCycle Enterprise Suite 2 (ES2), which is described as a major software release enabling businesses and governments to build applications that improve interactions with customers and constituents across devices and channels. Delivering significant productivity improvements to IT and line of business managers, LiveCycle ES2 provides a rich Internet application (RIA) framework for building customizable RIA workspaces, mobile and desktop access to critical applications, and deployment in the cloud.

The following new features and enhancements to LiveCycle ES2 allow for improved customer experiences and communications, and employee and developer productivity across a variety of industries:

Expanded client and browser support—Extended mobile and desktop access to LiveCycle ES2 helps organizations save time and costs by providing seamless user access to processes and services that help them complete their work faster. ES2 Mobile offers access to LiveCycle ES2 from iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows mobile devices, increasing user productivity by interacting with tasks on the go.

Expanded rich Internet access (RIA) services—Through closer integration with the Adobe Flash Platform, LiveCycle ES2 enables enterprise Adobe Flex and LiveCycle developers to create user-centric applications that are unique to particular business needs. Adobe LiveCycle Mosaic ES2 is a composite RIA framework for rapidly assembling engaging and activity-centric enterprise applications. LiveCycle Mosaic ES2 provides knowledge workers with real-time, contextual information from multiple sources in a single, personalized view. Developers can extend existing applications by exposing their business logic and user interfaces into application “tiles” that can be assembled to create unified views. Adobe LiveCycle Collaboration Service (formerly Adobe Flash Collaboration Service) is a new, hosted service accessible on the free, ubiquitous Adobe Flash Player runtime that provides developers and enterprises with a scalable solution to easily build real-time, multiuser collaboration into existing or new RIAs.

Integrated design and development expedites time-to-value—Tight integration of Adobe tools and solutions helps connect enterprise designers and developers to produce advanced sets of technologies for automating enterprise business processes. Adobe LiveCycle ES2 Solution Accelerators help organizations launch project planning and prototyping, and decrease development time. LiveCycle ES2 Solution Accelerators now include: human capital management, eSubmissions, correspondence management, new account enrollment, and services and benefits delivery. Adobe LiveCycle Workbench ES2 is an integrated development environment (IDE) that allows developers, designers and business analysts to work collaboratively.

Forms automation—LiveCycle Forms ES2 streamlines format-driven business processes and improves data accuracy, and LiveCycle Reader Extensions ES2 seamlessly activates functionality within Adobe Reader, extending document- and form-based operations outside an organization. New features allow users to generate RIA interfaces that leverage shared data models.

Rich documents—Users can now automatically create PDF portfolios and can insert Flash content in PDFs as part of automated PDF document workflows.

Document and information security—LiveCycle can now apply rights management on the server to Microsoft Office documents for fully automated secure document workflows.

Enhanced process management—Adobe LiveCycle Process Management ES2 enables business users to manage ad hoc content reviews without involving IT. Using an intuitive interface, users can publish content; create a list of reviewers; and define approval stages, deadlines and escalation guidelines. The content can then be automatically converted into PDF, enabled for inline commenting, rights protection and distribution. Users can monitor and modify the process at any time.


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