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Does anyone use Adobe Livecycle? Is it worth learning?

By dorylicious1 ·
I've been creating basic interactive PDFs using Acrobat Pro but I would like to insert more functionality into the forms like hooking it up to a simple database where the answers upon submission are saved to a database/spreadsheet. Is this something that is only possible with Adobe Livecycle? It looks quite cumbersome to learn.

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by gauravs_iet In reply to Does anyone use Adobe Liv ...

Are you a Flex developer or enterprise architect? If not, you may want to go get one because these products are very developer focused.

Collaboration Service Framework for incorporating real-time collaboration into web applications. Perfect for adding chat, VOIP, webcam, and multi-user whiteboards to your website.
Mosaic Framework for creating enterprise mashups.
Data Services Framework for building enterprise class Flex applications.

2) The rest of the LiveCycle modules deal with document based interaction, rather than web applications.

Connectors for ECM Integration modules for connecting LiveCycle to EMC Documentum, MS SharePoint, IBM ContentServer, and IBM FileNet. If you dont have one of these systems, move on.

Content Services A content repository with capabilities similar to other enterprise content management solutions (e.g. EMC Documentum, MS SharePoint, IBM ContentServer, IBM FileNet, Alfresco, Day CRX). If you already have an ECM solution, see above.

Digital Signatures Offers server based digital signature functionality. Useful for automating verification of digital signatures when collecting large volumes of digitally signed documents. By analogy, this is like checking to make certain the name on the credit card a person is using matches the name on their drivers license.

Also supports automated creation of digitally signed documents for organizations that want to tamper-proof their documents. For example, an official record might be sealed with a digital signature to prove that it has not been tampered with or a statement might be certified so the recipient can verify that the statement is from their bank and not a Russian hacker (no offense Russia). Note, if you want people to be able to digitally sign PDFs using Adobe Reader, that functionality is part of LiveCycle Reader Extensions (see below).

Foundation Plumbing to connect LiveCycle to core IT infrastructure (databases, email, LDAP, FTP, JMS, etc). Always included, always free.
Forms Used for manipulating interactive forms. Creates PDF, HTML, or Flash forms from interactive form templates (XDP) created with LiveCycle Designer, the suites form editor. Also includes form data integration tools for extracting data from forms or pre-filling forms with data.

Output Focuses on non-interactive flat documents (as opposed to interactive forms). For example, a utility company might use Output to create a batch of account statements for its customers. Data from a database would be merged into a letter template, creating thousands of personalized statements. These statements are non-interactive, read-only documents.

PDF Generator Converts non-PDF documents to PDF. Also converts PDFs to non-PDF formats (DOC, HTML, XML, etc). Obviously, many people use Acrobat to convert documents to PDF on their personal workstations. PDF Generator provides scalability and automation not available in Acrobat. While Acrobat might be a great solution for converting 20 documents, PDF Generator would be a better solution for converting 20,000 documents as part of a structured business process.

You can visit the website to get the complete list of features
www.adobe.com/products/livecycle.html

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