Adobe enables rich Internet apps with LiveCycle

Adobe Systems on Monday is introducing Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite (ES), its software for automating processes such as electronic forms. With the ES version of LiveCycle, the product expands beyond being an interactive, PDF-based environment to enabling use of rich Internet applications. "I can create a UI with [Adobe] Flex that leverages all of the back-end services of LiveCycle," said Brian Wick, Adobe gr

Adobe Systems on Monday is introducing Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite (ES), its software for automating processes such as electronic forms.

With the ES version of LiveCycle, the product expands beyond being an interactive, PDF-based environment to enabling use of rich Internet applications. "I can create a UI with [Adobe] Flex that leverages all of the back-end services of LiveCycle," said Brian Wick, Adobe group product marketing manage for LiveCycle.

"The forms can be processed and created within a Flex environment, which is more wizard-like and engaging, or a PDF environment," Wick said.

A rich Internet application can be generated that steps a user through a process in a much better way, he said. More intuitive user experiences can be created than what was possible with just a PDF-based environment, said Wick.

LiveCycle ES enables delivery of applications that better communicate with people who may be confused by or frustrated with online procedures and are likely to abandon online transactions in favor of in-person visits or phone assistance. Processes such as account enrollment and claims processing can be transformed.

Components are featured in the suite for capabilities such as security, output, data capture and process management.

LiveCycle ES will be available in a Business Transformation Edition and a Data Capture Edition. The Business Transformation Edition features Data Capture Edition and components for process management, digital signatures, rights management and output. Data Capture Edition offers forms, data services, bar-coded forms and reader extension components.

Copyright © 2007 IDG Communications, Inc.

How to choose a low-code development platform