Adobe Advances the LiveCycle Platform

Sep 09, 2005

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced enhancements to its Adobe LiveCycle server platform. Available now, new Adobe LiveCycle software integrates document services to automate people-centric processes for improving customer communications. LiveCycle now delivers visual assembly of process automation applications without the need for programming. In addition, LiveCycle now includes Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) for visibility into business processes, better integration of document security and control capabilities, and the ability to integrate data from two-dimensional (2D) barcoded forms with 100 percent accuracy for paper-to-electronic automation.

LiveCycle visual assembly capabilities include a new workflow designer and more than 50 Quick Process Action Components (QPACs) for a way to build applications that automate document processes. QPACs enable easy drag and drop integration of steps in a process, such as routing tasks to a user, sending an email, or integrating with backend systems. Also, the Adobe LiveCycle document security and control capabilities enable organizations to achieve greater levels of authenticity, integrity, privacy and confidentiality of documents. Customers can apply digital signatures to Adobe PDF files, publish certified documents, add controls that expressly define who can open, view, print, and copy, and dynamically revoke or expire documents. Tighter integration allows customers to apply these capabilities at different points in the workflow designed to provide more control over applying policy and rules of a business process. The software is built on a common server architecture based on Java 2 Enterprise Edition and XML, allowing for integration into enterprise infrastructures by providing Java APIs and support for Web services protocols. Adobe LiveCycle runs on BEA Web Logic, IBM WebSphere and JBoss. The servers run on IBM AIX, Microsoft Windows Server, and Sun Solaris. Support for Red Hat Linux and the Novell SUSE LINUX platform are planned for this fall. Adobe LiveCycle supports industry standards such as XML and Web services enabling customers to deploy document services in today's service oriented architectures.

Beginning September 19, for a subscription fee of US $1495 for one year, developers can receive access to Adobe LiveCycle software, support for building custom applications and regular communications from the Adobe engineering and developer teams. Updates to Adobe LiveCycle software, including the new Adobe LiveCycle Workflow software are available now and can be purchased as stand-alone offerings, by CPU or by user. Pricing for components of the LiveCycle platform starts at $50K.