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What do the changes to Adobe LiveCycle ES4 mean for you?

February 15, 2013 by Audrey Poulin
Example of a mobile-friendly LiveCycle form.
Source: LiveCycle Blog

Earlier this week, Adobe announced the launch of the most recent version of its enterprise form and document platform, LiveCycle Enterprise Suite 4 (ES4). This new version introduces several enhancements that embrace the “mobile first” ideology, and which should improve accessibility and ease–of-use of forms.

One of the major improvements to LiveCycle ES4 is its transition towards HTML5 for the Workspace tool which enables the product to work seamlessly on any platform, whether it is an Android tablet, an iPhone or a desktop. Adobe has upgraded LiveCycle to be fully optimized for mobile platforms. For businesses, this means greater flexibility for in-field use of forms. For business applications like insurance on-boarding this means that forms can easily be completed and processed directly in the field, using standard mobile devices, like tablets. . Forms and workflows can be managed from any location, online or offline, enabling companies to have a more seamless integration in everyday life and ultimately improving productivity.

Another major improvement of LiveCycle ES4 is its integration with Adobe Experience Management (formerly known as Adobe CQ). Users of AEM will now be able to easily integrate forms, reader extensions and generate PDF documents within their AEM environment.  Website content managers in the AEM environment will now be able to easily manage forms and documents published on their website without the need for IT support. Advanced web search capabilities will also enable users to quickly find forms and documents on AEM-based websites.

LiveCycle ES4 also features enhanced rights management capabilities that allow form managers to protect documents and allow specific authorized users to access them. Theoretically, this feature could mean that, by logging into an AEM-based website users could have access to different forms based on their identity and access level.

LiveCycle ES4 marks a fundamental shift toward the  “mobile first” approach that we are increasingly seeing across Adobe’s product lines, providing users the ability to access and use products from anywhere, greatly improving productivity and accessibility.

To see a demo of Adobe LiveCycle ES4, sign-up for the Adobe Government Solutions Seminar taking place in Montreal on February 27, 2013.