Adobe has informed us that we need to use Adobe LiveCycle Reader Extensions ES2 in stead of Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES 8.2. We had some doubts about the reason why, but that's a different issue.
Now, when we want to order Adobe LiveCycle Reader Extensions ES2 we need to indicate on what application server we will install (IBM WebSphere / Oracle WebLogic / JBoss). However, I want to install it on a desktop pc. Can anybody explain me which of the 3 options I need to order? What is the difference?
Thanks in advance!
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LiveCycle Designer is a client-side application that allows you to create forms.
Reader Extension is a LiveCycle service that allows you to extend the functionality contain within the free Reader.
Usually, you use Designer to build the form and Reader Extension to extend it so you can use the free Reader to view the form a perform some extra features (like save the form data locally, call web services, etc).
Now there are two ways you can apply Reader Extensions to a form:
- You can use LiveCycle Reader Extension, which is a service running server side. You need to install LiveCycle on an application server. If you want to run the application server on your machine, the lighter one would be JBoss.
- You can also use Adobe Acrobat to Reader extend your form, but there are some restrictions (for example the number of users that can use the form, etc).
Also the Reader Extension in Acrobat only has a subset of the functionality that Reader Extensions server has. So depending on what you are trying to do as well as how many users will use the form will determine if Acrobat can be used or
Acrobat will only allow you to digitally sign and to save a copy of the form and data locally. All other functionality is enabled through the LiveCycle server.
thanks for your reply! I still am a little unsure if I understand you explaination.
I already have created forms with LiveCycle Designer E.S. 8.2 on my desktop pc. I now need to add a functionality to the forms I have created (importing data from an external XML file).The users that will work with my forms are only having the Reader.
So, how does the Reader Extension work? Is it software I can install on my desktop pc, or do I need to install it on a server (that I do not have)? Is it then an extra compentent in LiveCycle Designer E.S. 8.2? Or is it another piece of software?
Thanks in advance!
thanks for your reply! That's exactly why I need the Reader Extensions. This is what I need:
I have created about 20 forms that up to 100 people can fill in and save. There is some data available in an external XML file. It would save the users a lot of time, when the data from the external XML file is imported in the PDF. However, the users only have the Reader, and I was told by Adobe the only the Reader Extentions would make this possible.
Reader Extensions has nothing to do with LC Designer.
Once you're done creating your form, you don't need to go back to Designer.
Reader Extensions takes a PDF as an input and creates a Reader Extended PDF.
You can use the server side option (LiveCycle) or the client side option (Acrobat, with its limitation).
Then yes you will need Reader Extension Server to extend your file. As Jasmin points out you woudl finish your design then save your form as a PDF. Then you woudl launch the Reader Extension server UI and upload the PDF file, choose your extension options and then it will return to you a PDF. It is that PDF that you would distribute.
Yes it is server software. It comes with a turnkey install that has a JBoss application server, a MySQL database and all of the software required for you to do this. You only have to supply a server. You can look at the hardware specs for the server on the web site.
Hope that helps
Thanks all for your replies!
So, I have to supply a pc that will function as a server and then I need to order the Reader Extensions ES2 for JBoss. That software will install all necessary programms to run as a server.
Correct me if I'm wrong! Thanks very much.
I have Adobe LiveCycle Designer 8.0 and want to trial Reader Extensions ES2. Can I download and trial on my local PC ( where Designer is installed ), as opposed to a server ?
that's exactly what I wanted, but I was unable to find any trial software for this subject. So, when I contacted Adobe, they kind of 'ordered' me to buy the software because what I was doing was not according to the license of Adobe LiveCycle Designer.
But perhaps someone else has found the trialsoftware. If so, please let us know .
You can do it during the LiveCycle installation (the install wizard has a step for RE credentials) or through the adminui if LiveCycle is already installed.
Though adminui go to : Home > Settings > Trust Store Management > Local Credentials> Import Credential
Under trust store type select: Reader Extensions Credential. Then select an alias (this will be used in your processes or code), browse to the credentail and enter the Adobe supplied password. Click ok and you are done.
The documentation on how to install a Reader Extensions credential can be found at http://help.adobe.com/en_US/livecycle/9.0/adminHelp/admin.htm?content=000145.html
Note that the process I used to find this was to launch LiveCycle Cafe and use the search tool for "Reader Extensions Credential." It was the first hit in LiveCycle ES2 help. If you're not running Cafe, I suggest that you load it and give it a try... http://adobe.com/go/cafe
I am a contractor working with a national agency. I don't have rights to set up any sort of server on my PC at work, which runs Windows XP Professional -- NOT Windows Server as Adobe's tech specs indicate. At home, I use Windows 7 Professional.
Most of the PDF forms I set up only require users to type text in text fields, click check boxes, or decide "yes" or "no" in radio buttons. For those simple forms, have found that Acrobat Pro's "Enable Reader Features" allows users to fill out the form in Reader, save it to their hard drive, and attach it to an email to return the completed forms.
(I already asked about setting up a server for these forms at work and was told "It'll never happen!" My customers are reluctant to accept an answer that , "Yes, it is possible to enable these features but we are not allowed to do what it takes to make them work."