Editors Note: Noel Ward sat down with Adobe to dicusss LifeCycle and how it relates to print, Read his Special Report here.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - June 17 , 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite (ES) Update 1, a significant enhancement to the LiveCycle ES technology platform that helps businesses and governments more effectively engage with customers, citizens, and partners inside and outside the organization. LiveCycle ES Update 1 adds new components for rapid development of content-rich applications, automated conversion of two- and three-dimensional CAD design data to PDF and new Adobe Solution Accelerators to help customers expedite deployment of enterprise applications.
LiveCycle ES Update 1 adds Adobe LiveCycle Content Services ES, a fully integrated set of content services and Adobe LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES, a solution for automating the creation and assembly of PDF documents from engineering product data. This update also integrates the capabilities of Adobe Flex 3 and Adobe AIR, while leveraging the ubiquity and reach of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader to enable a new class of applications that easily connect people inside and outside organizations to information and processes. Furthermore, with LiveCycle ES Update 1, Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management ES extends policy protection for Microsoft Office 2007 and PTC Pro/ENGINEER files.
"With LiveCycle ES Update 1, we give customers the ability to deliver content-rich engagement applications faster through a fully integrated set of content services," said Rob Tarkoff, senior vice president, Business Productivity Business Unit at Adobe. "This release enriches Adobe's LiveCycle technology platform with new capabilities and productivity enhancements for customers to deliver applications that reduce paperwork, accelerate decision-making, and help ensure regulatory compliance."
"LiveCycle ES Update 1 brings us closer to our continued goal of improving patient services while reducing hospital administration costs," said Tim Stettheimer, CIO, St. Vincent's Health System. "Because LiveCycle ES integrates with existing systems and simplifies deploying applications for data capture and processing, as well as offers enhanced content management capabilities, we can do more with limited IT resources. We're constantly balancing what we want to do with what we can do. LiveCycle ES helps to close that gap."
LiveCycle Content Services ES enables organizations to quickly create a process or application that is deeply integrated with enterprise content and allows them to manage content in a lower-cost, extensible way for cross-company and cross-organization processes. This solution component offers organizations comprehensive capabilities to collaborate on, create, store, manage, and secure content as a cohesive part of their end to end engagement applications. LiveCycle Content Services ES is the result of a partnership between Adobe and Alfresco Software, the leading open source alternative for content management.
The second solution component, LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES, allows organizations to share two- and three-dimensional information across the product creation process, enabling smooth communication, accelerated development cycles and lower costs. Product designers can create rich, complex PDF files with confidence that the full features and measurements will be retained when viewed through Adobe Reader. LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES automates the conversion and integration of more than 40 CAD and other formats, which may then be policy protected and forwarded for review and collaboration.
Adobe also announced today new Adobe Solution Accelerators, deployable solution framework and best practices methodologies to help organizations more rapidly develop applications that better engage with end users. The Solution Accelerators include the Enrollment Solution Accelerator and the Correspondence Management Solution Accelerator. These have particular applicability to financial services and government organizations when enrolling customers or citizens in services and personalizing correspondence communications. Adobe Solution Accelerators aim to decrease development time of applications and increase return on investment for Adobe customers.
Pricing and Availability
Adobe LiveCycle ES is currently available worldwide. LiveCycle ES Update 1 is expected to become available in July 2008. For pricing information please visit: www.adobe.com/livecycle . Adobe Solution Accelerators are expected to become available in late-Summer 2008 and will be free of charge. Additional information on the new Solutions Accelerators also can be found at www.adobe.com/livecycle .