has its way, every document or form
with its software will be a lot smarter than its ancestors.
The creator of the ubiquitous portable document file (PDF) software is
launching one of its most important pieces of its Intelligent Document Platform yet, with document services that bridge the gap between static document publishing and
services by adding business process management and security features to
Adobe LiveCycle is the company’s vision for a new layer in the
services stack that handles all document processing throughout its
lifecycle, from creation to disposal.
Based on XML
side for individuals creating intelligent documents, but also works at
server level, such as serving statements generated in a bank’s network.
“Everyone is familiar with PDF and what you can do with it,” according
Shawn Cadeau, director of product marketing for Adobe’s Intelligent
Business Unit. “What we’ve done over the last couple of years is
the PDF file format with XML. We’ve enhanced the security capabilities,
well as the interactivity of the PDF itself.”
For example, with LiveCycle, users can create intelligent forms
supply reams of information after a user types, for example, a name.
“live” PDF will automatically fill in data such as address, zip code
other details, cutting the time it takes to fill out, send and process
form from minutes to seconds.
Customers can also place keys inside PDF files so that when someone
that file inside the Adobe Reader, digital signature and features that
dormant will spring to life to give that file “Acrobat-like”
Cadeau told internetnews.com.
LiveCycle consists of both previously created software, such as
document generation and collaboration, and new technologies, such as
business process management and security, Cadeau said.
BPM will enable offline and online document processing, simple form
management, workflow, special bar-coded paper forms to allow data to be
directly into a computer network and local data saving capabilities.
Document security provides authenticity, integrity and confidentiality.
“Document security is the ability to take a document in batch mode or
your desktop to secure document delivery to ensure that it wasn’t
with or edited,” Cadeau said. “It also ensures the document came from
person it says it came from. You can also control how long a user can
As for process management, the executive said electronic form templates
calculations validation and version control and management, which
users to create the form, make them intelligent and allow people to
them out online or offline.
Both the new security and control and process management features make
LiveCycle a prime candidate for Web services, which allow
applications to communicate, or “talk” to one another to perform tasks,
as claims processing or banking transactions. This is where Adobe hopes
Cadeau said the call for such rich, interactive documents came from
government and financial services, which are seeking faster, more
document services to deal with increased record keeping policies,
Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA.
Adobe is partnering with IBM and SAP to help LiveCycle,
June 8, reach more customers. Pricing starts at $100,000 for the
Management bundle, but individual components can be purchased for
each. Pricing for the Document Security Server starts at $50,000.
Adobe Launches PDF Platform For Web Services