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First announced early October at Adobe MAX 2009, Adobe (news, site) has officially launched the second version of Adobe LiveCycle ES and prepares to support enterprises as they move their applicatins and servies to the cloud.

Packed With New Features and Functionality

We did our best to walk you through all the new features and functionality packed into this major software release of LiveCycle (check out more details in that article). There is something for everyone, including:

Expanded Browser and Desktop Support: iPhone and Blackberry mobile access, LaunchPad from the Desktop.

Rich Internet Access: LiveCycle Mosaic for easy creation of RIA apps, hosted Collaboration Service to integrated into RIAs and Flash Builder 4 Beta helping embed ES2 technologies into Flex applications.

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Adobe LivecCycle Collaboration Service
 

Integrated Design and Development: Developers and business users can work better together using some new tools including Workbench for creating business process workflows, get new applications up and running faster with Solution Accelerators such as: human capital management, eSubmissions, correspondence management and more.

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Adobe LiveCycle ES2 - Solution Accelerators

Customer Communications Management: New Forms Wizard, embed Flash into PDF documents and rights management for Office documents.

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Adobe LiveCycle ES2 - Forms Generation

Support for Cloud Based Deployments

Along with all the new tools and capabilities, Adobe is also now supporting cloud deployments of LiveCycle ES2. Organizations can host LiveCycle ES2 in an Amazon Web Services environment, providing both faster, simplified application deployment and the ability to host multiple development and test environments for development teams.

Adobe LiveCycle ES2 is available today and is designed primarily to help organizations acquire and retain their customers. The Cloud Deployment option is not available until early next year.

Used by both developers and business professionals, there are a couple of different ways to trial the software before you make the final decision to buy.