Adobe is out with an updated version of its Adobe LiveCycle enterprise form and document platform, extending it to mobile devices and facilitating website integration. 

Called Adobe LiveCycle ES4, the revised platform allows users to create easy-to-use forms, populate them with data, handle them as sensitive information, share them with others, and connect the forms to back-end systems. Organizations can now also integrate the platform with Adobe Experience Manager to extend forms and document processes to websites with little or no IT support, and search capabilities enable users to find the correct forms or documents.

Streamlined Management of Forms

Arun Anantharaman, vice president and general manager for LiveCycle at Adobe, said in a statement that the latest version provides innovations so that “businesses and government agencies can now better connect back-end processes and services to compelling applications.”

New features include the ability to render forms to HTML5, PDF and paper from a single template for mobile users, and a streamlined process for updating, retiring and managing forms. Adobe said this allows marketing departments to readily maintain brand consistency by utilizing shareable forms as documents are prepared for campaigns. Mobile workers can also work offline, because forms and their content will be automatically submitted to the network when the worker reconnects.

Additionally, rights management can be extended to mobile users through the Adobe Reader Mobile application, which is free.

LiveCycle Use Cases

One of the key target markets for the platform is government. Adobe said that the Department of Human Services for the State of Illinois has saved “millions of dollars annually” by using LiveCycle to allow the completion and processing of forms by case managers, administrators and citizens.

The platform enables agencies to build and post auto-populated interactive PDF forms for such programs as substance abuse treatment, family health services and others, and the mobile extension will permit use of the platform in any situation.

Another example use case: civil aircraft manufacturer Bombardier employs the platform to control access to its aircraft training manual, as well as limiting such actions on the manuals as printing or sharing, and setting timeframes in which the documents can be used.