Adobe® LiveCycle® Output ES was first introduced with LiveCycle ES in June 2007. Before this, Adobe offered Adobe LiveCycle Print 7, which had a smaller set of print-related capabilities, as an extension to LiveCycle Forms 7. Adobe customers who have purchased output-related solutions over the years typically own products from the Adobe Central Output Server family, including Adobe Central Output Server, Adobe Central Pro Output Server, Adobe Web Output Pak, or previous generations of these products, which were sold by JetForm or Accelio. This popular product line is still sold and maintained by Adobe.
How have LiveCycle Output ES capabilities been expanded from Adobe Central Pro Output Server or Adobe Web Output Pak?
Adobe Central Pro Output Server and Web Output Pak software are dedicated document-generation solutions designed to deliver personalized output — electronically or in print. By contrast, LiveCycle Output ES is a single component within an integrated suite of enterprise server software. It extends beyond on-demand and batch document generation to build end-to-end processes involving PDF- or SWF-based interactive forms, digital rights management, document signing, and process orchestration. LiveCycle Output ES extends processes beyond the firewall to customers, partners, and suppliers by leveraging the ubiquity of Adobe Reader® and Adobe Flash® Player client software, along with PDF and XML standards, to capture information from users more securely and integrate with an existing enterprise infrastructure. LiveCycle products are J2EE-compatible and run on industry-standard Java™ application servers.
LiveCycle Output ES is sold both as a standalone component and in conjunction with other LiveCycle ES components. Its robust architecture makes it ideally suited for customers wanting to support today's best-in-class enterprise architectures. For example, Central Pro Output Server lets developers invoke services through e-mail or watched folders. LiveCycle Output ES adds more current methods, such as web services, Java APIs, and LiveCycle process orchestration software. Like Central Pro Output Server, LiveCycle Output ES generates PDF documents, PostScript, PCL, and Zebra label formats. Unlike Central Pro Output Server, however, LiveCycle Output ES adds capabilities such as PDF/A generation, PDF assembly, PDF-to-PostScript, and PDF-to-TIFF conversion. Primary benefits include the bundling of award-winning LiveCycle Designer ES software for document template design, support for fragments, and the overall advantages of LiveCycle ES Foundation for application development and run-time deployment.
Can we trade up to LiveCycle Output ES Update 1 from a Central Output Server family product?
While Adobe continues to sell and support this product set, LiveCycle Output ES is offered as an optional migration path for customers who own Central Output Server, Central Pro Output Server, Web Output Pak, and other selected products in the Central Output Server family. Customers who purchased licenses before the introduction of LiveCycle Output ES on June 4, 2007, and who hold current maintenance and support contracts, are eligible to exchange their software for a similar configuration of LiveCycle Output ES at no cost. Customers who purchased on or after June 4, 2007, are also eligible to migrate, but additional trade-up fees will apply. Independent of the software upgrade exchange, customers may want to reserve resources or budget for consulting services to support the migration.
How will LiveCycle Output ES Update 1 upgrade licenses be calculated?
Migration scenarios for LiveCycle Central Output Server family licensees vary. Contact your Microinput representative to evaluate your specific migration options.
How do I request a trade-up?
Contact your Microinput representative.
Can I get a trial version of LiveCycle Output ES Update 1?