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LC Designer ES2 Action Builder First Peek

Steve, on the LC Designer Team, has posted a good introduction to LC Designer ES2‘s Action Builder feature. This feature is going to be very useful, especially if you’re not comfortable with writing scripts and need to get some basic but powerful logic to function properly. Actions will take care of it all for you so that you don’t have to write a line of code!

Check-out more posts on Actions and the Action Builder feature:

Aug 10, 2009 — Added links to more Action Builder posts from the LC Designer Team.
Aug 31, 2009 — Added links to more Action Builder posts from the LC Designer Team.

Posted by Stefan Cameron on August 6th, 2009
Filed under Designer,Scripting

Connecting to a Schema

In previous tutorials, I have shown how to connect an XFA form to a database and a web service. Next on the list is the XML Schema (XSD).

If you work in an enterprise setting, chances are you may have already had to deal with corporate data schemas that define how that data is structured. The goal, when connecting a form to a schema, is to ensure that the data consumed and output by the form adheres to a specific structure. Any fields bound to data nodes that aren’t inside the schema space are basically ignored at time of submission.

Continue reading…

Posted by Stefan Cameron on August 3rd, 2009
Filed under Data Binding,Designer,FormCalc,Instance Manager,Tutorials,XFA

LiveCycle ES U1 SP3

The third service pack for LiveCycle ES Update 1 (updating to version has just been released. This update, as with previous service packs, is only available to those who have a support agreement. If you do, you should contact Adobe in order to get access to the downloads.

There aren’t any major improvements to LC Designer in this update, aside from a few bug fixes. The really good stuff is coming soon with the pending release of LiveCycle ES2, presently in Beta.

Posted by Stefan Cameron on July 28th, 2009
Filed under Designer,LiveCycle

More details about the next Designer

Mark Szulc has posted a nice article on a few more features you can look forward to in the next version of Designer. Since the new version is now in beta, as part of the LiveCycle ES2 Beta Program, we can start talking about what the team has been working on for the past year.

One feature I’m sure will help-out a lot of folks starting-out is Actions. With this feature, you can now tell Designer that you want to do things like “make {text field B} appear when {check box A} is checked” and it will do all the heavy lifting for you — no need to write the script you normally would’ve needed to (or even know how to script it yourself)! In fact, you may find this handy even if you’re an XFA form scripting veteran since you will no longer have to worry about scripting all the simpler things and spend more time on your advanced scripts.

Posted by Stefan Cameron on July 20th, 2009
Filed under Designer,Scripting

Object Assist Enhancement Preview

Stephanie, from the LC Designer Team, has posted a nice article on up-coming enhancements she made to the Object Assist and other aspects of the Script Editor. This will be available in the next release of Designer. Looks pretty cool! I know it’ll help me out a lot when I write form scripts.

Posted by Stefan Cameron on July 17th, 2009
Filed under Designer,Scripting