Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced enhancements to its Adobe LiveCycle server platform. LiveCycle now delivers visual assembly of process automation applications without the need for programming. In addition, LiveCycle now includes Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) for visibility into business processes, better integration of document security and control capabilities, and the ability to integrate data from two-dimensional (2D) barcoded forms for paper-to-electronic automation. The new LiveCycle visual assembly capabilities include a new workflow designer and more than 50 Quick Process Action Components (QPACs). QPACs enable drag and drop integration of steps in a process, such as routing tasks to a user, sending an e-mail, or integrating with backend systems. Technology from Celequest Corporation is the foundation for LiveCycle’s new BAM solution that measures and manages workflow performance through customizable dashboards for monitoring business process. Customers can apply digital signatures to Adobe PDF files, publish certified documents, add controls that expressly define who can open, view, print and copy, and dynamically revoke or expire documents. Now, tighter integration allows customers to apply these capabilities at different points in the workflow providing more control over applying policy and rules of a business process. Adobe now offers tools, documentation, support, and pre-configured hosted trials to enterprise developers. Beginning September 19, for $1495 for one year, developers can receive access to Adobe LiveCycle software, support for building custom applications and regular communications from the Adobe engineering and developer teams. Adobe LiveCycle Workflow software is available now and can be purchased as stand-alone offerings, by CPU or by user. Pricing starts at US $50K. http://www.adobe.com/enterprise

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