This page has helpful information about many of the questions people ask about Adobe AEM Forms and products. Although the definitive source for Adobe product information is www.adobe.com, our succinct and clear answers provide a good overview of AEM Forms products and licensing.
You can buy a license for LiveCycle Designer ES4 directly from Adobe for $299US. Simply go to the page below and click the "Buy now" link at the bottom. LiveCycle Designer ES4 is the program you want to create interactive and dynamic XFA PDF forms. Adobe also markets this product under the brand AEM Forms Designer (versions 6.1, 6.2, 6.3). The programs are virtually the same but they have different names.
Adobe Systems has announced they are ending core support for all Adobe LiveCycle ES4 products on March 31, 2018. Support has already been terminated for prior versions of Adobe LiveCycle (ES, ES2 and ES3). For advice and assistance on how to upgrade and migrate to Adobe Experience Manager Forms please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, but you will need access to an AEM Forms server. Designer creates XFA (XML Forms Architecture) forms that can be rendered as either PDF or HTML5. You can save a self-contained PDF form directly from Designer. However, an HTML5 file needs a server to transform the XFA to HTML5 and to host the HTML5 form.
The version of AEM Forms that comes included in AEM Quick start has a limited set of functionality. AEM Forms add-on package provides several additional features such document services, workflows, integration with Adobe Analytics and Adobe Sign, and much more. To get the full benefits of AEM Forms you should install the AEM Forms add-on packages.
Here is a list of all the AEM Forms add-on packages released to date with links to packages and other useful information:
Yes, although Adobe’s marketing and communication may refer to either or both products as AEM Forms, there are 2 distinct offerings. AEM Forms on JEE and AEM Forms on OSGI. In short, AEM Forms on OSGi is a unified OSGi technology stack with some of the document services running as native OSGi services. AEM Forms on JEE has all of the document services and tools but it is a composite architecture. If you can see this screen, you have AEM Forms on JEE.
AEM Forms on OSGi is built on an OSGi foundation and only requires a JVM (Java Virtual Machine) to run. OSGi stands for the Open Service Gateway Initiative which is a Java framework for developing and deploying modular software programs.
A form developer uses the AEM TouchUI to develop adaptive and responsive forms. AEM Forms Designer (the legacy LiveCycle Designer) is also used to create XDPs (XML Data Packets) for this platform. These XDPs serve as DoRs (Documents of Record) and Form Models for the adaptive and responsive forms. A System Administrator for this platform needs to master the Web Console, CRXDE, Apache Sling, and the AEM Administration tools.
A form developer on AEM Forms on JEE also uses the AEM TouchUI to develop adaptive and responsive forms because AEM Forms on JEE also contains a complete AEM Forms on OSGi stack of technology and tools. However, since AEM Forms on JEE is the updated version of LiveCycle Enterprise Suite (ES), it also contains the technology and tools of LiveCycle.
AEM Forms on JEE is built on the AEM Forms Foundation, the common run-time environment for all services. In addition to the services that Adobe provides, you can also build your own services in AEM Forms Workbench or in Java. Besides Workbench, you also use AEM Forms Designer, AdminUI, and CRXDE when working with this technology stack. Although Adobe does not use the LiveCycle brand anymore, you will still see the name LiveCycle used throughout the AEM Forms on JEE product.