Here are the two suggestions of which you could consider for offline submission.
1. Email Submit (Simple way)
- Place an email submit in the form and submit to an email account
- Configure an email endpoint for your process
2. HTTP Submit (a little Complicated)
- Submit your form data to a servlet or a .net page
- Invoke the process using its soap endpoint from servlet/.net code with the APIs provided
As you said earlier two approaches.
1. First approach is Through Email Submit button.
2. Submitting PDF form data through servlet.
Actually my requirement is offline PDF form submission without using any servlet. I am new to adobe Live Cycle Workbench as well as designer tool. First approach is not cleared to me .It will be great if you explain me in more detail. My doubt is , is it possible to invoke the LC Workbench Process from local PDF without using Servlet?
Thanks in advance
Option 1 (Using email submit button)
On your process:
Create an email endpoint and set the properties. Configure the filters appropriately (See livedocs for any help)
In the form:
You could place an email submit button inside the form and the form could be saved in local hard disk.
Once you filled the form and click on the submit button (i.e the email submit button), the email client will open with the form data attached with it.
The email client will also prepopulated with the email address to send and the subject too.
On clicking of the send button, the data will be posted to the designated email server.
Now your process will be invoked using the email endpoint created with the supplied data
Option 2 (Using a Servlet or a .Net application)
You can place a HTTP Submit button in the form.
Mention the Servlet or the .Net page location
Now on click of the submit button, the form will be posted to the java/.net server.
Adobe has provided APIs to invoke your process using Java/.net etc. From there you could proceed to invoke the process.
Since you are new to LiveCycle, I recommend the first option.
This is my first post in this forum.
I am also looking for same solution ,that is how to submit a PDF form offline via soap end point to a LC workbench process without using any servlet or jsp.
I have gone through the links http://livedocs.adobe.com/livecycle/8.2/programLC/programmer/help/000285.html#15 48279 provided by Nith.
This link is very usefull . But there is one issue regarding creating XFAForm variable . Variable type XFAForm is deprecated in LiveCycle ES2 version 9.0.
Now in LiveCycle ES2 version 9.0 , I do not know any alternative for XFAForm variable .
Please help me ...........
I hope this can be surely done; however I do not have time to investigate on this now.
I will give you some ideas to proceed; just take a try and see the result.
1. On click of a button in the form, Export the form data into xml or string format
2.1.1 In case of strings, you can convert them into binary data as readStream(stringVar)
Finally I have done a sample to achieve this requirement.
Here are the summary of steps what I did.
1. Created a simple event (includes a string data to carry as event data/message)
2. Created a process (Proc1) on which a string variable is created (and parked as Input); The process is short lived
3. Created another long-lived process (Proc2) with the newly created event as startpoint event.
4. Created a form which invokes the Proc1 using SOAP (i.e data connection) and passing the data (see the attached form which does this logic)
If needed, I will share my processes & events created.
Thank you for the reply with more informative.
If you dont mind can you share the process and events also with us!
Thanks in advance
Thank you very much Nith
what i the meaning of the events you used in your process?
Our aim is to invoke a human centric process - a Long-Lived process.
We cannot make synchronous calls to a long-lived process.
I attempted to write a short-lived which invokes the actual long lived process as sub process - which was also unsuccessful.
Hence I thought about events concept.
I created a short-lived process which just contains a simple event(throw) and same event is placed as startpoint of the long-lived process.
Make sure to invoke the short-lived process's soap endpoint.
sorry to bother you again. i imported your processes but i am getting an error: event not found. when clicking on event properties. so i tried to mimic your processes by creating the same you did:
1. when creating the short lived process i have to choose the event type. i did take asynchronous/content created. no idea if this is correct.
2. when creating the long lived process the question is how to link this event to the event from the short lived process
3. when setting up the the PDF form i chosse the assynchronous link to the short lived process:
<wsdlConnection name="DataConnection3" dataDescription="DataConnection3invoke_AsyncRequestDD">
<operation input="invoke_AsyncRequest" output="invoke_AsyncResponse">invoke_Async</operation>
<?templateDesigner fileDigest shaHash="2zWQFkLYI4hAMY+ki9Jd8D8uE6w="?></wsdlConnection>
but i also had problems with the synchronous...
when recording the process activity i get no recording to play back after the tests.
any more hints for me?
I created an archive for you.
The archive contains two processes:
SOAP_Invocation_Test - is the short-lived process
SOAP_Usage - is the long lived process
and one event:
and one PDF form:
After importing the archive do the following changes:
1. open the SOAP_Usage process and edit the AssignTask operation
2. Open the attached PDF file (Directly Invoke Workflow.pdf) in livecycle designer and update the data connection wsdl .
3. Reader extend the modified PDF file
thank you Nith, now i just have to figure out how to edit an v8 aplication on v9 SE2 server and workbench. i will let you know when i succeed.
now it works thank you .
last question: what pdf client do you use?
adobe acrobat 9 pro - trial version: works fine
adobe reader 9.3.0 - does not send at all (i monitored it with wireshark)
so basicaly if i have to develop an aplication that should recieve messages from various pdf clients i cant relay on that people using it will all have the pro version...
Did you reader-extend the form after editing?
according to this:
i would need the option 4 livecycle reader extensions SE, which i dont have and cant download.
i am not sure if my company will purchase this so maybe i will have to search another way to submit the form.
I followed your steps but I am facing one issue...after clicking on submit button. I am getting worning message and it says that
Couldn't post data to ".
i hve sent mail ti ur id...reply ASAP
Hi, thanks for providing the example. I tried it as is, and it worked.
But then, I tried to modify it a little but, and I got this message in the server log:
[3/1/11 15:20:30:520] 00000145 LocalExceptio E CNTR0020E: EJB threw an unexpected (non-declared) exception during invocation of method "doRequiresNew" on bean "BeanId(LiveCycleES2#adobe-dscf.jar#EjbTransactionCMTAdapter, null)". Exception data: org.w3c.dom.DOMException: INVALID_CHARACTER_ERR: An invalid or illegal XML character is specified.
What I was trying to do, was
at the "SOAP Invocation" process, I would like to put the "User"'s login ID into the Event data;
such that in the "SOAP Usage" process, I can extract the Login ID, then assign it to a process variable,
and at the "Assign Task to User" step, I can use XPath (of the process variable) for the "Initital User Selection",
(instead of hard-coding the user ID).
But somehow it didn't work.
What's the right way to pass the user's Login ID onto the target process?