I'm wondering if process management can handle rendering of a xfa-base document and xml data inside workspace without Forms being installed. I did a quick test by installing livecycle without forms and it failed to render a xfa-base document. On the other hand, it worked with forms being installed.
Looking closely, workspace is calling "Render PDF Form" to render the pdf and the subprocess will eventually call a forms component to do the merging of data. Just want to ensure my findings is valid, and process management cannot handle xfa-base workflow without forms.
You are correct. Forms is needed to render an xfa-based document. Note that you can create a custom Render process that will merge the xml data with a PDF form using the importData operation of the FormDataIntegration service.