You experience a lot of differences in user interface when you upgrade from LiveCycle ES4SP1 to AEM forms on JEE. The following images distinguish between the main pages in AEM forms on JEE and ES4 SP1.
LiveCycle ES4 SP1 supports list view as a means of organizing assets. In contrast, AEM forms on JEE supports card view as an additional way of organizing assets. The card view lets you view a snapshot for each asset in the form of its thumbnail. Viewing thumbnails is a convenient way to identify an asset in addition to the other metadata properties that appear below the thumbnails.
In this view, the method of selecting any asset is similar to the method that you follow in LiveCycle ES4 SP1. The only difference is that instead of clicking the asset name, you click the checkbox beside each asset. When you select an asset, the icons in the toolbar change to display the icons that are applicable to the selected asset. If you single-click elsewhere, the asset opens in preview mode within the same content panel.
In this view, a single-click behaves differently based on the mode (default or selection) of the asset listing panel. Initially, the listing page is in the default mode. You can change it to the selection mode by clicking the 'Enter Selection' () icon. You can revert to the default mode by clicking the 'Exit Selection' () icon.
In default mode, single-click an asset card to open the asset in preview mode. In selection mode, single-click an asset card to select the asset. The icons in the toolbar change to show only the actions that are applicable to the selected asset.
Apart from the actions listed in the toolbar, a few commonly used icons, called Quick Actions, appear when you hover the mouse pointer over the card asset. Quick Actions let you choose an action directly with a single click, without entering the selection mode.
In LiveCycle ES4 SP1, the Upload icon in the toolbar is enabled only when you select a folder. In addition, the form or assets in the ZIP file are uploaded at a relative path inside the folder.
The root level only hosts application folders that are in sync with the folders in the LiveCycle repository. Therefore, all uploaded forms are automatically synchronized with the corresponding application in LiveCycle. For more details, see Getting forms in Forms Manager.
In AEM forms on JEE, you navigate to the folder where you want to upload the form or the ZIP file. The Upload icon is visible in the toolbar if you have permissions to upload any assets in the current directory.
The root level is hosted with the application and general folders. The forms that are uploaded in the application folder are automatically synchronized with the LiveCycle repository. In contrast, the forms that are uploaded in general folders are confined to the CRX repository.
For details on how to upload a form in AEM forms, see Getting XDP and PDF documents in AEM forms.
The advanced search panel in LiveCycle ES4 SP1 is a collapsible form which opens to display the following search filter criteria:
- Form Categories
- Modified after
- Modified before
For more details, see Searching Forms.
The search panel in AEM forms is a collapsible section that is toggled using the search () icon in the toolbar.
Also, the search filters in AEM forms are based more or less on the same criteria that exists in LiveCycle ES4 SP1 with slight differences in options.
However, the Application filter is a notable difference. This filter does not limit the search to an application. It extends the search to any folder location. Navigate to the location where you want to search the assets. Under the Asset Path section of the search panel, select Search in current directory.
For details around adding filters for search, see Searching for forms and assets.
In LiveCycle ES4 SP1, you can manually migrate assets from the Author to Publish environment using the LCA import and export functionality. To identify assets to migrate, maintain the Active/Inactive status for each asset in order.
With AEM forms, you can retain the ability to mark a form as Active/Inactive because it is supported in Forms Portal, where you can search for forms based on this property.
AEM forms introduces a feature to publish/unpublish an asset. When you select an asset and click Publish, it is automatically migrated along with its related assets and resources, to the Publish instance. The Publish instance is preconfigured with the Author instance. Similarly, Unpublish automatically removes the published asset from the publish instance.
You can also schedule asset publish/unpublish by specifying date and time values for Publish On Time and Publish Off Time in the Properties page.
For more details, see Publishing and unpublishing forms.
In LiveCycle ES4 SP1, you can open a form details UI tab in one of the following ways:
- Double-click the form
- Use the Edit Form action on the Action bar
In AEM forms, you can open a page to view form metadata properties in the following ways:
- Click () icon from Quick Actions that are displayed on hovering over form card.
- Click () icon from the toolbar after selecting the concerned form.
The download functionality and its terms have not changed much since LiveCycle ES4 SP1. However, the method to trigger the action has changed a little. You can click the download () icon either from Quick Actions on the thumbnail or from the toolbar after selecting the form/folder.
The method to preview a form has not changed since LiveCycle ES4 SP1. However, the preview icon () is displayed on the toolbar after you select a form.
Manual synchronization of assets is recommended after a fresh installation, upgrade, or a patch installation, to synchronize existing assets with the LiveCycle repository. The steps to perform manual synchronization have changed since LiveCycle ES4 SP1. For details, see Manually synchronizing assets.