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    Posted by Cedric Huesler AUG 15, 2011

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    Today we put the 60-day trial version of ADEP ready to download. Here a short summary what that means for folks with knowledge on CRX and CQ5.

    ADEP, or long "Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform" consists of two servers:

    The 1st is called Experience Services and is based on CRX 2.2. We packaged additional stuff into it, to make it the perfect companion for developers working with Adobe Flash Builder.

    The 2nd is Java EE based and is call Document Services and can be install into JBoss, WebSphere or WebLogic. It contains all the sweet PDF and process management stuff.

    Both servers work together - the CRX-based Experience Services has an OSGi service layer to transparently access functionality on the Document Services side - further can it be used as authentication source (similar to LDAP).

    On top of the two services we run Customer Experience Solutions. Among them is CQ5, with it's new name "Web Experience Management". The CQ release included in the solution package is based on CQ 5.4.

    What does that mean for you?

    No big news on the pure CRX and CQ5 front - but a lot of new stuff to discover and get familiar with, that is based on the technology you know.

    Mind that the Document Services install needs more resources than you are used to with CRX and CQ5. Further due to it's PDF conversion features it relies on native software being installed. I got best results using Windows Server 2008 R2 on a dedicated box. Make sure you check the system requirements and install steps for save guidance.

    With that - feel free to skip a meeting and install ADEP.

    Any question about pricing - please contact your favorite account manager.

    Posted by Cedric Huesler AUG 09, 2011

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    Dan Alcalde and friends are organizing a meet-up in Washington, DC next week on August 17th. A great opportunity to get to know fellow community members in your area and share knowledge.

    Head over to for more details and sign-up.

    On that note: We have adaptTo(Berlin) and MAX and Enterprise Summit upcoming in the next few months. Don't miss to sign-up!

    Posted by Cedric Huesler AUG 03, 2011

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    The Creative Suite team has released a new version of Adobe Drive this week. Adobe Drive connects the Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign...) with Digital Asset Management servers. This allows creative professionals to browse, search and edit assets directly in the DAM repository.

    Version 3 of Adobe Drive features out-of-the-box support to connect to CQ 5.4 instances and work with assets managed in the DAM.

    How does it work?

    • Download Adobe Drive (for Windows or Mac)
    • Install on computer where Creative Suite is installed (CS5 or 5.5)
    • Setup connection to CQ 5.4 author instance in Drive
    • Be productive!

    To learn more about the supported feature set - such as versioning, check-in/out and XMP editing - check out the documentation (PDF download) and Developer Center page.

    And yes.. it's free. Let us know what you think in the Adobe Drive user forum.

    Posted by Cedric Huesler AUG 01, 2011

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    Updated on August 5th

    With the CQ 5.4 release back in February we shipped an 1st step into combining the services from the Adobe Online Marketing Suite (most of you might still know it under the name Omniture) and CQ5 (and yes - we call it Web Experience Management now).

    The initial focus was on web analytics with SiteCatalyst (docu link) and delivering targeted content with Test&Target (docu link).

    We have been busy adding more integrations and improving the existing since then. This includes Search&Promote to deliver targeted search results, Survey to create questioners for visitors and Scene7 to present dynamic media within your site.



    Update August 5th:

    The recording of the 1h developer session from August 2nd is now online. Sign-in with your Adobe ID to watch the recording.

    Further - if you like to try it out yourself on CQ 5.4 - I recommend to install the Hotfix-34667 from PackageShare that contains various improvements over the version that is built-in.

    Posted by Cedric Huesler JUL 15, 2011

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    Back in June we announced the Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform. The products you know - CRX and CQ5 - are now part of this platform - in fact - they are part of the foundation of this platform. Let's focus on CRX first:

    The server companion for Flex

    The Content Repository CRX with it's OSGi container and RESTful Web Framework Sling got extended to cover new use cases.

    It has become the server companion for applications build with Adobe Flex. One example: we added support for new protocols e.g. AMF and RTMP that Flex applications uses to communicate with the server. We went as far as making sure developers using Adobe Flash Builder building applications have transparent access to data sources connected on the server e.g. a SAP system and the content repository content. We call this feature set "Data Services"

    The combination of the Content Repository + Data Services and on the client side: Flex with the Client Component Framework (in short: OSGi for Flex) + a single IDE Flash Builder, is the next evolution of rapid application development. Create applications that run in browsers with the Flash Player and with Adobe AIR on desktop, mobile phones, tablets and TVs. And yes - that includes our beloved iOS devices.

    We call this extended CRX version "Experience Server" - and when we talk about the feature set - we call them "Experience Services"

    To learn more about building Flex applications using the Content Repository start here: .. and I'm sure you are very familiar with that already.

    But that's not everything..

    A new bridge to PDF

    Wouldn't it be great to be able to do all the crazy things you can do with PDF (trust me.. it was a revelation for me) right out of your favorite Content Repository? We thought so too.

    The technical solution is like that: We provide OSGi-based services to talk to the various PDF treatment services that are off-loading the bulk of the work to other servers (we call them "Document Services") - while you as a developer have a local Java API to talk to.

    CQ5 is Web Experience Management

    You are going to see us using the term Web Experience Management - short WEM - when talking about the CQ5 capabilities. The reason is because we are coupling the features of the Adobe Online Marketing Suite (aka Omniture) and the Adobe Creative Suite (yes Photoshop..) with CQ5 and this combination deserves a new name.

    Read more about Adobe Online Marketing Suite integration on the Omniture Blog.

    While we are busy finishing the bits internally - you can sign-up to get a notification when the trial version will become available. This form gets you on the list.