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Adobe LiveCycle Designer, formerly Adobe Form Designer, was a WYSIWYG design tool developed by Adobe Systems for creating electronic forms templates for use with other software from the Adobe LiveCycle suite. It superseded Adobe Output Designer and was only available for Windows.

Product history[]

Early history[]

The origins of the software began in 1988 as Per:FORM by Canadian developer Delrina Technology.[1] Per:FORM was a WYSIWYG DOS-based competitor to the Windows-based JetForm Design,[2] which would later become Adobe Output Designer.[3] Delrina introduced FormFlow in 1993 as a Windows-based successor to PerForm Pro Plus.[4] In 1995, Delrina was acquired by Symantec,[5] which sold Delrina's electronic forms business to JetForm Corporation in September 1996.[6] JetForm became Accelio on September 17, 2001,[7] and then was acquired by Adobe on April 15, 2002.[8]

Release history[]

  • Adobe Form Designer was released in 2002.
  • Adobe Designer 6.0 was released in May 2004.
  • Adobe LiveCycle Designer 7 was released in September 2004. It was also bundled with Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional for Windows in January 2005.[9]
  • Adobe LiveCycle Designer 7.1 was released in May 2006.
  • Adobe LiveCycle Designer 8 was bundled with Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional for Windows, which was released in November 2006.[10] This version was not available as a separate product.[11]
  • Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES (8.1) was released in June 2007 and was also bundled with Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended.[12][13] It was updated to version 8.2 in July 2008.[14]
  • Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES2 (9.0) was released in October 2009.
  • Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES3 (10.0) was released on March 14, 2012.
  • Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES4 (11.0) was released in February 2013.


In 2014, the LiveCycle suite was superseded by Adobe Experience Manager Forms.[15] Core support for LiveCycle ES4 ended in March 2018.[16]


  1. Finally, the Next Generation in Business Form Processing Software by Delrina Technology, InfoWorld, p.24. 1988-09-19.
  2. Perform by Albert May, InfoWorld, p.66. 1989-06-26.
  3. Legacy JetForm/Accelio Form Products (PDF), Adobe Systems. 2003-08. Archived 2003-09-04.
  4. FormFlow has the smarts to truly automate form routing by Kevin Strehlo, InfoWorld, p.88. 1993-07-12.
  5. Symantec to Buy Delrina for $415 Million, Los Angeles Times. 1995-07-07.
  6. JetForm Corporation Purchases Symantec Corporation’s Delrina Group Electronic Forms Division, Symantec. 1996-09-10. Archived 2011-06-07.
  7. JetForm Becomes Accelio, Accelio Corporation. 2001-09-12. Archived 2001-09-25.
  8. Adobe Completes Acquisition of Accelio Corporation, Adobe Systems. 2002-04-15. Archived 2002-04-18.
  9. Download the Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional 30-day tryout (Windows), Adobe Systems. Archived 2005-01-21.
  10. Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional 30-day trial (Windows), Adobe Systems. Archived 2006-11-06.
  11. Adobe LiveCycle Designer 8 datasheet (PDF), Adobe Systems. 2006-11. Archived 2006-12-14.
  12. What's new in Adove LiveCycle Designer ES by Jeff Stanier, Adobe Developer Connection. 2007-07-23. Archived 2007-10-17.
  13. Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, Adobe Systems. Archived 2008-06-02.
  14. What's new in Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES Update 1 by Jeff Stanier, Adobe Developer Connection. 2008-07-14. Archived 2008-08-05.
  15. Adobe LiveCycle is now Adobe Experience Manager Forms, Adobe. Archived 2019-04-21.
  16. Core support for Adobe LiveCycle ES4 ends March 2018., Adobe. Archived 2018-04-14.

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Replaced by Adobe Experience Manager Forms in 2014