In LiveCycle, an application is a container for
storing assets that are required for implementing a LiveCycle solution.
Examples of assets are form designs, form fragments, images, processes,
DDX files, form guides, HTML pages, and SWF files. During the development
phase of a project, Workbench users can deploy applications directly
from the Applications view in Workbench. Once deployed, these applications
appear in Administration Console, on the Applications tab on the Application
When an application is complete and ready for deployment to a
production server, the Workbench user packages the application into
a LiveCycle application file (.lca). Then an administrator
uses Administration Console to import and deploy the application
file, using the Applications tab on the Application Management page.
You can also use the LiveCycle Archives (8.x) tab on the Application
Management page to import LCAs that were created using LiveCycle
Note: There is a known issue that LCA files from a future release
are not necessarily backward compatible. While it may be possible
to view and import LCA files from a future release of LiveCycle
(for example, a preview release), doing so is not supported and
may result in aberrant behavior.