There has been a really helpful response on Adobe blogs from Mike Potter.
This is the best explanation I have found so far on how LiveCycle and FLEX compare in the Adobe scheme of things.
However, my conclusion is that LiveCycle is now intended for a very niche approach where document control is mandated or the look or print is a legal requirement. the energy is with FLEX. Comments from Jeff on the blog seem fair enough -
Jeff — 04:45 PM on July 10, 2006
I don't understand the need for pdf forms at all. To me, pdf is good, very good infact, for one thing, and one thing only, output.
It also appears that 'Apollo' is mostly about making offline work possible with Flash applications. It may not have much to do with developments in the PDF format.
So what is new with Acrobat 8 ? Time will tell.