Author: Dave Wraight

What is Acrobat JavaScript?

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Acrobat JavaScript is a programming language that is contained inside Acrobat Standard and Acrobat Professional. Its sole purpose in life is to allow the developer to write scripts (programming code) that automates tasks that would otherwise be time consuming and mind numbing…

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Where Should I use Acrobat JavaScript?

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As alluded to in the previous article ‘What is Acrobat JavaScript?’ it turns out Acrobat JavaScript (AcroJS) can be used in many places inside both the PDF document and through Acrobat the application.

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Acrobat in the Browser

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Using some simple JavaScript, it’s possible to determine a whole range of version information from the PDF Viewing Component inside a Web Browser. If you need to, say, determine which version of the Acrobat Browser Plugin your web visitors were using, Dave Wraight explains how.

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REVIEW: ‘Getting Professional Results From Your PDFs’

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What would the IT industry be without user documentation and tech books? Dave Wraight takes a look at one such text: Carl Young’s latest book, ‘Adobe Acrobat 6.0: Getting Professional Results From Your PDFs’.

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Developing with Inter-Application Communication (IAC)

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IAC in a nutshell is a method for programmatically taking control over another application and automating its toolset. The other application in this case is Acrobat (Std/Pro) and the program that’s taking control is your application which could be written in Delphi, Visual Basic (including VBA) or C++.

We look in detail at how to build solutions using Acrobat’s built-in Inter-Application Communication toolset. In no time we can be productive and be writing solutions to automate our daily Acrobat/PDF workflows.

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Getting Started – Developing for PDF

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When you first decide to develop a solution around Acrobat/PDF you need to know what’s out there, who’s developing what and more importantly you need to think like a PDF Programmer.

In this article we explore the resources available to you, regardless if you are developing your own solution from scratch, piecing together multiple third party solutions or even just automating Acrobat to solve a particular workflow issue.

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Developing with PDF Forms

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PDF Forms have great potential, everything from dynamic database driven content to simply capturing data from end users.

When we think about online forms we generally think of HTML based forms, in this article we explore some of the key differences between HTML and PDF Forms and also the limitations of HTML as a means for online forms. We also explain what it takes to develop Forms in PDF and also the related solutions and technologies already in abundance that can make your life easier.

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Developing with Acrobat Javascript

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Adobe have integrated a fully fledged scripting language inside Acrobat – Javascript (ECMA Script). This provides document authors, developers and system integrators with the ability to automate and maintain their PDF documents from within Acrobat.

However when we talk about Javascript inside Acrobat we need to think slightly out of the box to get a proper handle on the capabilities and limitations, we explore how to think ‘AcroJS’ in this article.

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Creating a Thumbnail Gallery

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In this Acrobat Tip, Dave Wraight explains how to generate a thumbnail gallery using only Acrobat.

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Drag and Drop Web Capture

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In this tip, Dave Wraight explains the simplest way to capture web pages with Acrobat.

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