Tag: libraries

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 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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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 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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Learning Center – Introduction to Acrobat Development

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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. JavaScript, IAC, Plug-ins, Forms … We introduce you to the lot in this Developer Learning Center.

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