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Introduction to Acrobat JavaScript

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 Learning Center.

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What is Acrobat JavaScript?

By Dave Wraight

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...

Where Should I use Acrobat JavaScript?

By Dave Wraight

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.

Working with Events in Acrobat JavaScript

By Chris Dahl

There are various events made available to people writing Acrobat JavaScript to associate their code with. Without actually associating the JavaScript code you write with one of these available events in Acrobat, then it's not going to execute.

Debugging Acrobat JavaScript

By Chris Dahl

You'd be hard pressed to find someone who has developed with Acrobat JavaScript and hasn't had a problem that has stumped them (of which can sometimes end up with the developer kicking themselves when they discover it's such a simple problem). When this happens, it usually results in the person writing the JavaScript to play around with their code, or ask a fellow JavaScript developer on one of the PDF related user forums.

Example Acrobat JavaScripts

By Chris Dahl

OK, so you know what Acrobat JavaScript is, where you can use it and how to debug it. In this article we're going to jump right into the deep-end with some useful examples of using Acrobat JavaScript.

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Two Passwords Are Better Than One: The Low-Down On PDF Security

For people who don't spend their time looking at PDF files in text editors*, PDF security is a sometimes misunderstood beast.

For example, those document restrictions that PDF files sometimes have -- no Printing, Content Copying, Page Extraction, etc -- are essentially useless unless the PDF also has a User Password.

January 09, 2014
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