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Topic: Can Acrobat do this?
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 52109
From: r6f6e3nb
Date: 5/29/2002 04:50 PM


I created a forms program for Real Estate agents so they can fill out =purchase and listing contracts and related forms. I used OmniForm but =for various reasons I'm considering switching to Acrobat. I'm only just =starting to learn about Acrobat and JavaScript and before I purchase =Acrobat and invest time in learning it and JavaScript, I like to know if =I'll be able to implement the same features I've already implemented in =my OmniForm forms. I'd really appreciate it if someone would tell me if =the following features would be available.

1. Type Ahead - This is the feature that "remembers" what has been =previouly typed and "guesses" at your entry one you start typing. =Quicken uses this feature. Can Acrobat or JavaScript be made to do this =on a PDF form?

2. Hi-lighted fields - OmniForm lets you hi-light the fields in =yellow. This makes it easier to see where you need to enter data. Is =this possible with Acrobat?

3. Automaticaly filling in fields based on the contents of other =fields. Can JavaScrip look at a check box or "read" the text in a field =and then fill in another field based on what it finds in the first =field?

4. Access to field properties - Can JavaScrip change the propeties of =a field, ie. make it hidden or make it visible? I've created some demo =forms in OmniForm that print "EXPIRED" when a certain date is reached. =The field is changed to visible when the free trial period is up.

5. Saving "records". OmniForm saves all the field entries as a "record' =and you can page through the previous forms by using arrow keys at the =top of the screen. For example, if I've filled in a form 10 times, I =can page through each of the past ten "records" to review the =information on those forms. Is there a way to do this with Acrobat? If =not, perhaps there is a way each form and its data can be easily saved =and retrieved later.

6. Menu to forms - In OmniForm I created a form that acts as a menu to =the other forms. It's composed of hyper links. The use starts with this =form and just selects the form from the menu. There are about 50 forms =and I've organized them to make them easy to find. Can I do this in =Acrobat?

7. Importing information from other forms. Real estate forms use a lot =of information that is repeated from one form to the next. For example, =an Offer form has the buyer's name, sellers' name and property address =and this informaiton is also needed on every addendum. Can I make =Acrobat look at the fields in another form and import that data?

There are some other features that I use that I suspect JavaScript can =handle. For example, I calculate dates based on the number of days =entered by the user. I also display useful information to the user based =on how the form is filled out. This information is in a field that is =visible on the screen but hidden when printed. I also do calulation such =as mortgage payments, etc. I understand that JavaScript is powerful so I =suspect I'll be able to do these thing with it.

Thanks for your help. Any recommendations or suggestions are welcome.

Steve Smith

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