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Topic: Using Reader only - importing data
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 59675
From: tahoka@txdirect.net
Date: 5/29/2002 05:40 PM

On a local PC connected to the Internet, I want to bring up an IIS server resident PDF via the local browser having only the free Adobe reader locally - and have the PDF run some Javascript which will bring in data and populate the fields.

After jumping into the Adobe JavaScript 5.0 document I realize that a lot of the functions do not work if you have Reader only...such as importing and exporting FDFs. Putting Adobe on the IIS Server I'm guessing would not help as the PDF is brought up locally by the user's browser????

I was calling the PDF via a URL and including my data as part of the URL. Using this.path then parsing out the parameters and putting them into the form. Unfortunately I found that this.path only holds 255 bytes and my parameter list is longer than that.

I now have Adobe 5.0 to develop the PDF and see a reference to URL under Doc. I keep getting "undefined" for URL and have been looking for documentation/examples to see if URL is similar to this.path but possibly does not have the 255 limitation?

Even a solution of opening a flat file of data and reading in the records to parse out via the PDF's Javascript would be fine but I haven't found documentation on something like that.

Its not that I'm cheap and don't want the full blown Adobe - its that the various people accessing this PDF might only have the Reader. So I'm trying to bring up a PDF on the web and have its JavaScript bring in and populate some data - having only the Reader.


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