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Developer   July 01, 2001

Constructing a User-defined Constructor

Kas Thomas

Like most object-oriented languages, JavaScript supports the notion of object "constructors" (special procedures for creating objects). But did you know you can create your own constructors (for custom object types) in JavaScript?

Developer   July 01, 2001

JavaScript Advice - Intending to create forms

Kas Thomas

Kas discusses a range of issues relating to JavaScript for those who want to hit-the-ground-running.

Developer   July 01, 2001

Forms - Binding Field Dependencies

Kas Thomas

Ever wondered what is happening behind the scenes during form processing? Kas illustrates the process with an example.

Developer   July 01, 2001

JavaScript - Finding the Current Page

Kas Thomas

Kas provides us with a code cut that helps to locate the page number when browsing through a PDF document.

Developer   July 01, 2001

Capturing Legacy Content: A Primer for Action

Duff Johnson

'Until our content is finally corralled, authored, and maintained in the necessary technical harmony, we must deal with the archives of our existing work,' writes Duff Johnson of Document Solutions, Inc. "Yesterday's content ... now exists as purely peripheral value on dusty shelves or is languishing on unusable diskettes. Does this material have value in the new world of e-publishing?" Find out what Duff thinks in this article re-published with the author's permission from the June 2001 issue of Electronic Publishing magazine, the leading print resource on Acrobat PDF (several more timely articles in the same issue!).

Enterprise & Government   June 15, 2001

Adobe CEO Chizen hopes to build Acrobat PDF legacy

Kurt Foss

Bruce Chizen, President and CEO of Adobe Systems, recently discussed with Planet PDF a range of related, Acrobat-centric topics. In the interview, he talks about the growing importance of Acrobat within the company's product line, the launch of Acrobat 5.0, his own Acrobat-dependent legacy, Adobe's new "Network Publishing" vision, its approach to ebooks, an upcoming release of a PDF Forms Fill-in product and the future release of a single, dual-purpose Reader.

Enterprise & Government   June 04, 2001

Slicing and Dicing - Formatting user input

Kas Thomas

Kas responds to a user's request for assistance in formatting user input in a PDF form.

Developer   June 03, 2001

JavaScript - Counting Occurrences of a Particular Token

Kas Thomas

Kas explains how to count occurences of a particular token in a given string with JavaScript. Don't read this one if you're tired.

Developer   June 01, 2001

JavaScript - Date Manipulation Made Easy

Kas Thomas

Finding your dates too hard to handle? Kas has some valuable suggestions to make things easier.

Developer   June 01, 2001

Typecasting in JavaScript

Kas Thomas

In JavaScript, you sometimes find yourself in a situation where you explicitly need to cast a variable to a Number or a String. Kas shows you how.

Developer   June 01, 2001

JavaScript - Color fills in forms at runtime

Kas Thomas

Kas gives some sample JavaScript code for changing the colors of PDF form fields at runtime.

Developer   June 01, 2001

Automatic Insertion of Document-Level JavaScripts

Dr. D. P. Story

Dr. D. P. Story, math wiz (professor) and bona fide PDF wizard, has updated a technique that he'd previously published on Planet PDF. The new, enhanced version of his article explains how to take advantage of some of the new features in Adobe Acrobat 5.0 -- specifically that FDF can now contain JavaScript code.

Developer   May 11, 2001

IAC - Converting Word docs to PDF

How to convert a folder full of Word documents to PDF.

Developer   April 11, 2001

JavaScript - Quick Tip of the Day

Kas Thomas

Kas illustrates the "arity" function that is used for counting arguments in JavaScript.

Developer   April 01, 2001

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Adding a PDF Stamp Comment

OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.