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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

JavaScript - Detour from Response Dialogs

Kas Thomas

Demonstrates the use of the JavaScript response dialog for function testing.

Developer   April 01, 2001

Dialogs from JavaScript in a PDF Form - User interaction

Kas Thomas

When it's time to pop the question (in a JavaScript response dialog), Kas shows you how.

Developer   April 01, 2001

JavaScript - Debugging Colors

Kas Thomas

Kas talks about using the undocumented JavaScript function popupmenu to return a Color (really an array of floating point values) rather than a String.

Developer   April 01, 2001

JavaScript - Runtime argument lists for popup menus

Kas Thomas

Kas tells you about the undocumented popUpMenu() function, which creates a popup-menu list of choices based on the argument list supplied. Take a peek, if you dare.

Developer   April 01, 2001

Automating Workflows - Improve Cycle Time & Increase Profitability

David Zwang

In his article "Automating Workflows," David Zwang explores the what, how and why of process automation, including a look at some basic automation tools and offering insights on ways to facilitate new workflows.

Creative & Print   March 05, 2001

PDF Tool Talk with Stephan Jaeggi

Bernd Zipper of Germany chats with Stephan Jaeggi of Switzerland about his long experience working with PDF in Prepress, and in particular about the "opportunities and dangers" Jaeggi sees for those who attempt to build a home-grown PDF workflow. His advice: "You don't have to switch to a PDF workflow all at once ... take it step by step. Run the PDF workflow in parallel with your existing PostScript workflow."

  March 05, 2001

Forms - Something to Bear in Mind

Kas Thomas

Kas briefly points out the various usages of JavaScript in PDF applications.

Developer   February 14, 2001

Forms - Hot Help Made Easy

Kas Thomas

Anything that provides contextual help to a form user at runtime is a big win for all concerned. Find out how to set and change Tool Tips on-the-fly.

Developer   February 12, 2001

PDF's Brittleness: A Lament PDF - An optimal solution

Kas Thomas

PDF is one of the most brittle and unforgiving formats I've ever worked with, in the sense that if you introduce even one stray byte into the middle of a file, you stand a 99% chance of wrecking the reading frame for the whole file (kind of like a frameshift error in DNA giving rise to "nonsense proteins"), totally breaking the world.

Developer   February 10, 2001

Forms - Using event.change

Kas Thomas

A custom keystroke filter to emulate one of those Department-of-Motor-Vehicle sort of forms where you have a little square box for every letter of your name, and you can fit only one character to a box.

Developer   February 04, 2001

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