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IAC - Measuring page sizes of PDFs

Dave Wraight

The following routine will cycle through each page in a PDF file and extract the Page Size in Centimetres and also Inches.

Developer   March 14, 2000

JavaScript - runtimeHighlight property

This following sample uses the undocumented and unsupported runtimeHighlight property for the Acrobat JavaScript app object to provide an outline around form fields at runtime.

Developer   February 19, 2000

Linking Up with FDF

George Johnson

If you're Acrobat-savvy enough to realize that "FDF" is not a typographical error, then you know that the "Form Data Format" is a way to transfer data to and from PDF-based forms. But you may not realize some of the other ways you can utilize FDF. That's OK, because University of Washington research engineer George Johnson knows -- and he's sharing some examples in his Planet PDF article Linking Up with FDF."

Developer   February 18, 2000

JavaScript - Displaying the Date

How to display the date using JavaScript.

Developer   February 16, 2000

Plug-in - Developing a plug-in that acts as an Automation Server

This is a Win32 project done with VC++ 5.0 that implements an Acrobat plug-in that demonstrates how to turn it into an Automation (formerly known as "OLE Automation") server.

Developer   February 11, 2000

JavaScript - Generating a unique serial number

The following sample illustrates how to generate a unique serial number for a document. This uses a hash function which is generally useful for JavaScript hackers.

Developer   February 10, 2000

JavaScript - Dynamic updates with comboboxes

Here is an example of changing a second combobox in response to a first combobox's selection change.

Developer   February 10, 2000

JavaScript - Binding a variable to the field on a page

How to get a script to bind a variable to the field on that page only, when you don't know the exact field name in advance.

Developer   February 08, 2000

UNICODE to ANSI converter

A VB procedure for converting UNICODE to ANSI submitted by Roy from Brook House Publishing.

Developer   February 01, 2000

JavaScript - spawnPageFromTemplate method for templates

An example that proves templates are possible. It uses the JavaScript spawnPageFromTemplate method.

Developer   January 22, 2000

JavaScript - Displaying an alert dialog on the screen

Enables you to display an alert dialog on the screen. The minimum required parameter is a string containing the message to be displayed. Optionally, an icon type can be specified by using the nIcon parameter. This example uses a button group type.

Developer   January 20, 2000

JavaScript - Using Arrays

This code shows mathematical calculations, show and hide of fields, and alerts. Carl Orthlieb has lent a hand to clean it up.

Developer   January 19, 2000

JavaScript - How to display a popup menu

The following sample illustrates how to display a popup-menu. This uses the app.PopUpMenu method.

Developer   January 19, 2000

IAC - Printing every PDF in a folder

This method prints all of the PDFs in the folder.

Developer   December 16, 1999

Digital Publication Design - PDFs Improve the Creative Process

C. Scott Miller

Over the last dozen years, the explosive use of computer graphics has greatly expanded, speeded up, and improved the creative process. It has also cemented our reliance on telecommunications devices to quickly transfer proofs and files. In his latest article Scott Miller explores the use of PDF in content sharing, proofing, workgroups, prepress and more.

Enterprise & Government   December 15, 1999

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