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Archive: Development

Acrobat in the Browser

Dave Wraight

Using some simple JavaScript, it's possible to determine a whole range of version information from the PDF Viewing Component inside a Web Browser. If you need to, say, determine which version of the Acrobat Browser Plugin your web visitors were using, Dave Wraight explains how.

Developer   September 01, 2004

Generating Reports with JavaScript

Dave Wraight

Another underused tool in the Javascript toolkit is the Report Object. The object provides a mechanism to create detailed reports on almost anything that comes to mind. For example we could generate a report on the annotations in a document, detailing their type, content, destination (if any), author, date of creation etc. We could also generate a report across a whole series of PDF files using the Batch Processing function.

Developer   May 17, 2004

Introducing SOAP

Dave Wraight

SOAP or Simple Object Access Protocol has become a standard mechanism in the world of Web Services. In this piece, Dave Wraight takes a closer look at the use of SOAP with Acrobat.

Developer   March 18, 2004

Focus on PDF Layers (OCG)

Dave Wraight

How you can combine layers and scripting to power up PDFs to deliver richer, more versatile content.

Developer   February 18, 2004

A Lesson in Templates for Adobe Acrobat

Dave Wraight

Acrobat 5 and 6 changed everything for templates, making it possible to take full control of them, to create truly dynamic PDF documents. So what exactly is a Template? We explore in this in-depth article.

Developer   February 04, 2004

Acrobat 6 Pro -- a new forms layout tool?

Bryan Guignard

In his latest article Bryan Guignard takes a look at the prospect of and demonstrates using Acrobat 6 Pro for producing complex form layouts, calling it "as capable ... as other dedicated form design packages."

Developer   November 06, 2003

Web Hosting PDFs

Karl De Abrew

Planet PDF's Karl De Abrew and Dan Shea explore the concept of PDF Forms as the User Interface for real-world applications on the Web. This article includes a walk-through of a system incorporating the infamous FDFGateway script.

Developer   October 15, 2003

Adobe's Bob Wulff knows Acrobat and PDF -- inside and out

Kurt Foss

Adobe Acrobat and PDF officially turned 10 years of age this past Sunday, June 15 -- Father's Day, quite appropriately. Former Adobe CEO and co-founder John Warnock is widely and rightly credited as being the 'father of Acrobat and PDF.' In the years since the technology was publicly launched in mid-1993, the software and format have had a number of other mentors and guiding spirits who have continued to nurture and build on the original concept. One of those is Bob Wulff, who was lured by Warnock in a hallway encounter in 1990 to lend some technical assistance to the fledgling project 'for a couple weeks.' More than a dozen years later, Wulff has become not only one of the firm believers, but also one of the main keepers of the faith. We talked with him early this week to discuss the recent technological milestone and his role in it.

Enterprise & Government   June 19, 2003

Adobe's Jim King talks about first Acrobat and PDF decade

Kurt Foss

This Thursday morning at the Seybold PDF Summit in Amsterdam, Adobe's James C. King will deliver a keynote that reflects on the "twists and turns that Acrobat and PDF have taken" during the past decade. We caught up with King shortly before he caught a flight to Europe to talk about his upcoming talk, about some of his past presentations on related themes -- including a still-relevant 1998 primer on 'what's inside a PDF' -- and about his work as A Principal Scientist for Adobe Systems. Planet PDF is a co-sponsor of the Seybold PDF Summit.

Enterprise & Government   June 10, 2003

FDFGateway - A simple forms data redirector

We've developed a very simple Active Server Pages (ASP) script which allows you to do no-nonsense Forms Data Format (FDF) collection via e-mail. Best of all, this simple script will work with Acrobat Reader.

Developer   May 01, 2003

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