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Archive: Forms & FDF

Custom Objects in PDF JavaScript

Kas Thomas shows how to extend any of JavaScript's built-in objects and to define your own custom objects. He provides several cut-and-paste examples.

Developer   August 23, 2000

PDF 101 - Adding form fields to PDF files

Carl Young

Carl Young's PDF 101 articles -- intended as an introduction to using Acrobat/PDF -- explore the basics of adding fields to make your PDF Forms interactive.

Enterprise & Government   August 10, 2000

XML and PDF: Of applications and philosophy

Gordon Kent

As you consider how to maintain the integrity of data for future use, the best format is a structured format and there is no better format than XML, Gordon Kent writes in his latest article. Alternatively, you may have requirements to maintain the branding image or look and feel of your documents; here PDF is an excellent choice. How can you get the maximum value from what both XML and PDF offer?

Enterprise & Government   July 27, 2000

JavaScript - Introduction to Development with Examples

Adobe Acrobat allows you to utilise JavaScript within Acrobat Forms by defining an object model on top of JavaScript 1.2.

Developer   June 23, 2000

JavaScript - Clean Up Your Popups

Kas Thomas

Perhaps you're already aware that in Acrobat 4.0 (and 4.05) there's an undocumented JavaScript method called popUpMenu(), a way to attach custom popup menus to mouse-down events in form fields. (If not, you know now!) But ScriptMeister Kas knows from recent experience that it's important to "Clean Up You Popups," as he details in his latest column.

Developer   June 17, 2000

Introducing the Smart PDF Workflow

Max Wyss and Makiko Itoh

A paper and Smart PDF solution can be more streamlined than one based on paper and HTML, according to our contributors, a tagteam of Acrobat/PDF gurus based in Switzerland. They also suggest in their "Practical Smart PDF" articles that a hybrid solution is often the best approach.

Enterprise & Government   June 03, 2000

JavaScript - Instant Printing From a PopUpMenu

Dave Wraight

The following JavaScript code can be added to a button, bookmark or even link. When the user activates the button / bookmark / link a popup menu will be displayed on screen listing the page numbers (in page blocks of 20).

Developer   April 15, 2000

Undocumented PDF JavaScript Function

Kas Thomas

Seems there is at least one undocumented (but live and ready to use) function lurking under PDF JavaScript's hood, that nobody outside of Adobe knows about.

Developer   April 11, 2000

Practical Smart PDF - When they ask: 'Why PDF?,' Show Them!

Max Wyss and Makiko Itoh

An article co-produced by Max Wyss and Makiko Itoh. Based in Switzerland, this dynamic Acrobat/PDF duo has produced some of the most complex, interactive PDF-based forms we've seen. In their opening tag-team contribution, they explain -- and show -- why they've chosen PDF as their "tool of choice for a diverse array of solutions."

Enterprise & Government   April 09, 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

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