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Introduction to Acrobat Development

I remember what it was like when I first started developing solutions around Acrobat and PDF, it was daunting. So much information, too many technologies and no central location to piece it all together. This is where Planet PDF's Developer area and its first learning center come in.

We put the information, technologies and resources at your fingertips and explain how all of the components relate and combine so you can produce real world solutions around Acrobat and PDF. Each of the articles in this Learning Center provide clear, concise and relevant information to the modern world of programming with Acrobat and PDF.

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Dave Wraight

Dave Wraight has been actively involved with PDF since version 1.0 and today heads PDF software and resource company AcroTips.  More


 

Getting Started - Developing for PDF

By Dave Wraight

When you first decide to develop a solution around Acrobat/PDF you need to know what's out there, who's developing what and more importantly you need to think like a PDF Programmer.

In this article we explore the resources available to you, regardless if you are developing your own solution from scratch, piecing together multiple third party solutions or even just automating Acrobat to solve a particular workflow issue.

Developing with Acrobat Javascript

By Dave Wraight

Adobe have integrated a fully fledged scripting language inside Acrobat - Javascript (ECMA Script). This provides document authors, developers and system integrators with the ability to automate and maintain their PDF documents from within Acrobat.

However when we talk about Javascript inside Acrobat we need to think slightly out of the box to get a proper handle on the capabilities and limitations, we explore how to think 'AcroJS' in this article.

Developing with PDF Forms

By Dave Wraight

PDF Forms have great potential, everything from dynamic database driven content to simply capturing data from end users.

When we think about online forms we generally think of HTML based forms, in this article we explore some of the key differences between HTML and PDF Forms and also the limitations of HTML as a means for online forms. We also explain what it takes to develop Forms in PDF and also the related solutions and technologies already in abundance that can make your life easier.

Developing with Inter-Application Communication (IAC)

By Dave Wraight

IAC in a nutshell is a method for programmatically taking control over another application and automating its toolset. The other application in this case is Acrobat (Std/Pro) and the program that's taking control is your application which could be written in Delphi, Visual Basic (including VBA) or C++.

We look in detail at how to build solutions using Acrobat's built-in Inter-Application Communication toolset. In no time we can be productive and be writing solutions to automate our daily Acrobat/PDF workflows.

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PDF Master Series III: Eugene Y. Xiong talks with Planet PDF

Planet PDF talks with another Master of the PDF Universe, Eugene Y. Xiong, Founder and Chairman of the Board at Foxit Software Inc. in Fremont California. Xiong is a quiet yet astounding achiever, you (usually) won't find him talking at conferences, exhibits, or publishings, but what you will find is the result of his leadership in places you would never expect.

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