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Archive: Development

Using Page Actions to Trigger Events in PDFs

Dave Wraight

Did you know that when you open or close a page in a PDF document Acrobat raises a little 'event' that you can hook into to activate a movie, play a sound or even run a Javascript code?

Creative & Print   October 23, 2003

Using the ADBC JavaScript Object

Dave Wraight

Introducing the wonderful World of Acrobat Database Connectivity (ADBC). In brief, this is a javascript object (derived from the Plugin) allowing users to connect to almost any type of database and display data directly in their PDF documents.

Developer   September 05, 2003

Creating Page Templates in Acrobat

Ted Padova

Page templates can be used for many different purposes with Acrobat forms. Among other uses, pages can be added to a PDF from a page template.

Enterprise & Government   February 08, 2003

Change field shading with JavaScript when printing

Lori DeFurio

What if you want to display shaded fields to assist with on screen filling out of forms, but when you print the final version, you want the fields to be unshaded. And, you want to use your own custom color to shade the fields? Adobe's Lori DeFurio shows us how.

Developer   November 15, 2002

Import Images into Field with JavaScript

Ted Padova

Acrobat 5.0 enables you to copy and paste data between PDF files. However, there may be times when you wish to enable interactive elements such as importing images in a PDF file. A good example might be an insurance claims form where photographic images can assist claims adjustment appraisals.

Enterprise & Government   September 16, 2002

Printing Current Page with JavaScript

Ted Padova

How to execute a script to print a given page within a multiple page document with or without the Print dialog box opening.

Developer   September 07, 2002

Making a popup/tooltip with Acrobat's form fields

Richard Crocker

Using the 'Hide/Show Field' Form option in Acrobat allows you to hide information until a user moves the mouse over a certain field.

Enterprise & Government   December 13, 2000

Displaying the current Date

Dave Wraight

By using Acrobat Form Fields it is possible to display the current system date in a field, best of all this field will dynamically update even in Acrobat Reader.

Developer   May 17, 2000

Displaying the Current Named Destinations

Dave Wraight

Bring up the normally hidden 'Destinations' tab, from the Window menu.

Developer   April 11, 2000

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Adding a PDF Stamp Comment

OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.