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How to use a menu item from a script
Thom Parker
Learn how to use the Acrobat menu items in your scripts. Menu items can be used to access functionality not available to a script and also as shortcut to performing some tasks. This technique is more handy than you might think because Acrobat has many more menu items than are displayed on the user interface. In fact, Acrobat has a menu item for almost every feature. . . . keep reading
How to Create a Self-Signed Digital ID in Acrobat
security, signature, certificate
Digital IDs are often referred to as Digital Signatures or Digital Certificates. Self-signed digital IDs are easy to create and very useful for all manner of secure work-flows. . . . keep reading
PDF Forms and PayPal
Thom Parker
With just a little JavaScript code it's a simple matter to add a PayPal "Buy Now" button to any PDF form. This article covers the details of programming such a button with any available PayPal feature. This same technique can also be used to hook the PDF into any web site feature that's accessed with a URI query string. . . . keep reading
Using the Mouse to Automate Stamps
Stamps, Automation, Annotations
Capturing and using mouse clicks for an automation script can be awkward to implement. But, it is an ideal solution for many user-driven processes. This article covers the implementation details for using the mouse to place stamps. . . . keep reading
Automating Stamps
Stamps, Automation, Annotations
This article covers the details of placing stamp annotations on a PDF page with JavaScript. . . . keep reading
Setting Up an Excel File for Database Access
Database, Data Handling, Automation
Relational database access assumes a very specific table structure. The database contains named lists of records (Tables). Each column in a table is named and typed. Excel is not really a databa . . . keep reading
PDF Stamp Annotations
Workflow, Automation, Stamps
The Stamp Annotation on a PDF is intended to be viewed just like an ink stamp, or a tape/ink marker, on a paper document. But these stamps are more than just a static ink-like rubber stamp. They can display data collected at runtime (such as dates, times, and user or form data) and so they are very flexible and useful in a wide range of document workflows. The stamp is an important part of any document process, technical, legal, or administrative. Acrobat comes with a variety of built in stamps, but more importantly it provides tools and techniques for building custom stamps. . . . keep reading
Introduction to Using PDF Stamps
A beginners guide to using the Acrobat Stamp Tools. How to select, place, and modify a stamp annotation. . . . keep reading
PDF Page Coordinates (page size, field placement, etc.)
AcroForm, Basics, Automation
Page coordinates are used to add fields and annotations to a page, move fields and annotations, resize page boundries, locate words on a page, and for any other operation that involves page geomet . . . keep reading
Connecting a LiveCycle PDF form to an Excel File
LiveCycle, Data Handling, Database
LiveCycle PDF forms have the ability to be connected directly into a datasource, and even an Excel file. But to do this the Excel file has to be setup in a particular way. This article covers the details. . . . keep reading
Registering an Excel File with ODBC
Automation, LiveCycle, Data Handling
ODBC is the standard Windows database access service. It is built-in to every modern version of the Windows operating system. When a database is registered with ODBC, it is accessible to . . . keep reading
Defining and Using Colors in AcroForm Scripting
(Resources, Effects)
The Acrobat JavaScript model can be used to describe a wide variety of colors in three different color spaces. Colors are used for backgrounds, borders and text in both form fields and markup annotations. They are important for both automating the creation of these elements and adding highlighting and other visual effects to a PDF. . . . keep reading