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Common Scripting Elements (Colors, File Paths, Coordinates)

There are a number of scripting elements that are unique to AcroForm scripting and used consistently throughout the Document Object Model. These include Colors, File Paths, and Coordinates. Understanding how these elements are defined and used is a necessary Acrobat scripting skill. Additional content on File Paths.

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
Using Trusted Functions
Why Trust? As the internet has become more popular, it has also become more dangerous. In order to protect Acrobat users from malicious documents Adobe has added new . . . keep reading
Trust and Privilege in Acrobat Scripts
automation, folder
There are several scripting functions and properties that pose security risks in Acrobat and Reader. These are however, some of the most useful operations for creating automation scripts. This article covers the security concepts in Acrobat relevant to scripting, and ways to perform these risky operations. . . . keep reading
Custom Dialogs in Acrobat JavaScript
Thom Parker
Dialog boxes are a must have feature for any Acrobat Script where complex user input is needed, such as dynamic stamp scripts and folder level automation tools. It's a good thing for us then, that Acrobat provides a way to create custom dialogs. However, this is not an easy task. These 3 video tutorials provide an introduction into creating and using Custom Popup Dialog Boxes for Acrobat JavaScript. . . . keep reading
Exporting a Digital ID to Another Computer
Signature, Security, stamp
Digital ID's are typically very private and kept in a single secure location. But, there are workflows where it is necessary to share a Digital ID between several systems. For example, where a small set of users in a closed environment need to be able to decrypt the same documents, or for a single user who uses multiple systems (work station, laptop, etc.). This article covers transferring a Digital ID to another computer. . . . 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 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
File Paths: Acquiring a Path
(Resources, Automation)
It's often necessary build a file path at runtime. To do this the code needs a starting point, it has to have a known path. This known path can be aquired in a number of different ways. It can b . . . keep reading
File Paths in Acrobat JavaScript
(Resources, Automation)
A file path is a text string that describes the location of a file on a computer file system (usually a hard drive). Whenever a program needs to load or save file data, a file path is involved. The A . . . 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