Category Archives: Acrobat

Connect to Database from PDF Form – This Time Without SOAP

I wrote about how to get data from (or to) a database from a PDF form using SOAP a while ago. Using SOAP poses a problem when you want to make such a solution work with the free Adobe Reader. … Continue reading

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Remove Content from PDF Files Using Acrobat’s Preflight

Have you ever tried to selectively remove content from a PDF file? There are a number of ways you can approach that: Use “Tools>Edit PDF>Edit” and select the content in question, then press the Delete key Use the “Contents” navigation … Continue reading

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Scaling Page Content in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Before Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, it was not possible to scale pages from e.g. 5×7″ to Letter size, or form A4 to A5 by changing both the page size, and scaling the page content to fit the new page size. … Continue reading

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Clear Image Field in PDF Form With Acrobat’s JavaScript

You’ve probably heard by now that the latest release of the Adobe Acrobat DC subscription version comes with a couple of new form field types (see here for more information). Image fields are not new, but they are now much … Continue reading

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Rotate PDF Fields in Adobe Acrobat Using JavaScript

Have you tried to rotate a field in a PDF form after it was created in Acrobat? If so, you may have scratched your head a bit. Before we get to the how, let’s first talk about the why: When … Continue reading

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Learning to Program JavaScript for Adobe Acrobat

This is a bit longer than usual, so let me add a table of contents here that allows you to jump straight to the section you are interested in. JavaScript in Acrobat What is JavaScript Learning the JavaScript Core Language … Continue reading

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Adobe Acrobat’s File Open or Save Dialogs are Slow or Hanging – Here is the Fix!

Is your File Open or File Save/Save As dialog slow to open, or does it look like it’s hanging and never actually coming up? If you are running Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader version DC, the fix for this is … Continue reading

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Getting a Serial Number Into a Form Using SOAP

One request that shows up again and again on the Adobe Forums (or in the past on AcrobatUsers.com) is about how to generate a unique serial number or form number in a PDF file. The scenario is usually something like … Continue reading

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Batch-Import List Data into PDF Form

We’ve talked about batch importing data from an Excel document into a PDF form before: http://khkonsulting.com/2015/10/batch-import-excel-data-into-pdf-forms/ Back then, the idea was that we would have a spreadsheet with rows of data, and every row would be imported into a new … Continue reading

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Using Custom Dynamic PDF Stamps in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader

There is sometimes a misconception about how a custom dynamic stamp works in the PDF environment. Here is a short video that demonstrates how such a stamp gets applied: As you can see, the custom dialog that collects the data … Continue reading

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