Category Archives: PDF

Batch-Import Excel Data into PDF Forms

A while ago I documented for AcrobatUsers.com how to manually import an Excel data record into a PDF form. You can find this information here: Can I import data from an Excel spreadsheet to a fillable PDF Form? This is … Continue reading

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How to Open a Document Attached to a PDF File

Have you ever wanted to attach a document (e.g. a MS Word file) to a PDF document, and give the user the ability to launch that file with just a click on a button? Usually, you have to save the … Continue reading

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Apply Standard PDF Form FIeld Formatting/Keystroke/Validation Events to Fields via JavaScript

For some options in Acrobat’s form editor, you can select multiple fields and then apply the same option to all selected fields. This works for example for the “read-only” flag, or the display options. It does however not work for … Continue reading

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Security Envelope Templates (Still) Missing in Mac Version

Adobe Acrobat has had an interesting feature since at least Acrobat 8: A “Security Envelope” allows the user to pack any document into such an “envelope” and encrypt the contents. Only the recipient with the correct “key” can decrypt these … Continue reading

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How to Count Radio Button Choices in Acrobat JavaScript

A question that comes up every now and then on either AcrobatUsers.com or in the Acrobat JavaScript Forum is about how to count how many radio buttons with a certain value were selected by a user. Let’s for example say … Continue reading

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Missing Characters After Merging or Inserting PDF Files? Here is a Potential Workaround

Have you ever tried to merge a few files and ended up with missing characters on some of your pages in the resulting PDF file? Here is a description of one of these instances – as a question posted on … Continue reading

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“No Pages Selected To Print” Error

UPDATE: See Vishal’s comment in the comment section. Adobe is looking for help in debugging this problem. If you are running into this problem and want me to share your email address with Adobe, please get in touch with me … Continue reading

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Save Your Acrobat.com Workspaces Files

Up until recently, there were two ways to save a document on Acrobat.com: The old “Workspaces” section The new “Files” section Adobe announced a while ago that the “Workspaces” service will be discontinued on Jan 6th 2015. Write access to … Continue reading

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Document Level Scripts With Acrobat Standard

If you are using Adobe Acrobat Standard, you’ve probably noticed that you cannot add document level scripts to PDF documents. This is a limitation of the user interface, Acrobat Standard can actually add such scripts (and document actions), but it … Continue reading

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Convert Radio Button Groups to Checkbox Groups in PDF Forms

If you’ve worked with PDF forms, you are probably familiar with radio buttons: There is one problem with radio buttons: When you have a selection that also includes “non of the above”, you have to create a separate option for … Continue reading

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