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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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Mark Selected Options with Circles in PDF Forms

I assume you’ve filled out a paper form with a pen, and circled one or more of the options presented on the form. Can this be done in a PDF form as well? To create such a form, we cannot … Continue reading

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Create Custom Commands in Adobe Acrobat DC Pro

Background In Acrobat XI and older, when you wanted to run e.g. a custom JavaScript, you had to create a folder level script and find the correct directory to install it, or create a custom Action using the Action Wizard, … Continue reading

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Embedding Fonts with Acrobat Pro’s Preflight Tool

Before we talk about how to embed fonts in a PDF file, let’s take a step back and get an idea about how fonts can be used in a PDF file. There are three different methods: A PDF file can … Continue reading

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Extract PDF Pages Based on Content

How would we identify pages in a PDF document that contain a certain word and extract those pages into a new document? This can be done with a few lines of JavaScript – there are different ways to do this: … Continue reading

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PDF Navigation Buttons to Return to First Page

Can you create a PDF navigation button on each page of your document that brings you back to the first page without a single line of JavaScript? Yes, and here is how: Load your document and go to the second … Continue reading

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Creating a PDF Stamp File from Scratch

In my last post I wrote about how to modify existing dynamic PDF stamps in Adobe Acrobat. This time, I’d like to demonstrate how a “normal” PDF file containing different stamp images can be converted to a PDF stamp file … Continue reading

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Modify Dynamic PDF Stamps in Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat comes with a number of dynamic PDF stamps. You can select them by going to the Comment pane on the right side, then click on the Stamp tool to bring up the list of stamps. All the factory … Continue reading

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Duplicate a Page in Adobe Acrobat

Here is a little secret: It is very easy to duplicate a page in Adobe Acrobat and most Acrobat users don’t know about this trick. Open up Acrobat and display the Page Thumbnails pane: Before we talk about how to … Continue reading

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Installing PDFtk on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

One of my favorite PDF related tools is PDFtk. Some time ago I complained that it was no longer supported, but it seems that development has picked up again, and you can now find a brand new version – one … Continue reading

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