A few customers have asked me recently if they can add a QR Code to a PDF file for each link they have on the page. We all know that PDF files can have links to external material. But, PDF files often get printed… and the last time I checked, you can click on a piece of paper all day long and it won’t execute a hyperlink. However, a piece of paper can display a bar code and most smart phones can read a QR code.
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There are now five basic utility scripts bundled into the one, each one demonstrates a different aspect of working with PDF Portfolios or what the API calls “Collections”. To keep things simple, I’ve copied my earlier posts about my Portfolio Utilities to this page. The new feature that allows you to change the initial view of a Portfolio is at the bottom of the post.
I just updated the The Web Designer’s Guide to Acrobat with new information about detecting if the Reader or Acrobat plugin is installed. Withthe recent changes in Lion, plugin detection is more important than ever to ensure a good user experience. I also updated the section on embedding PDF in the browser.
There are now four basic utility scripts bundled into the one, each one demonstrates a different aspect of working with PDF Portfolios or what the API calls “Collections”. To keep things simple, I’ve copied my earlier posts about my Portfolio Utilities to this page. If you are just interested in the new feature you can
Note: Instruction in this post require Adobe Acrobat X Pro
At Adobe we’ve actually leveraged this capability to enable one of our partners to create Dynamic PDF files for our customer success stories. Almost all of the work takes place in InDesign where they’re most comfortable. The final step happens in Acrobat; they simply run an Action that I developed for them. Seconds later, the job is complete.
UPDATE: Now works with Acrobat X
There are three basic utility scripts bundled into the one, each one demonstrates a different aspect of working with PDF Portfolios or what the API calls “Collections”.
With the release of the 10.1 update, Acrobat X for Windows provides a sandbox called Protected View. Protected View is another defense-in-depth feature that is tightly integrated with the existing Enhanced Security feature. Protected View in Acrobat leverages the successful sandbox implementation already in place for Adobe Reader while providing a user experience that should be familiar to Microsoft Office 2010 users.
If you are already familiar with what Protected View is, jump to What Developers Need to Know
Acrobat’s Protected View sandbox is similar to Reader’s Protected Mode sandbox and provides equal protection. Just like Reader, Acrobat strictly confines the execution environment of untrusted PDF files and the processes they invoke. Based on user preferences when Protected View is enabled, Acrobat assumes either all PDF files or just PDF files loading from untrusted locations are potentially malicious and confines processing to a restricted sandbox.
The Billboard Layout was created as an example project for my Developing Custom PDF Portfolio Layouts using Flash Builder 4 series but there’s no reason why non-programmers shouldn’t take advantage of it too. I’ve created a PDF Portfolio template with the Billboard layout already applied that you can download and use.
|Billboard Layout with Billboard showing||Billboard Layout displaying files|
For those of you that miss the Acrobat 9 style Welcome Page, you’ll love the Billboard. I’ve also modified the way that folder navigation works – also to make it work more like Acrobat 9.
Take a look at the Billboard Layout page to download the template and read more about what this new layout does. For reasons I won’t go into on this blog, I’m not permitted to supply the .NAV file for this layout. If you want access to the .NAV, you’ll need to download the source code for the project and build it yourself. Don’t worry, it’s easy and I’ll be posting the source code soon.
Special thanks to the guys over at Ensemble for their help on this one.
The Acrobat X Software Developer Kit (SDK) is a set of tools that help you develop software that interacts with Acrobat technology. The SDK contains header files, type libraries, simple utilities, sample code, and documentation.
Using the Acrobat SDK, you can develop software that integrates with Acrobat and Adobe Reader in several ways:
- Plug-ins — Create plug-ins that are dynamically linked to and extend the functionality of Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
- Interapplication Communication — Write a separate application process that uses interapplication communication (IAC) to control Acrobat functionality. DDE and OLE are supported on Microsoft® Windows®, and Apple events/AppleScript on Mac OS®. IAC is not available on UNIX®.
The Acrobat SDK provides support for development on both Windows and Apple Mac OS environments.