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Create your own Acrobat tutorial or tip

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JoAnn Davis recently posted an article on the Acrobat Docs blog that might be of interest to Acrobat gurus.

 

Many people who use Acrobat have a lot of experience and expertise to share. If you are one of those people, you might be interested in creating a tutorial or tip using the new Adobe Community Publishing System. This new AIR application lets anyone with an Adobe ID publish content on Adobe products and technology directly to Adobe.com.

 

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Presentation on PDF & Accessibility

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The Paciello Group (TPG) and Adobe are pleased to announce a series of webinars on how to create PDF and Flash web-based content that is accessible for people with disabilities.

Go here for a list of upcoming seminars and recordings of past ones.

Portable RIAs – Flex Apps in PDFs

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James Ward, Adobe Platform Evangelist and “RIA Cowboy”, has written an excellent example and tutorial on using PDF to create Portable RIAs. If you’re not sure why you’d want to put a Flex app into a PDF, read this excerpt to see why
Flash together with PDF redefines what a document can be.

The web began as a platform for browsing, finding, and exchanging documents. Over the past ten years the web has moved beyond this document-centric role, and is now a platform for exchanging data. We typically refer to web sites used for data exchange as web applications. The next major evolution of the web is underway as web applications become more interactive and useful. The industry now refers to these next generation web applications as rich Internet applications or RIAs.

Another popular means of document exchange is the Portable Document Format (PDF). Like the web, PDFs are also evolving into more than just a document exchange technology. When RIAs are inserted into PDFs, this familiar format for documents becomes a method for exchanging and interacting with data. The primary benefits of using PDFs for data exchange are that PDFs can easily be secured, emailed around, and accessed when offline.

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How to Use the JavaScript Debugger with Adobe Reader

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This question has come up a few times recently and in the fine tradition of “Amateurs copy – artist steal”
I’m lifting the section of the Acrobat 9 SDK documentation that describes how to enable the JavaScript debugger for Reader 9.

Using the Debugger with Adobe Reader

The JavaScript Debugger is a fully capable debugger that allows you to set breakpoints and inspect variable values while stepping through code. While it is normally accessed from the Acrobat Pro user interface, it can also be triggered to appear in Adobe Reader when an exception occurs.

Though fully supported JavaScript debugging is only available in Acrobat Pro, the following instructions to make the complete Debugger functionality available in Adobe Reader on Windows and Mac OS platforms are provided as a courtesy. For Windows, note that this procedure involves editing the registry. Adobe Systems Incorporated does not provide support for editing the registry, which contains critical system and application information. It is recommended that you back up the registry before modifying it.

1. The file debugger.js, available at the Acrobat Developer Center or in the SDK installation (Acrobat 9.0 SDK/JavaScriptSupport/Debugger/debugger.js), must be copied to the Acrobat 9.0/Reader/JavaScripts folder.
2. Create key/value pairs in the registry settings, starting at the location HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\JSPrefs\ on Windows as shown in the table below, or in the property list file :Library:Preferences:com.adobe.Reader9.0.plist on Mac OS. For Mac OS, use an appropriate editor for the property list file, and add the following children under JSPrefs, using Type : Array in each case: ConsoleOpen, ConsoleInput, EnableDebugger, and Exceptions. Under each of these children, add the following children: 0 (number) and 1 (boolean).
3. Close and restart Adobe Reader. At this point the Debugger will be available.

Registry key/value pairs for Windows

bConsoleInput REG_DWORD 0×00000001
bEnableDebugger REG_DWORD 0×00000001
iExceptions REG_DWORD 0×00000002
(This will break into the Debugger when exceptions occur.)

Note: Since Adobe Reader does not provide access to the Debugger through its menu items or the Ctrl + J key sequence, the only ways to access the Debugger are to execute a JavaScript, cause an error, or customize the user interface (for example, you could add a button that runs a JavaScript causing the Debugger to appear).

As you learned earlier when opening the JavaScript Console, which is integrated with the Debugger dialog box, the Debugger may be opening in Acrobat Pro by selecting Advanced > Document Processing > JavaScript Debugger. In addition, the Debugger automatically opens if a running script throws an exception or encounters a previously set break point.

Note: The JavaScript Debugger cannot be used to analyze JavaScript stored in HTML pages viewed by web browsers or any other kind of scripting languages.

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Great Use of Multimedia in Acrobat 9

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Read "Farewell Richard Wright" at "Shredding The Document", the Acrobat Product Management Blog.

The PDF mentioned uses just about every cool new thing we’ve jammed into the new version.

Enjoy!

GREAT article about Flash in PDF

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Read Marc Liron’s article on his vision for Flash video in Acrobat 9.

Read it here