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'''Some useful JavaScript examples'''
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=Some useful JavaScript examples=
  
  
  
'''1. Insert the current date into a Text Field (DateField) when the PDF is opened.'''
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==Insert the current date into a Text Field (DateField) when the PDF is opened==
  
  
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''function date() {
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  var fld = this.getField("DateField");
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  fld.value = util.printd("dd mmmm yyyy",new Date());
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}
  
''function date()
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date(); // call my function''
  
{var fld = this.getField("DateField");
 
 
 
fld.value = util.printd("dd mmmm yyyy",new Date());
 
 
 
}
 
 
date(); // call my function''
 
 
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To place this function, on Menu select Edit - > JavaScripts -> Add
 
To place this function, on Menu select Edit - > JavaScripts -> Add
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'''2. Insert the current year into a Text Field (Year) when the PDF is opened.'''
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'''3. Hide a Text Field (zzztext) when the PDF is viewed on Screen but allow the field to Print.'''
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'''5. Create a Text Field with the Date Printed which only appears on the printed document.'''
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==Create a Text Field with the Date Printed which only appears on the printed document==
  
  

Revision as of 21:11, 1 February 2008

This article is part of the HOWTOs series.
Installation Usage PDF issues Imposition Other

Introduction

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  1. Your first PDF form with Scribus
  2. How to create an e-Mail PDF Survey Form
  3. Your second PDF form with Scribus
  4. Enhance PDF forms with JavaScript

If you have attempted the previous PDF how-to’s, you will be aware that you can create some powerful forms by using Scribus and Acrobat Reader. Unfortunately, Adobe has put restrictions on Reader so that it does not have all the capabilities of Acrobat Professional. However, there are many useful features still available, especially with using JavaScript to make Scribus PDF forms very useful.


Information and References Available

The Adobe Web Site has two free references available on JavaScripting:

  • Acrobat JavaScript Scripting Guide (PDF, 2.5M)
  • Acrobat JavaScript Scripting Reference (PDF, 7.1M)

Acrobat Community




Some useful JavaScript examples

Insert the current date into a Text Field (DateField) when the PDF is opened

function date() {
 var fld = this.getField("DateField");
 fld.value = util.printd("dd mmmm yyyy",new Date());
}
date(); // call my function


To place this function, on Menu select Edit - > JavaScripts -> Add


You can cut and paste the code from this page. There must be a Text Field on the page named DateField.


Insert the current year into a Text Field (Year) when the PDF is opened

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function Year()

{var fld1 = this.getField("Year");


fld1.value = util.printd("yyyy",new Date());


}

Year(); // call my function

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To place this function, on Menu select Edit - > JavaScripts -> Add


You can cut and paste the code from this page. There must be a Text Field on the page named Year


Hide a Text Field (zzztext) when the PDF is viewed on Screen but allow the field to Print

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function HideView()

{var title = this.getField("zzztext");

title.display = display.noView;

}

HideView();// call my function

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To place this function, on Menu select Edit - > JavaScripts -> Add


You can cut and paste the code from this page. There must be a Text Field on the page named zzztext


Create a Print Button

Create a Button Field

Right click with your mouse on the “Print” Button

A menu pops up and select PDF Options –> Field Properties

Next select the Action Tab –> choose JavaScript and then in the default Mouse Up event -

Click on Edit and insert the following

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var pp = this.getPrintParams();


pp.interactive = pp.constants.interactionLevel.silent;


pp.printContent = pp.constants.printContents.formFieldsOnly;


this.print(pp);

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Create a Text Field with the Date Printed which only appears on the printed document

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function Print()

{var oDate = new Date(); // get the current date time object

var sDate = util.printd("mm/dd/yyyy h:mm t" , oDate); // format date time string

this.getField("TimePrint").value = "Printed: " + sDate + "m"; // fillin the field value

}

Print();// call my function

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To place this function, on Menu select Edit - > JavaScripts -> Add


You can cut and paste the code from this page. There must be a Text Field on the page named TimePrint.


You will also need to create a HideView function for the TimePrint Field some that the field is hidden from view until the document is printed.