Monday, January 30, 2012

Acrobat -- Search & Replace Text in Form Fields

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Similar to my Search & Replace Text in Bookmarks script, you can use this new script to search and replace the text in all the text fields in a single file, and if you have Acrobat Pro you can run this as an Action (AKA Batch Sequence) on multiple files, all for the low price of just $20!

IMPORTANT: This tool does not edit the actual static text of a PDF file, only text that is a part of a form field!

Using this script is very easy. You just enter the search term and the replace term:
And all of the matching text in your text fields is edited.



On top of that, you can even use some basic Regular Expression commands, like \d for a digit, \s for white-spaces, $ as the beginning of the string and ^ for the end of it, etc.

If you have any questions regarding this tool, you can contact me directly.

Software Recommendation: SnapIt

Just wanted to recommend a handy tool I've been using to create my posts for this website: SnapIt Screen Capture is a handy tool for grabbing and saving screenshots.

You can capture anything you see on your PC screen with SnapIt. It is convenient tool for graphic designers, bloggers who capture and crop images for their posts, for tech writers who need to describe menus and interfaces of applications, web designers and those who work with graphics every day. It captures and auto saves images with one click.

* Supports hotkeys, auto-saving, clipboard
* Automatically copies screenshots to the clipboard
* Tracks capture history, auto-saves captured images
* Saves files in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF formats
* Auto-names captured images

For more information you can visit:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Acrobat -- Create Custom Email Links

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Acrobat has a built-in way to create links from email addresses, but the links are all the same and can't be customized in any way.
Using this script you can create email links that change their color when you hover above them with the mouse (from black to blue), and can even be customized to create an email with a certain subject line, CC or BCC addresses, and even the email message body itself.

The PDF file with the text before running the script:

The same file, with the newly created link:

The link as it looks like when hovering over it with the mouse:

If you have any questions regarding this tool, you can contact me directly.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Acrobat -- Extract Groups of Pages

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Using this tool you can extract repeating groups of pages from your PDF files.
All you have to do is enter the number of pages per new file, and optionally range of pages to process in the original document (the default values are the first and last pages), and the script will take care of the rest.
The new files will be saved in the same folder as the original one.

For example, if you have a 10-page document and you select the following settings:

When the script is done, you'll see that 4 new files were created:

And you can find them in the same location as the original:

If you have any questions regarding this tool, you can contact me directly.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Acrobat -- Apply Automatic Date Calculation

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Update: I've created a file that demonstrates how the script works. It can be downloaded from here.

One of the most common tasks when working with date fields is to automatically apply a certain data calculation to a field. For example, you want to have a field with today's date, and then one that automatically shows 4 days after from that date, or 2 weeks or a month, or something similar. This is usually quite complex and time consuming to implement, but no longer...

Using this new tool I've created you can easily select your initial field, the amount of time to add (or subtract!) from it, the target field, the date format to use, and you can even specify to the script to ignore weekends (Saturday and Sunday) or to specify a list of holidays to ignore (this can be useful when calculating working days, for example).

Here's how the tool looks like in Acrobat:

In this case, the result is that the field called "Text3" will automatically have the date of "Text2", plus 5 weeks, unless that date falls on a weekend or one of of the holidays specified in the list. In that case it will be the first following day after that.

If you have any questions regarding this tool, you can contact me directly.