Acrobat : Java Glossary

The CurrCon Java Applet displays prices on this web page converted with today’s exchange rates into your local international currency, e.g. Euros, US dollars, Canadian dollars, British Pounds, Indian Rupees… CurrCon requires an up-to-date browser and Java version 1.8, preferably 1.8.0_131. If you can’t see the prices in your local currency, Troubleshoot. Use Firefox for best results.

acrobat  Acrobat
was Adobe’s free viewer for PDF (Portable Document Format) files. It has been replaced by a web-based version 2018.011.20035 Last revised/verified: 2018-02-13 called Acrobat DC (Document Cloud). PDF gives much finer control over placement and look of the text and images than you have with HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). PDF files are much more compact than the equivalent bit map files because they contain PostScript ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) text which is rendered in the viewer. I discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the PDF vs HTML4 format under PDF. Acrobat itself comes in versions: free reader, elements (basic), standard, pro and 3D (the fanciest). You can optionally install the Digital Editions feature. This lets you download and read copy protected electronic books. To create PDF files you will want the following tools:
Adobe Acrobat PDF Tools
Tool Approx
CurrCon Applet needs Java 1.8 or later to display prices in your local currency.
CurrCon Applet needs Java 1.8 or later to display prices in your local currency.
Adobe Acrobat Reader X free Adobe Acrobat Reader aka Adobe Reader 2015.010.20056. Last revised/verified: 2016-01-12. May be discontinued. I could not get the primary download site to work. There is an alternate download site http://get/, but Adode won’t let you access it except from the their troubleshooting page they show you after the usual download method fails. Lets you view PDF files. Works standalone or inside a browser. Don’t delete its "C:\Program Files\setup files\" even after the install is complete. It uses them for its auto-updating. When you install Acrobat, launch the downloadable from Windows Explorer, not from the command line. Otherwise it will just sit there doing nothing. After you install, check for updates. Adobe does not post the latest build.
Adobe Acrobat Standard X $300.00 USD Converts word processing documents, Adobe Illustrator files, graphic images and PostScript files to PDF format. Also lets you edit PDF files and add annotations to them. It lets you convert paper forms to electronic ones in minutes. The tool would make Java programmers drool. You can just as easily convert electronically created form images into live forms to capture data. This tool is so easy to use a non programmer could create a form that web users fill and click to submit to a database, to a CGI (Common Gateway Interface) server or as email. You can import the emails back into Acrobat to view them nicely formatted. It permits tacking on custom JavaScript code for more advanced applications. Lets you import and export in HTML format. Last revised/verified: 2010-11-18
Adobe Acrobat 3D X $1000.00 USD Top of the line Acrobat. Handled 3D information as well. Last revised/verified: 2010-11-18
Adobe Capture 3 $250.00 USD OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program that lets you scan documents into PDF format. Very good at seamlessly turning whatever it cannot understand with OCR into an embedded graphic. You can’t tell by looking at the final result which parts were done with graphics and which with OCR. In theory you could use any OCR program, such as TextBridge. Last revised/verified: 2010-11-18
Adobe Capture 3 Cluster $4000.00 USD Like Adobe Capture personal, except that it organises the many different people working on the same giant project, some scanning, some touching up, some preparing indexes and links. Last revised/verified: 2007-06-05
Adobe GoLive Cs2 $400.00 USD Once you export your PDF into HTML you can tweak it with GoLive, or any other HTML editor such as Dreamweaver. I have not had a chance to see what the HTML looks like that Acrobat creates. I assume it will be as disgusting as that produced by MS Word. It would take huge amounts of cleanup to convert it to rival directly-generated HTML for compressibility. However bulky, it should render reasonably faithfully. Last revised/verified: 2007-06-05
The only absolutely essential tool is Adobe Acrobat. The rest you can live without. You can even create PDF files without even that, using the online-PDF creation service.

All Adobe software is overpriced and ponderously slow. You need higher end computers no more than a couple of years old to run it satisfactorily. For document composition, you want NT, W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32 and W10-64. You want a scanner with a sheet feed. The Acrobat viewer works fine even on older equipment. If you use a flat bed scanner, someone has to sit there feeding it painfully page by page.

I spent a day at an Adobe Acrobat seminar. One thing that made my eyes pop was their Acrobat tool for taking a paper form and converting it to a data-validated electronic form. You could do in about 5 minutes what would take a couple of days coding in Java.

Granted the final form was suited for submission only, not inquiry and it did not have GridBag flexibility and was based on a bulky bit map background image and the validation edits were not as extensive as you could do in Java. They only supported JavaScript stubs. However, boy could you churn those forms out quickly! Even your grandmother could do it.

If there were a tool that could take an Acrobat form and convert it into the equivalent GridBag Java code, you could crank out real code like a madman.

I think we Java programmers ought to have a look at the Acrobat forms creation tool to see what we are aiming for in ease of Java layout programming.

There is now a Java version of the Acrobat Reader that will run on any platform that supports Java.

For a low-cost alternative, $50.00 USD , to Acrobat, you can use Zenon’s Docucom PDF Creator. It is a special print driver that converts anything you print in Windows to a PDF file.

When viewing a document in Acrobat, make sure you hit the Acrobat print button, not the browser print button. Otherwise you will just get a page printed with an empty frame.

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