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Adobe Acrobat 8 in the Office by Donna L. Baker

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Chapter 11. Building a Powerful Interactive Document

What do you think when you hear the phrase “PDF file?” Do you associate PDF files with flat, printed documents? Or do you associate PDF files with those viewed or downloaded from an online source, again as flat, two-dimensional files? That, amigos, is just the beginning.

Acrobat’s functions and objects can be controlled by Acrobat JavaScript, a version of the powerful and highly configurable language that is behind many of the interactive objects and elements you see every day online. It may come as a surprise that much of the interactivity you see online, such as video, forms, and buttons is also available in a PDF document.

Using a PDF file as a vehicle for multimedia and interactive content ...

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