Set the standard field format

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Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022

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Is it possible to customize the format of fields globally, like in a json file or something. We are prepairing a large number of forms with the following requiste

 

Date: dd.mm.yyyy

Number: 2 decimals:  1'234.56

Soc. security: 999.9999.9999.99

 

None of the other, build in formats are needed. 

Is it possible to set this standards per JavaScript?

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022

As mentioned, no, this is not possible in Acrobat.

You can use a script to do it, like this (paid-for) one I've developed (https://www.try67.com/tool/acrobat-apply-format-to-multiple-text-fields) which allows you to process fields based on their name, so if you name all your date field "Date_XXX", or all the SSN fields "SSN_", or something like that, you could specify that pattern to it and apply the desired Format setting to all those fields in a single process.

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No, there is no easy way as in the browser based JavaScript that you are referring to. You can however write a script that goes through all fields and then sets the appropriate field scripts via the Field.setAction() function: https://opensource.adobe.com/dc-acrobat-sdk-docs/acrobatsdk/html2015/index.html#t=Acro12_MasterBook%...

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Took me a little bit to find this, but apparently I wrote about how to do this seven years ago 🙂 

 

https://khkonsulting.com/2015/09/apply-standard-pdf-form-field-formattingkeystrokevalidation-events-...

 

 

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I'm doing that already for the fonts and checkmarks.

 

app.addMenuItem({
	cName: "Set Fields",
	cParent: "Edit",
	cExec: "set_all_fields();"
});


function set_all_fields()
{
    console.show();

	for(var n=0; n<this.numFields; n++) {
		var fieldName = this.getNthFieldName(n);
		var field = this.getField(fieldName);
		console.println(fieldName);
		switch(field.type) {
			case 'text' :
				field.textFont = 'Arial';
				field.textSize = 9;
				break;
			case 'checkbox':
				field.style = style.ch;
				break;
			default: console.println(field.type);
				break;
		}
	}
}

 

But unfortunately I don't know the names of the fields as Acrobat assigns its own fieldnames from the surrounding elements (randomly it seems).

 

But try67 suggestion might help me here. will try and post

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As mentioned, no, this is not possible in Acrobat.

You can use a script to do it, like this (paid-for) one I've developed (https://www.try67.com/tool/acrobat-apply-format-to-multiple-text-fields) which allows you to process fields based on their name, so if you name all your date field "Date_XXX", or all the SSN fields "SSN_", or something like that, you could specify that pattern to it and apply the desired Format setting to all those fields in a single process.

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btw try67. we might be tempted to buy your Format tool. Does it still work on windows 10/11?

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Yes, it does!

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